live music: SLICK RICK x BROOKLYN BOWL x 1.6.12

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY 1.6.12 – I had the pleasure of attending the Slick Rick show at Brooklyn Bowl last week. Slick Rick is another old school rapperer that I grew up on and hold in high regards. He was instrumental in shaping the many MC’s that followed in his footsteps and molding hip hop in to something fun and fresh…the art of storytelling. And then somehow at the end of the 90’s…hip hop took a turn for the worse…

F. Stokes by Joe Russo
F. Stokes

F. Stokes warmed up the crowd from both the stage and..in the crowd. Next up was Slick Rick’s 9 piece back up band, The Lifted Crew. They did about 8 songs before DJ Kaos took over on the 1’s and 2’s for further crowd warmth.

DJ Kaos by Joe Russo
DJ Kaos

And then, the moment the packed/sold out house was waiting for…Slick Rick The Ruler…MC RICKY D came down the steps and on to the stage in grand fashion. He was rockin’ a blinged out mic, tons of ice and a crispy pair of hot pink Wallabees to match his shirt.

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

The Ruler ran through his hits in proud fashion. He had the crowd hooked from the first beat/note. They sang every word to every song.

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Towards the end of his short set, the music dipped and a young woman cam out on stage with a birthday cake to celebrate Rick’s 47th birthday. He blew out the candles and went back to business.

Slick Rick by Joe Russo
Happy Birthday Ricky D!

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

It was great to see a hip hop icon like Slick Rick still out there after all these years doing his thing and spreading the love…bridging one generation to another.

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

Near the end, Ricky D needed a wardrobe change. He reached in to his pocket and pulled out a satchel which had a blinged out eye patch that he swapped out.

Slick Rick by Joe Russo

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