When: Fri., Aug. 31, 9 p.m. 2012
It seems like every time a hip-hop legend performs in these parts, the show is a piece of an "old-school" lineup attached to an African-American festival.(This one's a pre-event party for the African American Cultural Festival, which takes over downtown Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday.) Everyone is wearing Malcolm X hats and daishikis, someone's hocking $5 fried-fish trays, 25 different vendors are selling bootleg Obama T-shirts and more often than not, Frankie Beverly and Maze are somehow involved.Also, Doug E. Fresh is probably hosting the damn thing ...
Actually, we could use Doug E. Fresh at this show, for he and Slick Rick's classic "La Di Da Di" jam.That would make it more official, but it's not like Slick Rick the Ruler doesn't have a bunch of hits that he can handle himself. There's "Children's Story," "Teenage Love," "I Shouldn't Have Done It" and "Sittin' In My Car," not to mention his guest spot on Outkast's "Da Art of Storytellin'."
Regardless, it's our duty to buy a ticket and show pioneers such as Slick Rick our appreciation. It's not like rap legends have pensions or million dollar royalty checks these days, and it'd be a shame if Uncle Ricky had to cash in all of his thick gold chains to stay solvent. With Urban Sophisticates, plus DJ Casper's tribute to Soul Train's Don Cornelius. —Eric Tulllis