Slick Rick recently made his presence known for a noble cause. On Thursday night (Sept. 30), Slick Rick appeared at the 1st Annual K Woods Foundation Community Center Fundraiser and Auction in Staten Island with a surprise appearance. The hip-hop icon quickly flipped through his collection of classics, including “The Show” and “Children’s Story.”
The gala event, which took place in Li Greci’s Staaten, was hosted by Kareem Woods, founder of the K Woods Foundation, and was a fundraiser for the sophistication of the Park Hill neighborhood of Staten Island. In particular, Woods’ agenda is to build a community center in the neighborhood’s most populous parameters—an act untouched and tied to the neighborhood’s history.
Park Hill is home to several members of the Wu-Tang Clan, including Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, RZA, U-God, and Raekwon.
Despite being a Park Hill event, Ghostface Killah, who hails from the neighboring town of Stapleton, also known as the Wu-Tang Clan legend, was slated to serve as the gala ambassador.
Ghostface Killah, commonly referred to as one of his hip-hop influences, applauded Slick Rick for showing love to the forgotten neighborhood alongside his old friend Kareem Woods. The case focuses on the children of Park Hill, which is not a new venture for Rick, as he is known for his philanthropic efforts around the world.
He is currently the co-founder of The Victory Patch Foundation, which encourages progressive outreach to marginalized communities through the administration of social programs and advocates for equality for individuals facing modern injustice.
Earlier this year, Slick Rick teamed up with Clarks Original to present a mini-documentary highlighting his history with hip-hop and luxury fashion, titled: mind-body-sole. The documentary also sheds light on the hip-hop legend’s charities as he is active in his initiative.
Watch Slick Rick’s pop-up performance here.