Today, LL Cool J and Slick Rick celebrate their birthdays.
LL Cool J turns 46 today. Born in 1968 on Long Island, New York, LL burst on the rap scene in the mid-1980s. His first album, Radio, went platinum and he didn’t stop there. His music career continued to thrive with more platinum records and a Grammy award. He went on to conquer acting, fashion, books and the Internet.
Slick Rick “Rick the Ruler” turns 49 today. A Grammy-nominated British-American rapper, Rick the Ruler was praised for his rapping style. His 1988 release, The Adventures of Slick Rick, achieved platinum status, as did his 1999 release, The Art of Storytelling. Additionally, Slick Rick sticks around through mentions throughout a variety of rap songs, including songs by Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill, Nas and Nicki Minaj.
Happy Birthday, LL Cool J and Slick Rick!—Emily Cappiello