Singles World Cup – First Round – Fifteenth Tie

It’s

‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash

OK, it’s the 2003 cover, but Johnny takes full possession of the original and makes it his own. A vulnerability and bombastic piece of orchestration at the end wrenches at your heartstrings. I may cry.

VERSUS

‘I Know You Got Soul’ by Eric B and Rakim

It may be glued together from other people’s songs, but that’s what makes it so influential. The quintessential golden age hip hop track, the beats and groove are irresistible and Rakim is arguably the greatest MC who ever lived.

WINNER: Eric B and Rakim

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