At 50, a Hip-Hop Pioneer Still Has Stories to Tell

NYTWhen Mandy Aragones watches a movie or television show with her husband, Ricky Walters, she is ready for a running commentary.

“Anything we watch, he always has another scenario,” she said. “He always finds an alternate ending.”

In the 1980s, his ability to spin a tale earned him fame as Slick Rick, the gold-draped rapper, also known as Rick the Ruler, with an eye patch and an English accent whose adventures propelled him to stardom. That was followed by prison time for a shooting, immigration problems and — to his relief — a 2008 pardon from Gov. David A. Paterson of New York.

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