After a 23-year legal process, hip-hop pioneer Slick Rick has officially an American citizen. The English-born rapper was sworn in at an official ceremony, alongside dozens of other new citizens, in New York last week.
Slick Rick was quoted as saying “I am so proud of this moment — and so honored to finally become an American citizen,” Rick said in a 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.”
In 1990, Slick Rick was sentenced to prison for the self-defense shooting of his cousin (who was hired as a bodyguard) during which a bystander was injured. Slick Rick was pardoned from prison by former New York Governor David A. Paterson
Now, with his citizenship, he can now stay in the country with family, while also traveling overseas for his career.
Rick will become a duel citizen by retaining his U.K. citizenship.