By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
The Big Apple received a dose of Southern hospitality last night when Big K.R.I.T. brought his Live from the Underground tour to Irving Plaza. A slew of openers set the stage including newcomer Tito Lopez and most notably, Houston’s Slim Thug. In addition to his own repertoire of songs like “Thug,” “Like a Boss” and the remix to “Draped Up,” Slim Thugga surprised the audience with Swishahouse associate Paul Wall, who joined him onstage for “Still Tippin’” (yet unfortunately, sans Mike Jones).
K.R.I.T. started his set with an energetic frenzy and although he said it was his fifth show in NYC, the Mississippi native rapped like he had something still to prove. He touched upon beloved mixtape cuts like “Just Touched Down,” “Hometown Hero” and “Moon & Stars” as well as more recent album fare, “Money on the Floor” and “Pull Up” featuring Big Sant. He even sang, sometimes acapella at that, during “The Vent” and “Highs & Lows.”
It was certainly not a short show and after some 20 or so odd songs, the length began to plague both the audience and artist. He ended on a high note, bringing out producer 9th Wonder and others onstage during “I Got This” which turned into an impromptu rager filled with chants of “F–k these haters and f—k these h–s.”
Live from the Underground is slated for several more dates including stops in Philadelphia, Montreal and Cleveland.