By Carter Maness
Mississippi rapper and producer, Big K.R.I.T., is completing one of the biggest weeks of his young career. After releasing his eclectic Def Jam debut, Live From The Underground, last Tuesday (June 5), the rapper is slated to hit the charts near the top with 50,000 in projected sales.
K.R.I.T., who built his buzz through a trilogy of high quality freebies, delivers on his potential as a storyteller and activist throughout the album. On his collaboration with famed blues guitarist BB King, “Praying Man,” the rapper uses three verses to detail three different slaves facing death. “It’s important that I talk about all that,” he explained during a recent visit to “RapFix Live.” “It’s a lot of people that died for me to have the opportunity I have now.”
The album isn’t all politics, though. K.R.I.T. made his name on the bombastic single “Country S—,” and he follows that blown-out Southern formula on the defiant “I Got This” and Mississippi hall of fame turn of “Money On The Floor,” which features 8Ball & MJK, as well as 2 Chainz.
What’s appealing about K.R.I.T. is how he’s simultaneously just like us while also unique in the mainstream rap world. Tracks like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” explore growing up poor in the south and father-son relationships with a realism that’s rare. Really, K.R.I.T. is one of the best at connecting the history of his family and culture in way that illuminates who he’s become as a man and artist. While most rappers inspire aspiration, K.R.I.T. is like an old friend you are happy to reunite with.
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