Alive at Five is so excited to welcome legend Slick Rick The Ruler on June 20th with DJ T.G.I.F and Giant Gorilla Dog Thing presented by Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA Overit Media KeyBank and Jamz 96.3!!
Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, known to the world as Slick Rick and widely regarded as "hip-hop's greatest storyteller", is a London-born, Grammy-nominated performer and the most successful
British-American rapper in music history. The hip-hop veteran began his career in 1983, as a member of Doug E. Fresh's Get Fresh Crew, pioneering what is today celebrated as the "Golden Age of Hip- Hop". With four albums to his credit – the landmark The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988), The Ruler's Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994) and The Art of Storytelling (1999 – Rick has collaborated with a range of musical icons, from Jay-Z and Missy Elliot to Outkast, Jermaine Dupri, Mos Def, Common, R. Kelly and Aaliyah. His music has been sampled and interpolated over 650 times, by such artistsas Eminem, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Beastie Boys, TLC, Nas, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Black Star,
The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Color Me Badd. In the process, he's become the most sampled (0ver 600 times) hip-hop artist ever. Many of the new songs became hit singles, underscoring his timeless influence. In 2018, thirty years after his legacy-defining debut, two Kanye West-produced albums, West's Ye and Nas' Nasir, splendidly spotlighted two "Great Adventures" samples. Beyond that, Rick made cameo appearances in a pair of music videos, Black Eye Peas' "Constant" and "No Stylist" by
French Montana and Drake, that pay homage to Rick's lyrical and fashion flair. Ever the influence, he has been referenced in over 60 songs from the early 1990's to present day, by recording artists
such as Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Pitbull. will.i.am. Amy Winehouse, Big Sean and Future. Slick Rick has acted and cameo'd in more than 10 movies and videos. Music isn't his only passion though; on top of being a uniquely gifted lyricist, Rick is an actor and music producer known his fashion sense and for a growing list of business and philanthropic endeavors. The artist is known for his infamous eye-patch and heavily adorned jewelry. This self expression through personal style has become his signature and has never been successfully duplicated. In October 2018, Rick became the face of Pop-In@Nordstrom, an exclusive collection
celebrating the heritage, history and future of MCM. Shot by photographer Sue Kwon, the campaign drew heavily on the performer's penchant for wearing luxury brands like no one else.
Recognizing the need for positive influences, Rick has devoted his time to mentoring youth on the dangers of violence. Additionally, he has partnered with various local and national organizations
to raise awareness and funds for the issues impacting underserved communities.
Mission Accomplished Transition Services, Inc. will be taking tips in the beer garden to help benefit their programs. Stop by and find out what they are all about!