"About a month ago, I was shooting pool in my neighborhood dive and [Eric B. and Rakim's] "Juice (Know The Ledge)" came on the jukebox," says hardworking S.F. rapper Richie Cunning. "I hadn't heard it in a while, and the fact that it was sandwiched into a playlist of current popular rap songs made it hit me like a sucker-punch to the gut. Rakim's flow is simply undeniable."
So Cunning took his own shot at rhyming over the beat, and the outcome is "Salute," a blazing new track from Cunning's forthcoming 1906 EP. There can be only one Rakim, but this is impressive: Cunning excels at searing wordplay over old-school tracks, and that's exactly what we get here -- along with some killer lines and lots of local flavor. Give it a listen and grab a download here:
Here's Cunning on the mic:
And here's the original, in case you need a refresher: