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Big K.R.I.T. – Live from the Underground

Cinematic/Def Jam Records

Mississippi now has a definitive rap ambassador in the form of 25-year-old emcee and producer Big K.R.I.T. He’s certainly no stranger to the role as he’s spent the last two years releasing mixtapes ( K.R.I.T. Wuz Here Return of 4Eva and 4Eva and a Day ) unashamedly packed with references to his home state Cadillacs football strippers and grills in addition to raw narratives about poverty religion and heartbreak. But the near-perfect Live from the Underground his debut LP will cement his already established position historically carried by Crooked Lettaz/David Banner.

In Live from the Underground K.R.I.T. has arguably created the best rap album of the year which is quite the accomplishment considering stellar 2012 releases from Ab-Soul ( Control System ) and Killer Mike ( R.A.P. Music ). Legendary southern musicians such as B.B. King Bun B 8Ball & MJG Ludacris and Anthony Hamilton appear on the album but K.R.I.T. doesn’t depend on those guests to separate the record from the pack. Rather his smooth warm flow provocative yet humble writing and soulful samples — which incorporate brass organs harmonica jazz singing and blues guitar into a stunning package — combine with those guests for what is easily the young rapper’s best and most refined work yet and likely a genre classic.

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