Hip-hop legend Slick Rick is set to be honored by the borough he was raised, the Bronx, via the highest honor bestowed on a former resident, when his name is added to the illustrious Bronx Walk of Fame.
With the 30th anniversary of his debut classic, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick looming, the legend will be added to the city’s Walk of Fame during a ceremony kicking off the 47th annual Bronx Week, running through May 20 this year.
Rick will join an iconic list previous Bronx Hall of Fame inductees, including Stanley Kubrick, Tony Orlando, Diahann Carroll, Red Buttons, and U.S. military general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But, he’s not the only one receiving the honor. In addition to the rapper, other inductees this year are #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and actress Maggie Siff, who portrays Wendy Rhoades in the Showtime series Billions.
“We’re proud to welcome back the sons and daughters of The Bronx to celebrate their accomplishments and induct them to the Bronx Walk of Fame,” said Diaz. Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council added, “It’s exciting to celebrate our Bronx heroes and sheroes during this celebration of the best of the borough.”
Slick Rick’s 1988 debut is widely considered one of hip-hop’s most influential albums of all time. At the time of its release, it was given a rare five-mic score from The Source magazine and remained at the top of Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart for ten weeks.