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The life of a porn addicted housewife.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Beat Boxin' And Inspector Gadget 

What could be better on a Friday morning than a good dose of Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh? In my opinion, nothing!

Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh collaborate on the song “The Show” from Slick Rick’s album The Art Of Storytelling released on Def Jam Records in May of 1999. The song was originally released by Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew in 1985. One of the members of The Get Fresh Crew was MC Ricky D who later changed his name to Slick Rick.

Doug E. Fresh (Doug E. Davis) is considered to be the first human beat box in rap. Some still consider him to be one of, if not the, best today.
Doug E. got his start in 1983 with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey on the single “Pass The Budda”. His second album “The Worlds Greatest Entertainer” broke him onto the billboard charts. Slick Rick went his own way and became even more popular. Doug E. Fresh was never able to keep up with his momentum so he ended up re-collaborating with Slick Rick.

Slick Rick (Ricky Waters) was born in London England to Jamaican parents. He was blinded in one eye by broken glass when he was a baby and so the eye patch he wears is more than just a prop. His family brought him to the United States in the late 70’s. Unfortunately he never got his US citizenship.
After leaving The Get Fresh Crew, Slick Rick released his debut solo album “The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick” in 1988.
In 1990 Slick Rick was arrested for attempted murder after shooting at his cousin and then leading the police on a high speed chase (stupid move!) Before he was sentenced he threw a bunch of songs together and released the album “The Ruler’s Back” which sold miserably. He was released from prison in 1996.
After 9-11 the US INS was busy arresting and deporting anyone they could get a hold of who was not a citizen and who had been convicted of a crime. Slick Rick met this profile exactly. INS arrested him in Florida and put him back in prison where they tried to deport him to England. His wife, children, and parents are all US citizens, but Rick had never gotten his citizenship. After getting support from fans and celebrities such as Russell Simmons and Will Smith, Slick Rick was released from jail after spending 17 months waiting for a verdict.
Here is a good story regarding his arrest and release from INS.

Just recently Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh have been performing together at various concerts. It’s good to see them back together. Slick Rick is planning a new album at this time.

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