New York Governor DAVID PATERSON has given embattled rapper Slick Rick something to celebrate after years of fighting deportation attempts - by pardoning him.
The La Di Da Di hitmaker, who was born in London, has been granted a full and unconditional pardon for the attempted murders of his cousin and another man.
The rapper, real name Ricky Walters, served more than five years behind bars for the 1991 shooting of the two men, who both survived.
But he has been fighting a federal bid to kick him out of the U.S., where he now lives, ever since.
In a statement, the new Governor insists Walters is a good citizen who does volunteer work in his community.
Slick Rick tells, "I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life."