Even today, Slick Rick is still an anomaly. The man who preceded Snoop Dogg and made it cool for rappers to embrace their gaudy, flashy, more feminine side is like no other British import. Although London town is known for its heavy presence of West Indian and African immigrant communities, there haven’t been many rappers to emerge from the U.K. Slick indelibly left a huge mark on hip-hop. Unfortunately, a criminal case curbed his trajectory – officials sought to deport him after being caught up with an attempted murder charge in 2001. He was later pardoned in 2008 and continued to work on his rap career.