Rapper Slick Rick will make his concert debut as an American citizen at the Insane Clown Posse's annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival.
The Mona Lisa star, who moved to New York from his native London, England in 1976, was granted U.S. citizenship last month (Apr16) following a 23-year legal battle, and now he is ready to get back to work.
He has joined the line up for the 17th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos three-day event in Ohio this July (16), when he will perform alongside the likes of Tech N9ne, Twiztid, Suicide Silence, and Gwar, reports AllHipHop.com.
Slick Rick's citizenship victory came after he was fully pardoned in 2008 for various legal issues over the years, including attempted murder charges relating to the shooting of his cousin/bodyguard Mark Plummer in 1991. He served five years behind bars and was subsequently released on parole, which was completed in 2000.
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Rapper Slick Rick has been granted U.S. citizenship following a 23-year legal battle.
The Mona Lisa star was born in London, England and moved to The Bronx, New York in 1976. In 1991, Slick Rick, real name Ricky Walters, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and eight other charges stemming from an incident, during which he shot his cousin/bodyguard Mark Plummer for allegedly trying to extort him and threatening to kill Walters and his mother. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half to 10 years in prison and served five years. His parole was completed in 2000.
During his legal issues, a judge halted deportation proceedings against Walters and granted him a waiver of admissibility, according to RollingStone.com. However, in 2001, he was arrested trying to enter the U.S. through Florida following a concert on a cruise ship. He spent 17 months at an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) facility and was released in 2003.
In 2006, officials at the the Department of Homeland Security tried to deport Walters again, but he was fully pardoned two years later (08) by then-New York Governor David Paterson. That cleared the way for Walters to become a citizen and on Friday (15Apr16) he realised his dream of becoming an American.
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Slick Rick , Nigel Stargate - The event was hosted by Tony Rock and held at Ebanos Crossing in Downtown Los Angeles at ebanos crossing - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 1st September 2015
British-born Rap Pioneer Slick Rick Is Giving Fans A Chance To Rock His Signature Bejewelled Look On A Specially-designed T-shirt, Which Will Only Be Available To Purchase For Just Four Days.
The hip-hop icon, real name Ricky Walters, has teamed up with bosses at apparel firm Teespring to produce the white T-shirt, which features images of the La Di Da Di hitmaker's famous heavy gold chains around the neckline.
But the fashion venture won't last long - fans have until Wednesday (02Sep15) to buy the item, priced at $25.99 (£16.24), before it disappears from retailers for good.
A statement issued by Slick Rick reads: "I'm very excited to offer the public this first-ever item of clothing from me.
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Rapper Nas Has Teamed Up With Bosses At Restaurant Chain Sweet Chick To Help Expand The Company's Presence Across The U.s.
The New York City eatery's second location opened last year (14) and executives are working with the One Mic hitmaker to secure funding, according to Billboard.com.
A statement from restaurant co-owner John Seymour reads: "As we continue to grow and develop the Sweet Chick brand, we want to align with partners and artists that understand what we represent.
"When conceptualizing Sweet Chick, we understood the history of chicken & waffles and wanted to have an amazing product while paying homage to its roots within the music community of NYC."
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Embattled Rapper Dmx Is At The Centre Of A Police Investigation Amid Allegations He Robbed A Man At A New Jersey Gas Station In The Early Hours Of Sunday (05apr15).
A 21-year-old man claims he approached the Get It On The Floor hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, outside an Exxon petrol station just after midnight after recognising the star.
The pair engaged in "a brief conversation about rap music", before a member of DMX's entourage pulled a gun on the fan and demanded he hand over all of his cash, according to Sergeant Ronald Glover of the Newark Police Department.
As the man took $3,200 (£2,000) from his pocket, DMX allegedly "snatched the money out of his hand".
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The Brit, real name Richard Walters, invited fans to attend the show at Brooklyn Bowl to help him mark the age milestone and delighted the crowd by revisiting old hits, including La Di Da Di.
He then introduced Nas to the stage for a surprise collaboration on his classic Children's Story.
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British-born rap pioneer Slick Rick is still facing a struggle against U.S. immigration authorities over his past criminal convictions - despite receiving a pardon from a New York governor earlier this year (08).
The hip-hop icon, real name Ricky Walters, has been jailed in the U.S twice - once in 1991 for attempted murder and assault , and again in 2002 over immigration issues.
He was released from jail in 2003 after spending 18 months in detention, and New York Governor David Paterson officially pardoned the star for his crime in May (08).
But the La Di Da Di hitmaker admits his fight isn't over yet.
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Jay-Z stunned rap fans at the Jones Beach event when he joined Nas for two songs.
The two rap heavyweights performed Black Republican and Jay-Z's Success anthem.
Meanwhile, Rhymes gave the reunited A Tribe Called Quest's headlining spot a little star power when he joined them for a version of Scenario.
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New York Governor DAVID PATERSON has given embattled rapper Slick Rick something to celebrate after years of fighting deportation attempts - by pardoning him.
The La Di Da Di hitmaker, who was born in London, has been granted a full and unconditional pardon for the attempted murders of his cousin and another man.
The rapper, real name Ricky Walters, served more than five years behind bars for the 1991 shooting of the two men, who both survived.
But he has been fighting a federal bid to kick him out of the U.S., where he now lives, ever since.
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LATEST: British-born rapper Slick Rick has appeared on an American radio station to fight against his possible deportation from his adopted country.
The Hip-Hop star, real name RICKY WALTERS, served a five year conviction in 1991 for attempted murder, but a Florida judge recently overturned a three-year-old ruling that allowed the rapper to remain in the US.
Walters slammed the decision on the liberal radio station NPR.
He says, "I just see the laws as not being humane enough.
"If a person hasn't committed a crime since 1990, 16 years later we want to throw him out because of some kind of paperwork technicality?
"That's a problem with Congress and a lot of things that are going on in the world today. We have to present ourselves in the international world as humane and intellectual.
"We cannot present ourselves as having lack of compassion."