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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Listen: S.F. Rapper Richie Cunning Rips Through a Classic Beat on "Salute"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

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"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:

-- @iPORT

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