Hip-hop pioneer, Slick Rick, has traveled through time effortlessly. His intricate verses, distinctive style that somehow transitions from late ‘80s to 2015 smoothly, and overall swag would not pin him to be 50 years old. However, last month the Lodi Dodi-rapper crossed that half-century marker and still out here speaking knowledge with the same flow and grace.
The New York Times ran a profile on the MC where he spoke about growing up on Fordham Road and what it was like coming out in one of hip-hop’s original birthplaces. He spoke of the genre as if it was a living thing that effects people deeper than just a few beats and rhyming words together.
“Hip-hop disrupted the order of things,” Rick said. “It was the pulpit, and if you put the right person in front of the pulpit, they can speak for the youth of the planet.” He also pulled it forward to today’s music and how he’s not exactly pleased with where the sound has come to.
“Instead, it was altered and diluted,” he said. “What you see now are performers who have been broken to fit into a mold. They are not going to disrupt the order of things.”
It sounds like Rick the Ruler is nowhere parting ways with his beloved and has no desire of turning in an old man (“I don’t talk like a 50-year-old person”). Slick Rick is as relevant today as he was back in the day kicking verses next to Doug E. Fresh.
“Sometimes miserable old people depend on happy young people to give them a sense of purpose,” he says, “Not me. Of course not!”
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