What’s that? You still haven’t heard of Richie Cunning? You still aren’t a fan? WELL, let’s review here and see if we can’t turn you into a believer. Richie Cunning’s self-produced debut album Night Train is scheduled for release on Jan 15th 2010. In anticipation of this release, Richie has put together a collection of rare tracks, along with a bevy of brand new material, to get you, the listener and critic, more excited about his debut release.
You have hopefully already heard the four songs already released, Hear My Train A Comin’, City Boy, I Got People and Takin’ A Train. (If you’ve been under a rock, check the links below) The mixtape includes his early radio appearances on the world famous radio show The Drum KZSU, hosted by Kevvy Kev, (the longest running hip hop radio show of all time) The mixtape includes his track with Fashawn & U-N-I, Keys To The City, which was used to promote the Imeem.com concert series of the same name. You can also hear Richie’s track from the Zion I Mixtape, The Search & The Seizure, produced by Amp Live and co-starring Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples as well as collaborations with fellow Rec-League artists, Grip Grand, QM, and more. Richie shines not only with his rhymes, but also with his production, having produced a handful of the original songs on this mixtape himself.
Richie Cunning is an emerging artist with a refreshing sound and a rock hard grasp of what it takes to catch the listeners ear. This mixtape is another step in his growing career. URB Magazine has described him as having “surprising grit, undeniable swagger & perfectly ill flow”. His song The City (off the upcoming album, Night Train) has been played numerous times to hype the crowd at Oracle Arena during Golden State Warriors games. He was infamously banned from Canada in 2007 while en route to headline his first international show. More and more people are starting to take notice as Richie, “The Son of the City”, continues to spread his own special brand of rugged yet polished rap music. While we’ll leave the final decision up to you, if you choose to agree, we won’t be mad at you.
Richie Cunning – Late Night Special Mixtape