The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. Slick Rick, who was born in England but moved to the Bronx when he was 11 and gained prominence as part of Doug E. Fresh's Get Fresh Crew in the 1980s, was on hand to celebrate his seminal debut album "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" from 1988.
The forty or so people that made it out to the afternoon talk were treated to a quick DJ master class before the event by Funkmaster Flex who stopped by to talk about the importance of the Bronx in the early hip-hop scene before Jeff "Chairman" Mao, another Ego Trip Magazine co-founder and former writer for Vibe, The Source and XXL magazines, kicked off the hour-long interview with The Ruler. Discussing Rick's rise to prominence before going through each of the tracks from "The Great Adventures…" he talked of the sacrifices he made to make it in the business.
"Relying on producers to make you famous doesn't always work, so I had to really sell myself," he said, adding that tracks such as "Let's Get Crazy" and "Teacher Teacher" were nothing more than label-mandated album filler that he didn't even want to include on the record. "If you don't sell yourself, if you rely on A&R and all that, then you wind up with garbage like that as your lead singles."