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A low-key lawyer becomes the go-to guy for star rappers

High-profile Philadelphia defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. is low-key and universally liked – until he’s in the midst of his courtroom specialty: cross-examination.

His skills in that arena have won him both victories and clients, including rapper Beanie Sigel, who rejected national-name lawyers and stuck with a neighborhood guy who grew up in the city’s Frankford section.

Now, “Fred” Perri, 43, has essentially become the go-to attorney to Philadelphia’s rap stars. He is also the lawyer for rapper Cassidy, due to stand trial in January on charges of first-degree murder in a Cedarbrook killing.