(AllHipHop News) Rap legend Slick Rick is heading abroad for his first international show since 1990, when he hits the stage for the Out4Fame Festival in Cologne, Germany.
Slick Rick will be one of the main acts on the bill for the festival on July 31, which will also include performances by Method Man, Redman, Rick Ross, Masta Ace, Onyx, De La Soul and German rapper Sido.
“I am honored to have been invited to perform at the Out4FAME festival” said Rick. “And to be sharing a stage with my emcee brothers, at one the most highly-regarded Hip-Hop festivals outside of the United States will be unforgettable. I am looking forward to checking out the German culture, and performing my German fans. I will also be confirming more foreign dates in the very near future.”
The rapper, born Ricky Walters, has only had his American citizenship since April. His citizenship was finally granted in April of 2016, after a 23-year battle that started when the rapper shot his cousin in what he has labeled as “self-defense.”
Slick Rick served three-and-a-half years for the shooting, in addition to another four spent locked up an INS detention center.
Eventually, in 2008, Slick Rick was granted an unconditional pardon by then Governor David Paterson.
The trip to Cologne will mark the first time Slick Rick has set foot on German soil.
"OUT4FAME Festival and OUT4FAME Entertainment is excited to welcome Slick Rick, the legendary emcee and master storyteller to Germany for the first time ever. As true Hip-Hop fans ourselves, we want to give festival goers a taste of hip hop history" states Mario DaCosta, manager of the festival.”
In addition to the performances, the Out4Fame Festival will feature Breakdancing, Beatboxing and DJ’ing performances, in addition to showcasing emerging talent from around the world.