Happy Birthday to Slick Rick, today the legend turns 54 years old. Born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters on this date in 1965 in London, England, Slick Rick is known as one of the best storytellers in the history of hip hop. We are forever inspired by his humorous music and one of a kind style, here are 7 random facts you may not have known about Rick The Ruler:
The eye patch.
Slick Rick was known for his outstanding style, jewelry, and eye patch. Although everyone assumed the patch was a fashion statement, it was not. At only 1 years old, he was left blinded in the right eye after a window broke and his eye was hit with glass.
“A Children’s Story”
Out of his entire discography, “A Children’s Story” is his favorite song.
He’s British Jamaican.
Slick Rick was born to Jamaican parents in the South Wimbledon district of London.
Bronx Hall Of Fame.
On May 20th, Slick Rick was added to the illustrious Bronx Walk of Fame alongside #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, the highest honor bestowed on a resident or former resident of the Bronx, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz has announced.
He’s heavily involved in real estate.
Mr.Walters begin to invest in real estate at the beginning of his career. He has owned/managed several properties in New York for the past 30 years.
Voiceovers & work in the comic/cartoon space.
He has a cartoon book entitled “Children’s Story” with Traffic Entertainment and Universal Music Group, AR (augmented reality) voice over work for Masters of the Sun & Marvel Comics, and voice-over work for “Yo Gabba Gabba”.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
You can find one of Slick Ricks royal blue eye patches at the Musical Crossroads exhibition at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.