This Friday, NYC’s #1 longest running Friday night weekly party welcomes “Slick Rick the Ruler” as he celebrates his Birthday with us!
Join us as Hip Hop’s favorite Story teller graces the stage and rocks a few joints from his catalogue.
**$15 advance tickets available, click ‘buy now’**
In the main room we have DJ Cosi, Herbert Holler & Marc Smooth spinning classic rap/classic r&b/classic reggae/classic house/classic rock/60s/70s/80s/90s/underground dance
Also happening, in our special Reggae Room, we welcome back our favorite Reggae Crew Max Glazer, DJ Gravy and Micro Don of “Rice & Peas Crew”
The night is hosted by Savior El Mundo
Want to hang out with Slick Rick in VIP? Reserve a table by visiting our website at www.freedomdanceparty.com. You still need to purchase your ticket for admission.
Questions? Contact us at 917-543-9749 or email@example.com
This is a general admission, standing event.
special guest Slick Rick
Slick Rick is like a hip-hop holy trinity displaying three Ricky’s in one body: lyricist, producer, and actor. Whereas many rappers speak in the same tone of voice (or become part of a vocal team that explores their diversity i.e., Digital Underground), Ricky is an aural dramatist – like in the days of early radio shows – who invades the soul of his characters, speaking in their voices, with a vocal repertoire that includes little children, jealous boyfriends, grandmothers, police officers and detectives to name a few.
In short, there’s nothing like the Slick Rick Experience. Every album is a parallel universe where old-time radio and urban culture collide. Aural theater merges with ghetto fantasy. Rick becomes a character actor with voice-throwing chops a ventriloquist would envy and narrative powers greater than Stephen King. In theory, it all seems preposterous – impossible to pull off. But because Rick has such a genuine gift on the mic – dexterity, cleverness, wit, articulation, fluidity – it works like gangbusters.
Going forward, there is much to celebrate. On May 23, 2008, 18 years after pleading guilty in a New York State Court, New York governor David Paterson granted Slick Rick a full pardon. In essence, the esteemed governor closed a dark chapter in the Book of Slick Rick. Now hope springs eternal. A direct quote from Governor Paterson’s official statement:
“Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence imposed upon him for his convictions, had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole, and has been living without incident in the community for more than 10 years. In that time, he has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel youth against violence, and has become a symbol of rehabilitation for many young people.”
It’s high time this founding father of hip-hop — this mastermind of modulation, meter and tone — receive the accolades he so richly deserves. Always impeccably attired, there are no other rappers who can touch his style. He carries commercial and cultural clout as well. His influence cannot be overstated. More than any other rapper, he’s been sampled, quoted, loved, and emulated by each generation that has followed him.
Hip-hop is about life and truth, and Slick Rick is successful because he is truly a great storyteller in the timeless tradition…