*Hip Hop pioneer Slick Rick caught flack on Sunday when he posted this picture of him decked out in style of a Louis Vuitton that fans weren’t prepared for. He posted the somber photo to Instagram, moments before performing at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California for Ice T’s “Art of Rap Festival.”
Twitter was quick to roast Rick for the photo, which he has since taken down from his Instagram account. One Twitter user said, “You cant be young forever Slick Rick cmon man.”
“I ever come outside lookin like slick rick just get me a home health aid,” said another. One user jokingly tweeted about the end of the world, saying, “Slick Rick got purple doilies on his shoes so the End of Days is nigh.”
Other tweets included: “Why is Slick Rick dressed like a Willy Wonka chocolate bar?” and “Slick Rick wanna retire but he didn’t put enough away in his 401K.” The Internet truly has no chill.
In related news, earlier this year, Rick and his wife revealed that they have donated about a dozen items from his personal hip hop collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He also spoke about politics and society, and how hip-hop stagnated and went astray.
“Hip-hop disrupted the order of things,” Slick Rick told the NY Times. “It was the pulpit, and if you put the right person in front of the pulpit, they can speak for the youth of the planet. Instead, it was altered and diluted. What you see now are performers who have been broken to fit into a mold. They are not going to disrupt the order of things.”
When he’s not reliving his glory days on the road, Slick Rick leads a low-key life in the same Bronx neighborhood that he settled in with his Jamaican mother and his sister when they moved from England in 1976.
“People always want to hear about the Bronx,” Grammy-nominated Rick, said. “It’s the essence and the ambience of the culture. It’s my little English accent with the slang, it’s the shoes, the jewelry. The swag. It’s the whole essence of representing the Bronx.”