Crunkk .. The name started out as a way to describe one man. Randy “Ese CrunkK” Cepeda , Oso’s best friend. Like any of us, he was a troubled teen with big dreams only being held back by peer pressure and drugs. But his rap talents were impressive and we all believed he had a gift and with the right mindset, he would be great.
Being Oso’s best friend, CrunkK was there for Oso when his first child miscarried. Oso had usually written poems to express his emotions, but he just couldn’t find the words, so Crunkk suggested putting a beat behind it and maybe the beat would help inspire the words. Oso decided to try it one night and wrote a song that described exactly what he was doing during the moment of flowing his pain on to the paper “tear drops”.
Crunkk played that song everyday for weeks, to and from school. One night Crunkk and Oso decided they should get some alcohol and freestyle a bit. The boys were consuming the alcohol quickly and making up songs to random beats they’d play. Crunkk insisted he and Oso should start doing music together, saying “with my skill and your potential, we could end up doing more with our lives than being some “thugs”.
Around 10 pm September 12, 2007, Pit came to where Crunkk and his big brother Oso were drinking, he went to shake Oso’s hand and tell him he loved him before he went to bed, as soon as the words left his mouth, so too did the hollow point bullet leave Crunkk’s 40 cal pistol that he had always carried. The bullet went in through the right side of Crunkk’s head and viciously retreated out of the left. As the boys looked in terror, they watched their friend collapse to the floor leaving his blood on the wall next to him.
Pit ran to wake his father as Oso ran to Crunkk’s side covering his head in towels, begging him not to go. But there was nothing anyone could do.
Soon After, Pit wrote some lyrics to a beat about his brother’s Best friend and Oso was so impressed and touched the two brothers began to write music while in months of deep depression to keep their mind off things. The two brothers decided if they could continue to progress as much as they had in that short time, that one day they could possibly become great artist. But, they needed a name for their duo. So, S.A. CrunkK was born. When said out loud, it’s pronounced the exact way their friend Ese Crunkk would be, but the S.A in The band’s name stands for Saline county where we all have grown up, except Crunkk, but he had always said this was his home and even had the area code tattooed on his right arm. For the last 6 years the boys have been working day and night perfecting their rhymes, their flow, performance and image. Going from troubled teens, angry, and full of pain to young men living life and telling their story in the name of their distant friend. They have been hitting the stage throughout the Midwest performing before acts such as 2live crew, Hopsin, SwizZz, Jarren Benton, RITTZ, SnowThaProduct, TECH N9ne, KottonMouthKings LilRob, Bone Crusher, Hurricane Chris, Haystak, Lil Whyte, Potluck, Mars, Dourrough, and more.
Through all the ups and downs S.A. CrunkK has evolved drastically for the better. And with their clever rhymes and variety of styles, they hit the stage with intensity not often seen within hip hop groups. Always walkin out with their head bowed in honor of their friend while his words bless the boys and the people around listening right before the boys tear up the stage. Working hard for their family, themselves, and what was once just their friend’s name and dream. They vow they will do whatever they have to succeed and they promise that one day the world will shout the name S.A. (Ese) CrunkK!