Rapper Slick Rick Becomes A U.S. Citizen

Legendary UK born black rapper Slick Rick finally gets back on track after years of facing deportation.

Ricky M.L. Walters, a UK born hip-hop rapper famed in the 80’s, has been granted U.S. citizenship over the week on Friday April 15 in New York. Some of Rick’s most popular songs were “Children’s Story” and “Mona Lisa”.

He has been battling over the years against immigration after he was jailed for attempted murder and later released after spending five years in prison.  He was pardoned by New York Governor David A. Peterson.

According to reports, Rick was nearly deported in 2002 after he returned from a Caribbean concert cruise.

In an interview over the week, the old school rapper Rick, full of joy, said “This has been a long time coming for me, and I am relieved to finally put this long chapter behind me.”

I want to thank everyone—my family, friends and fans—who have supported me and stuck by me over these 23 years. I am truly blessed, and stay tuned, I will have more to announce soon,” he concluded.

What does Slick Rick have for Americans especially black people now that he’s become a U.S. citizen? His lyrics in those days mended souls and brought families together. Being out of the game for years might take some time to compete with rappers like Snoop Dogg, but he is a man who has fought for his right to be accepted in the society and is an inspiration to ex-convicts in similar situations.


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