Download: Richie Cunning - Pure Imagination
I feel like I'm saying this a lot lately, but, this track is a contender for song of the year so far. The production makes use of the 'Willy Wonka' soundtrack - which it samples - to great effect, with a dark, somber loop that switches to more wistful, feel good instrumentation throughout the song. The writing is superb. Richie is both poetic and straight-forward as he muses on what life would be like if he made it, followed by his exploration of the reality of his situation.The lyrics are brutally honest and all the more endearing for it:
If i knew that even one listener was with itJust brilliant.
I would spit til the club had to close down,
Like a tired old horn player blowin with his
case popped open on the street in a ghost town,
Take a breath, grab the mic, here we go again,
Crowd thinning I pretend that I aint noticing,
They say 'Richie yo you know we got your back
but it's late and we aint sittin round waitin for the show to end',
Type a night to turn bangers into sad songs,
Didn't even make enough to grab a cab home,
Same train same lonely ride, the cold world roles slowly by..