A British rapper has spoken to a US national radio show from his Florida prison cell, where he is awaiting deportation.
Rick “Slick Rick” Walters told The Tom Joyner Morning Show that he thought he could avoid deportation to Britain prior to his arrest by US Immigration and Naturalisation Service officers last month in Miami.
He was arrested after performing aboard a cruise ship on the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage 2002. The cruise visited Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and INS officials claimed that Walters had left the country and then illegally re-entered.
Walters is facing deportation because of an attempted murder conviction 11 years ago.
Joyner, whose show is broadcast in more than 100 cities, apologised to Walters for telling radio listeners that the rapper would perform aboard the cruise, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
“I hate that it had to end for you like this,” Joyner told him.
Joyner suspects INS officials heard his show, allowing them to arrest Walters when the cruise returned.
“I wish you had told me about this,” Joyner told Walters. “I wouldn’t have advertised that you were going to be on the cruise.”
Walters, a British citizen who had lived in the United States since 1975, was a legal resident but never became a citizen.
Slick Rick’s most notable ork was his first full-length album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, which went platinum in 1988. He has released three other albums, all of which went gold.