We at Go were sad to hear of the passing of legendary actor Burt Reynolds. Star of classics like Cannonball Run, Deliverance and All Dogs Go to Heaven, Reynolds unfortunately expired earlier today from cardiac arrest at the age of 82.
A pop culture icon, it shouldn’t be surprising that Reynolds has been mentioned in rap songs by everyone from Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon to Chino XL to Busdriver, but our favorite Burt Reynolds hip-hop memory has to be the legendary impromptu Burt Reynolds freestyle cypher at SXSW 2010.
Once upon a time, Austin’s SXSW Festival was an unpredictable counter-culture amalgamation of music, and the turn of the decade organically lead to some incredible hip-hop moments. That was the case at SXSW 2010 when legendary battle-rapper and Definitive Jux/Stronghold alumni C-Rayz Walz initialed a public freestyle session all centered around wanting a moustache like Burt Reynolds.
Joining him were Sage Francis, Open Mike Eagle, NoCanDo, Psalm One, Icon the Mic King, Lyraflip and more. It was a landmark moment, and here it is from a few angles at different lengths, the way Burt would have wanted it: