Slick Rick Hat and Eye Patch, c. 1985

Slick Rick Hat and Eye Patch, c. 1985

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Slick Rick Hat and Eye Patch, c. 1985
Collection of Ricky Walters

Richard D. Walters, better known by his stage name, Slick Rick, was born in England in 1965. He moved with his family to the Bronx in 1975. His eye patch was not an affectation, as he was blinded in the right eye by broken glass as an infant. His 1985 hit, “La Di Da Di,” is an early rap classic.

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