New York rap legend Slick Rick can finally exhale after a lengthy battle with the United States to become an American citizen.

According to reports, Rick broke the news to fans in the Big Apple Friday (April 15).

The British born rap legend said, “I am so proud of this moment — and so honored to finally become an American citizen.” Rick the Ruler’s had immigration issues since 1990 when he did prison time for a self-defense shooting. He was eventually pardoned, but was threatened with deportation several times. He’s been working on becoming a citizen for more than 23 years. Rick says he’ll have dual citizenship … he’s not giving up his British passport. (TMZ)

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Rick also boasted about his American citizenship on Instagram.


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Last year, Slick Rick teamed up with ill.i.Optics for his own sunglasses line.

“Music and fashion have always been parallel, and both are my true passions. ill.i x Slick Rick represents our vision for the next level of fresh, fly, and classic eyewear.” (SOHH)