Friday, May 23, 2008
FINALLY- A BIT OF JUSTICE
Hey gang, in 1989 I bought my first rap album...the total fucking masterpiece that is The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. It's greatness remains undiminished by time. From "La-Di-Da-Di" to "The Show" to "Hey Young World" to "Shouldn't Have Done It" to "The Ruler's Back" to the incredible "Mona Lisa" and of course "Lick The Balls", the man is one of my absolute favorites. His lyrics were way ahead of their time, and his ability to mimic people's speech patterns and inflections and bend linear story-telling into fantastically surreal shapes with a style that was unlike anyone before him. From his earliest recordings with the equally great Doug E Fresh to his incredibly imaginitive collaborations with The Bomb Squad he's influenced any rapper worth their salt- Nas, Guru, and basically ever member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He's had alot of legal problems...until now. The story is below. Congratulations Rick!
Hip-hop pioneer `Slick Rick' pardoned by N.Y. gov 39 minutes ago
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Gov. David Paterson is granting a full and unconditional pardon to rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters for the attempted murders of two men in 1991.
The pardon is expected to halt efforts to deport Walters to the United Kingdom, the country he left as a child.
The eyepatch-wearing star behind the '80s rap classic "La-Di-Da-Di" served more than five years in prison after the shooting of his cousin and another man. Both survived.
The governor says Walters is now a rap artist and landlord in the Bronx who hasn't had any criminal problems since his release from prison in 1997. He also says Walters has volunteered to counsel youths against violence.