Slick Rick

SLICK RICK W/ THE COOL KIDS presented by SPACE & Temperance Beer Company


Temperance Beer Co.
2000 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202
United States

Event Description:

7/21 GATES: 6pm | SHOW: 8pm

Temperance Brewery is located at 2000 Dempster Street in Evanston, IL.

Genre: Hip-hop
On January 14, 1965, Ricky M. L. Walters, known in the music industry as Slick Rick aka Ricky D., was born in South Wimbledon, London, England to his Jamaican parents. Known as Ricky back in the day, the soon-to-be entertainer moved with his family to the Bronx in 1975.

Exposed to the hip-hop beats and music scene in the Bronx, Ricky began making a name for himself by competing in and winning nearly every MC battle contest he entered. He finally hit the jackpot at a MC contest at the 369 Armory in Harlem, where he attracted the attention of Doug E. Fresh, who was garnering his own attention due to his ability to imitate drum machines and various special effects.

Striking up a friendship, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick released the history-making, single 'The Show and La Di Da Di' in the summer of 1985. With Fresh's beatbox and Rick's smooth lyrical delivery, the duo nearly single-handedly transformed rap.

With his music career in works, Rick moved to New York City, where he signed with Russell Simmons at Def Jam Records. In 1988, Slick Rick released his solo album 'The Great Adventures of Slick Rick'. The debut album hit number one Billboard R&B/hip-hop charts and ended up being one of the first hip hop records to go platinum.

As his star rose, Rick played the part of the MC to the hilt, decking himself out in jewelry and chains sometimes up to $60,000 in baubles at a time. And besides the trademark eye patch -which covers his eye that was blinded by a piece of glass while Rick was still an infant living in London - Rick wore a gold crown, soon causing fans to refer to the rapper as The Ruler. What else would you expect from the Ruler?


Part of the mid-2000s hip-hop movement that found kids in all-over prints rapping about their shoes and favorite forms of transportation (which often weren't cars), the Cool Kids proved to be both an Internet and live show phenomenon. The duo of Mikey Rocks (born Antoine Reed in Matteson, Illinois) and Chuck Inglish (Mt. Clemens, Michigan native Evan Ingersoll) met in mid-2005 after Mickey came across some of Chuck's beats online and liked what he heard. They met up in their Chicago-area homes with the intention of making beats to sell to other artists, but soon realized that their own measured, smooth flows and lyrics fit best. In 2007, though they had yet to release any material outside their MySpace page and MP3 blogs, they started receiving press from tastemakers Pitchfork, who invited the Cool Kids to play at their summer festival. This led to a spot at New York's CMJ Music Marathon -- where they shared a showcase with DJ A-Trak -- as well as an an opening spot on a tour headlined by M.I.A. That year, the Cool Kids also signed to Chocolate Industries, which released their debut, an EP titled The Bake Sale, the following January. Mixtape releases and additional touring preceded their full-length album When Fish Ride Bicycles, which arrived on Green Label Sound in June 2011 and debuted at number 76 on the Billboard 200 chart. Mikey and Chuck worked on individual projects for several years. At one point the Cool Kids' inactivity appeared to be permanent, but the duo returned in September 2017 with Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe.