Slick Rick The Ruler

Slick Rick The Ruler

American-Brit Victory, Exclusive NY Performance, Stro

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:45 pm

This event is 21 and over

Slick Rick The Ruler
Slick Rick The Ruler
Richard Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known by stage names Slick Rick, MC Ricky D and The Ruler, is a rapper. Originally from South Wimbledon, London, England, he moved with his family to The Bronx in 1975 where he met B-Weezy who taught him how to rap.[citation needed] He has always credited "B" from St. Louis for his success with his career. Rick's characteristic eyepatch was acquired after being blinded in the right eye by broken glass as an infant. He is best known for a series of rap recordings during the 1980s, including "Children's Story" and "La Di Da Di". -Charlie Rock of Harlem World crew was instrumental in bringing Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh together when Doug requested an introduction after he had seen him win local MC battle contests. It was at an MC contest at the 369 Armory on 142nd street in Harlem, given by promotion partners Ray Chandler & Charlie Rock, that Rick & Doug were formally introduced by Rock. -As a 20-year-old in the summer of 1985 he scored his first big hits (with Doug E. Fresh), "La Di Da Di" and "The Show" and "All the Way Down" circa. 1986. -Slick Rick released the song "La Di Da Di" back in the early 1980s which features Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew. His first album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick was released in 1988 while he was living in New York City. "Children's Story", which appears on The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, is one of the most famous songs in rap and has been covered by Black Star, Black Rob, Everlast, Messy Marv, Tricky's side project Nearly God, UK rapper Ramson Badbones, Björk, Nonpoint, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Japanese rapper Zeebra. "Children's Story" was also featured on the videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on Playback FM, a classic hip-hop station. The album attained platinum status, but Rick was unable to exploit this due to an arrest for attempted murder. He shot a bystander and his cousin whom he’d hired as a body guard and who later admitted to having Walters shot outside a club in 1991. Russell Simmons, head of Def Jam records, bailed him out and Rick quickly recorded The Ruler's Back before spending five years in prison, two for the second degree attempted murder charges he received for that shooting, and three while hassling with Immigrations Services over his residency in the US. "La Di Da Di", "Mona Lisa" and "Children's Story" are among his best known songs, with "La Di Da Di" being covered nearly word-for-word by Snoop Dogg on his 1993 album Doggystyle.

Brooklyn, NY born and bred Stro, formerly known as Astro and Astronomical Kid is a rapper, lyricist, producer, actor, and true child of Hip Hop. Raised by a Jamaican mother whom is an accomplished multi-faceted writer in her own right, Stro took to the roots of Hip Hop at a very early age, beginning to write and perform at age 9. Citing Tupac, Jay Z, Biggie and Nas as his largest musical influences, he describes his sound as a mélange of rap, jazz, 80’s pop, and 90’s & early 2000’s Hip Hop.

He burst onto the scene and into the homes of millions in 2011 as a Top 7 contestant on The X-Factor US, where he received rave reviews, notably from mentor and Epic Records CEO, L.A. Reid. After a brief deal with Epic, he created the music & lifestyle label Grade A Tribe that he aims to position as “a new age Roc-A-Fella”, merging his musical releases with lifestyle wear including apparel and accessories. To date, Stro has released an independent album titled Computer Era, 7 mixtapes, most recently B.E.S.T B.Y F.A.R at the top of 2016. Currently he is releasing the “Flood”, 2 songs a week for the entire month of January, with a forthcoming independent album to be released this March. In 2016 Stro also completed his first European tour “Live at the BBQ”. Making stops in Switzerland, France and Germany.

In addition to his music, Stro is an accomplished young actor, having started his theatrical career in 2012 in the role of Darren McGrady on CBS crime drama, Person of Interest. He went on to play the role of Tuck in 2014’s Earth to Echo, TJ in A Walk

Among the Tombstones alongside Liam Neeson, and notably the role of Dash Hosney in Fox’s Red Band Society. Not one to be typecast, Stro is featured in the war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk alongside stars Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, and Kristen Stewart, among others.

Wise beyond his years, Stro aims to create a body of work that is timeless. Inspired by the influence on music and film career of one of his idols, Tupac, it is without a doubt that he is on the right track, and just getting started.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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