Earlier this year Slick Rick was awarded American citizenship, following a possible deportation from the United States back in 2003 and 2006.
Since then he has been touring London, where he took the time to chat with The Guardian about a number of topics: from his incarceration to his influence as a rapper.
“If you overly scrutinize yourself, you could say: ‘I should have done this or that.’ You can look back and see how certain things influenced you to make wrong decisions,” Slick said in regards to the prison time he served. “But you learn from your mistakes; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You learn from your prison time, your bad and good situations. It’s like the story of Van Gogh with the ear cutting off: it depends on how you look at something.”
In regards to his distinguishable delivery and how that ultimately influenced a handful of rappers that came after him, Slick said: “I think what I brought to hip hop was a visual, storybook type of a style, like reading a children’s book, but in rap form.”
The “La Di Da Di” rapper also talked about releasing a new album. That’s right — the rapper may drop something in the foreseeable future.
When asked about the possibility of new material Slick said: “I was thinking I’ll probably put something together now, put it on the internet for my core audience to check out…Be good to just put [a new album] out there and show that you’re still a Picasso, a Rembrandt or Van Gogh in this game, you know what I mean?”
This would be quite the release. As Mass Appeal pointed out the last album that Slick Rick released, The Art Of Storytelling, dropped 17 years ago.
Along with the interview Slick dedicated some of his time in the UK to co curating an eight hour Spotify playlist of old school hip hop music (which you can check out below).