Legal name: Richard Walters (US rapper Slick Rick)
Also performs as: M.C. Ricky D (earlier name of hip hop MC Slick Rick)
Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters (born 14 January 1965 and better known as Slick Rick, Rick The Ruler and Ricky Dee) is a Grammy-nominated, English-born performer and the most successful British-American rapper in music history. With four albums to his credit - the landmark The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988), The Ruler's Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994) and The Art of Storytelling (1999), his music has been sampled and interpolated over 600 times, by artists such as Beyonce, The Beastie Boys, TLC, Nas, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Black Star, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and Color Me Badd. In the process, Walters has become the most sampled hip-hop artist ever. Many of the new songs became hit singles. Additionally, Rick has collaborated with such musical icons as Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Aaliyah and Outkast. He's been a VH-1 Hip Hop Honors honoree, and About.com ranked him #12 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, while The Source ranked him #15 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.