Slick Rick, Vursatyl, and DJ Wicked at The Get Down in Portland, OR – Sunday, February 4

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The following description comes from the event organizer.

Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, better known as Slick Rick, is a Grammy-nominated, English-born performer and the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Born and raised in the London district of Surrey to Jamaican parents, Rick migrated to the Bronx. Enrolled as a Graphic Arts major at the High School of Music & Arts, he learned to paint pictures with words and unknowingly created a persona that encompassed his U.K., U.S., and Caribbean roots.

Just 19 years old when he entered the professional vocal booth, then known as MC Ricky D, he was ready for his close-up, recording the double single gem “The Show” and “La Di Da Di” alongside Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew. Projecting a fresh verbal flow and a narrative style displaying five Rickys in one body: producer, storyteller, actor, director, and singer, he quickly became the third artist signed to Def Jam Records. The Ruler has four multiplatinum albums to his credit: the landmark “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick,” “The Ruler’s Back,” “Behind Bars,” and “The Art of Storytelling.”

Rick emerged as a wordsmith like no other. Compared to narrative greats Walt Disney, Zora Neal Hurston, and Orson Welles, Slick Rick is the most sampled hip-hop artist ever! He is sampled in over 650 records (Jay-Z, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, etc.) and referenced by over 60 artists in all genres of music! Slick Rick is the blueprint—he is music royalty!

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