In celebration of becoming a naturalized citizen, Slick Rick is embarking on a “Victory” tour in May.
The 18-city trek will launch in Columbus, Ohio on May 7 and will make stops in Omaha, Neb., Kansas, City, Mo., Houston, Cleveland and Charlottesville, Va., before wrapping it up in Asheville, N.C., on May 31. Details of a New York show will be announced at a later date.
It’s been a 23-year legal battle for Slick Rick to become a U.S. citizen. The 51-year-old rapper, who was originally born in England but was raised in the Bronx, N.Y., had been dealing with citizenship-related issues since he was a 11 years old.
On April 15, Rick (aka Ricky Walters) was sworn in at an official ceremony alongside dozen of other new citizens at in New York.
“I’m celebrating a new beginning and am thankful for the many blessings already coming my way,” said Slick Rick in a press release (via HipHopDX). “One is the blessing of doing what I do best – perform – to celebrate the victory of citizenship after living in this country for so many years. We will celebrate in style.”
To cop to tickets to Slick Rick’s “Victory” go to RickTheRuler.net. Check out his tour itinerary above.