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NAKHI the SOLORIAN
05-24-2008, 08:46 AM
By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Pioneering rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters, who spent more than five years in prison on a 1991 attempted murder conviction and faced threats of deportation years after rehabilitating his life, was granted a full and unconditional pardon Friday by New York Gov. David Paterson.
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Walters, 43, has been under threat of being sent back to his native United Kingdom, although he has lived in the United States since he was a child. In a statement, he expressed gratitude to Paterson and his lawyers, and hoped that he could finally put the turmoil behind him.
"This has been a long and difficult road and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all," Walters said. "I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life."
In announcing the decision, Paterson noted Walters' commitment to helping young people.
The eye patch-wearing star behind '80s rap classics like "La-Di-Da-Di" and "Children's Story" was a successful rapper when he was convicted of shooting his cousin and another man in 1991. Both survived.
Although he had completed probation requirements in the attempted murder case and resumed his musical career, he was arrested again in June 2002. Immigration agents stopped him after he returned to Miami from a weeklong Caribbean cruise where he was a featured performer.
The arrest was on a 1997 Immigration and Naturalization Service warrant that had not been pursued earlier, and he spent 17 months in jail, despite calls for Walters' release from such luminaries as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Will Smith and Chris Rock.
A federal judge eventually ruled in October 2003 that the Bureau of Immigration Appeals denied Walters' due process when it issued the warrant, but Homeland Security officials pressed forward in the case. In 2006, Walters told The Associated Press he was simply going to keep working and play out his appeals.
"If you were in my shoes, how would you look at life?" he said then. "You'd ride life out, too. Anger would just make life not enjoyable, you know what I mean?"
The Democratic governor noted that Walters is now a rap artist and landlord in the Bronx who has not had any other criminal problems since his release from prison and has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel against violence.
"Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence imposed upon him for his convictions, had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole, and has been living without incident in the community for more than 10 years," Paterson said. "I urge federal immigration officials to once again grant Mr. Walters relief from deportation, so that he is not separated from his many family members who are United States citizens, including his two teenage children."





finally some good news for Hip Hop

Ritter
05-24-2008, 08:48 AM
Co-Sign

I always loved Slick Rick as a character,though I couldnt always listen to him.

SaqurakiHanamichi
05-24-2008, 11:22 AM
Co-Sign

I always loved Slick Rick as a character,though I couldnt always listen to him.

he got the ill style and accent, something different

JerseyIronman
05-24-2008, 02:15 PM
hahah what do u know, NY gets a black governor and he starts pardoning rappers

Maccabee Ridah
05-24-2008, 02:26 PM
he got the ill style and accent, something different
but still great lyrics......
look just at children's story.....
the whole fuckin story placed in just 4 mins....

DUMBO
05-24-2008, 04:46 PM
great news. i am looking forward to slick rick returning. his is one of the sharpest conceptually and lyrically and also with a distinctive flow.

S.T.
05-24-2008, 04:57 PM
Pffffffff, look at suckers giving props to a washed-up rapper who ain't came up with nothing for 20 years. Really cool, thank you. He still a lamer.

SHEEPISH LORD OF CHAOS
05-24-2008, 05:13 PM
Pffffffff, look at suckers giving props to a washed-up rapper who ain't came up with nothing for 20 years. Really cool, thank you. He still a lamer.

WOW YOUR IGNORANT AS FUCK YOU HAVEN'T HEAR OF THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN 1999/2000 OR HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING ELSE HE DID PROLLY NOT AND HE ISN'T WASHED UP HE STILL DOES SHOWS AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT LOOKS LIKE UR THE LAMER

S.T.
05-24-2008, 06:05 PM
HAHAHAHAHA he caught feelings HAHAHAHAHA


became emotional wreck because of a forgotten ass rapper jeez


what a fucking waste of badwidth

5thlion
05-24-2008, 09:35 PM
this dude a legend man i remember being a young buck listening to this cat.
childrens story owns 90 percent of the shit thats out now shit if hip hop had a body that song would be the right arm of it word respect the elders

whitey
05-24-2008, 10:33 PM
Pffffffff, look at suckers giving props to a washed-up rapper who ain't came up with nothing for 20 years. Really cool, thank you. He still a lamer.



Wow, is this a real comment?


Slick Rick is still better than your favorite rapper. Go check out hip hop police by Chamillionare. The dude still got it ya lil buster.

SaqurakiHanamichi
05-25-2008, 12:05 AM
HAHAHAHAHA he caught feelings HAHAHAHAHA


became emotional wreck because of a forgotten ass rapper jeez


what a fucking waste of badwidth


why do u have to talk about him like that.... did he fuk ur mom or something?

Mic Tyson
05-25-2008, 12:53 AM
Pffffffff, look at suckers giving props to a washed-up rapper who ain't came up with nothing for 20 years. Really cool, thank you. He still a lamer.

what a stupid ass comment, u must have started listening to rap 5 years ago.