After releasing album quality free projects starting with Krit Wuz Here in 2010, Big K.R.I.T. has quickly ascended to the elite class of new hip hop artists. As expected, the bar was raised high (unfairly, even) in anticipation for his debut. If you go into this album with expectations, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed and miss out on a good album.
Live from the Underground tells a story and may even be far more personal than its predecessors. Although there’s still songs like “I Got This” and “Yea Dats Me”, K.R.I.T tells the story through the music itself. The album and cover itself, shows K.R.I.T crash landing into the mainstream from the underground (The South). Although southern hip-hop has been a force for years, K.R.I.T. still feels that it is unappreciated and uses this album as a bold reintroduction.
K.R.I.T uses samples and instrumentation to form the landscape for this album. There’s elements of blues, gospel, along with hip-hop influences ranging from Memphis to Atlanta. This is immediately heard with “LFU300MA”, the soulful, spoken word intro that blends right into the title track. “Live from the Underground” is a formulatic “let me tell you what this album is about” track that will be an instant highlight. At the end, there’s a skit where K.R.I.T. crash lands into the “mainstream” from the south.
This album offers everything you expect from previous projects with “Money on the Floor”, “What U Mean” and “My Sub Part 2″ but it was quite evident that he wanted to take his debut in a different direction. This album still has his normal formula: Intro-bass heavy tracks- decrescendo to socially conscious tracks, but the order is more reversed. This project seems to be more as a statement album where he’s saying “The South has something to say”. Songs such as “If I Fall”, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, and “Praying Man” featuring the legendary B.B. King fill the latter portion of the album. This journey comes to an end with “Live from the Underground (Reprise)” where he uses an audio clip of his late grandmother singing.
While K.R.I.T. is a talented MC, this album isn’t a showcase of stunning lyricism but he uses effective verse construction. The conversational flow on the majority of the songs to get his point across. This is backed by the well developed instrumentals to bring out the southern essence of the album.
Although a classic outing was expected by many on this debut run, this album still provides a strong message and adds to his legacy.
Final Score: 3.75-5
The long awaited album is here-well almost. Stream from NPR.
Second single from Live From The Underground. June 5th is getting closer
Less than a month away…
1. LFU300MA (Intro)
2. Live From The Underground
3. Cool 3 Be Southern
4. I Got This
5. Money On The Floor. 2 Chainz, 8Ball & MJG
6. What U Mean f. Ludacris
7. My Sub pt.2: The Jackin’
8. Don’t Let Me Down
9. Porchlight f. Anthony Hamilton
10. Pull Up f. Big Sant & Bun B
11. Yeah Dats Me
12. Hydroplaning f. Devin The Dude
13. If I Fall f. Melanie Fiona
14. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
15. Praying Man f. B.B. King
16. Live From The Underground (Reprise) f. Ms. Linnie
Being that I grew up a few miles from Meridian (except across the border) this is huge. I wish K.R.I.T. nothing but the best. Live from the Underground coming June 5th.
From 4 Eva N a Day: The Road Less Travelled EP. Available via iTunes.
K.R.I.T. rides around with writer Marcus Garland and let’s you know how to properly listen to his album
The wait is over. Download/stream below.
Before I start, yes I know it’s not march.
In my opinion, Hip-Hop is on its 3rd Generation. 1st Generation greats include: Rakim, Kool G. Rap, Big Daddy Kane. 2nd Generation Greats: Jay-Z, Biggie, Tupac, Nas, Eminem. Now who will be this generation’s best rapper?
Top 4 Seeds:
1. Lupe Fiasco (let’s forget about Lasers ok?)
4. J. Cole
Those trying to get in the tournament:
7. Big K.R.I.T.
9. Schoolboy Q
11. Killa Kyleon
12. Alley Boy
13. Danny Brown
15. King Mez
18. Iggy Azalea
19. Azealia Banks
20. Smoke DZA
21. Dom Kennedy
22. Nipsey Hu$$le
26. The Kid Daytona
27. Gilbere Forte
28. Vic Mensa
30. Casey Veggies
32. Earl Sweatshirt
33. Childish Gambino
34. Cyhi the Prince
36. A$AP Rocky
37. Action Bronson
Out of these 38, will come 32. Feel free to comment or add any names you feel that should be included (trust me, most of these names are suggestions, I don’t agree but added them for the sake of debate). Final bracket is coming in the last week of the month.
4Eva N A Day coming 2/20
This was my first Big K.R.I.T. concert and definitely won’t be my last. He puts on a great show and has crazy stage presence. He also interacted with the crowd a lot, unlike most douche artists (no names). The videos are kinda shaky (you can’t play R4 Theme and not expect me to jump around) and i’m screaming all throughout but here they are.
P.S. We need a Big SANT album NOW.
Not only was this album a great reinterpretation of the classic southern hip-hop sound but it’s alsofree.
CunninLynguists pump out great underground albums every year but Oneirology is instantly one of their bests. This album includes great guest features from Freddie Gibbs and Big K.R.I.T.