Monday, August 23, 2010

Big K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (mixtape)

Many of us have dreams of being famous, powerful, or a combination of the two. You can hear this in the music, where damn near everyone has claimed to be the King of something. For me, these aspirations for royalty seemed to mask insecurity and pain derived from living in places much less than lavish (read: less than acceptable, think: ur friendly neighborhood trap or project.) We've seen T.I., Jay-Z and others wear the crown, but who would have thought a rapper from Meridian, Mississippi could make a claim to a crown and be taken seriously. The Big King Remembered In Time does exactly that, releasing K.R.I.T., a dirty south monstrosity of a mixtape that may as well be called an album, that will draw comparisons to Tip, David Banner, and the Underground Kingz Pimp C and Bun B, while fitting comfortably in the rotation of freshman mainstays like Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Curren$y, J. Cole and others. Most of the production is handled by Krizza on this effort, which amazes consistently. Peep tracks like "Hometown Hero", referencing influences as far as Adele and Friday Night Lights, or "Country shit" which just straight up bangs. Like Graffiti written on a small town wall, this album is bound to become a landmark for those from the region, and with the power of the internet, and testament to how the underground in hip hop was at 2010. This is an great piece of work. We live in exciting times.

Big K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

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