After decades of having tours meddled with by immigration issues, British-born rapper Slick Rick will celebrate his newfound U.S. citizenship by roaming the country on a summer tour. The hip-hop pioneer, who recently told Rolling Stone “I’m probably going to go on a victory world tour” after gaining his citizenship, kicks off his 18-date tour May 3rd in Louisville, Kentucky.
“I’m celebrating a new beginning and am thankful for the many blessings already coming my way,” Slick Rick said in a statement. “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.” The rapper also added that a New York concert would be added in the near future.
Rick was granted his U.S. citizenship in a ceremony in early April after a 23-year battle with immigration officials stemming from a 1991 attempted murder conviction. “It’s a weight off the shoulders,” the rapper told Rolling Stone. “It’s a good feeling: new opportunities, a fresh start.”
Check out Rick’s official site for ticket information.
Slick Rick Tour Dates
May 3 – Louisville, KY @ Water Front Park
May 7 – Columbus, OH @ Lounge 13
May 10 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
May 11 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
May 12 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
May 13 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
May 15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 26 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
May 27 – Beckley, WV @ Muncheez
May 28 – Roanoke, VA @ Q Lounge
May 29 – Charlottesville, VA @ Ante Room
May 31 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
June 4 – Orlando, FL @ Majestic Events Center
June 11 – Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino Resort
June 30 – Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
July 9 – College Park, GA @ Wolf Creek Amphitheater
August 6 – Petersburg, VA @ Old Towne Civic Center
August 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavillion