Slick Rick Granted Full Pardon By New York Governor


New York Governor David Patterson announced today he will grant rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters a full pardon.

The unconditional release follows years of advocacy in the name of the rapper from the likes of Russell Simmons, Will Smith, and others.

Slick Rick was born in the United Kingdom, but arrived in the U.S. at age 11 and settled in the Bronx. In 1991 the rapper plead guilty to weapons and attempted murder charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. The conviction stemmed from an incident in which the ruler shot his cousin and a bystander. He was later released in 1997.

The rapper was re-jailed again for the same charges in 2002, however, after performing on a Caribbean cruise. Immigration officials sought to deport Ricky citing his jail time served in the ’90s. Walters was jailed for a total of 5 years and 33 days. The extra 33 days violated a statutorily permitted term. As a result, the rapper had to serve an additional 17 months in prison. Now, he is a free man, due to Governor’s efforts.

“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,” Patterson said in a statement. “In that time, he has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel youth against violence, and has become a symbol of rehabilitation for many young people. Given these demonstrated rehabilitative efforts, 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.”

Slick Rick, 43, lives in the Bronx, and works as a landlord for properties he owns.-Jayson Rodriguez

  • eighce

    Good for you Slick Rick, enjoy it

  • Neven

    bout time they cleared this shit up …………………. YO RICKY WHENS THE NEW ALBUM

  • styleemusic

    Thats wsup slick, now drop some classic ish rick!

  • THAT DUDE

    That’s what I’m talking about!
    Slick better be hype we gotta black governor in N.Y. cause Pataki and them don’t give a fuck.

  • RotterdamSoldier

    Long overdue

  • Larry Brite

    NiCE!

  • iGotOnMyBackpack79

    good news indeed. one of the all-time greats can finally live a stress free life. PeAcE!

  • Khayan from the bronx

    THAT’S A GREAT LOOK. TO EVERY AFRICAN AMERICAN ON THIS SITE…..THIS IS WHY WE NEED A BLACK PRESIDENT. SOMEBODY TO LOOK OUT 4 US……

  • http://none boss

    we need more blk governors and mayors so they can fight for our rightz..ya dig..thanks david patterson..slick be good nigg.a

  • http://www.xxlmag.com brand-new

    long live the ruler!!!!!

  • Cairo

    So what the system throws a bone to the starving pack once and awhile. Although that it is good news to hear that Slick Rick has been given a full pardon by the governor, we as a collective need to focus more efforts to have other incarcerated Black men and Black women pardoned as well. There is a question that needs to be raised in light of this situation: Was Slick Rick pardoned because he had the assistance of world renowned celebrities like Russell Simmons on his side speaking out for him? Or is it that the governor of the State of New York wants to blind us to the fact that on
    November 25th, 2007 five New York City police officers shot and killed Sean Bell and three of those five officers were later acquitted? Makes you think doesn’t it?

    IF YOU DON’T STAND UP FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING!

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  • AFRICAN MAN

    See what a black governor can do for u? Now lets get a black president.

    Obama 08!!! Lets go change the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DJ NOFS

    David Patterson = 1 Elliot Spitzer = -5

  • Bold Love

    Thank God. It’s about time!

  • http://votemecool.blogspot.com Ryan @ VoteMeCool 2008

    Hey Rick!
    You deserve it Man.

    God Bless to ya future!

    People Let’s keep Voting for the Right Folks!

    Peace!

  • Maddolies

    Are You A Pirate?
    Why U Got That Eyepatch On?

    • http://www.myspace.com/rcvthamc RCV

      He’s not trying to be cool or anything, he wears that because of an incident when he was younger. Broken glass destroyed his eye.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rcvthamc RCV

    Hail to the ruler, thank God he is a free man now. Hopefully he can perform in Canada now.

  • E-man

    Brap!, the ruler’s back. We wanna hear a new album doe and you should still take a trip back to LDN and see what’s good.