It’s been nearly 25 years since Ricky Walters, also known as Slick Rick released a new project. According to an Instagram post from the legendary photographer, Jonathan Mannion, there is an upcoming album on the way from “The Ruler.”
With multiple appearances around the states celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, Slick Rick has been seen on many stages performing the hits that have made him a household name in hip-hop circles. Now, after not having a new album to bless the hip-hop audience, it is rumored that the England-born recording artist will have another project for the masses soon.
Mannion, who has photographed countless hip-hop albums over the years (including Nas, Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross to name a few) revealed a photo of him and Rick hanging out and drinking champagne. In his caption, he stated that he had taken new pictures of the revered rapper for his latest collection of music.
“REASONING. This man has lived a helluva life to reach this current calm. Blessed to have received the call that the new album was on the way… a fresh new approach to tunes, now with newly created legendary photos to match. We collaborate well. As I did the first time that I ever photographed the incomparable @therulernyc in 1998, I brought champagne to toast him. @moetchandon always flowing. I was also “knighted” again… a renewal of vows, of sorts… with nearly every piece of his legendary gold, platinum, diamond encrusted heavy metal available weighing down my neck. Beyond honored! 📷 @directedbysam“
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The 58-year-old rapper was well-received back in 1986 when he debuted his masterful storytelling in rhyme form when he joined Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew. Their debut single, “The Show” with the B-Side cut, “La Di Da Di” made them very popular in hip-hop circles right away. After releasing a solo project, “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” on Def Jam Records in 1988, the album solidified his place as one of the most prolific storytellers in hip-hop history.
His last album, “The Art of Storytelling” was released in 1999.