After 23 Years Battling in Court, Slick Rick Is Now an American Citizen

After 23 Years Battling in Court, Slick Rick Is Now an American Citizen

He was sworn in today as a United States citizen.

Published April 15th

Some incredible news has arisen from the Slick Rick camp today (April 15).

As confirmed in a press release sent to BET.com, after a 23-year protracted legal process, Grammy-nominated artist Slick Rick has today become a legal American citizen.

“I am so proud of this moment – and so honored to finally become an American citizen,” said Slick Rick in the statement. “This has been a long time coming for me, and I am relieved to finally put this long chapter behind me. I want to thank everyone – my family, friends and fans – who have supported me and stuck by me over these 23 years. I am truly blessed – and stay tuned, I will have more to announce soon.”

The legendary musician was sworn in as a U.S. citizen during an official ceremony in New York.

For some background, in 1990, the English-born rapper received a prison sentence for a self-defense shooting of his cousin, during which a bystander was injured. He later received a pardon in 2008 and now, years later, will be able to become a dual citizen by retaining his U.K. citizenship. 

Cheers to The Ruler!

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Written by KC Orcutt

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