Big K.R.I.T. is a Southern rapper in the tradition of UGC and David Banner, which is a style I tend to find a little dull–but K.R.I.T. is different. His flow is as smooth and laid back as Young Jeezy, his rhymes mix bragadachio with humor, and, most of all, he sounds hungry. There’s not enough hungry rappers these days–most of the prepackaged label guys come out the box sounding sleek and overproduced, like they’re already on their fourth record.
K.R.I.T.’s verses are mostly about having G-fun–doing drugs, having sex, riding in fast cars . . . But there’s underlying smarts here. Yeah, he’ll appeal to those who like their rap superficial, but listen close. His depth shows in his taste in samples (check out the deep ’70s soul behind him in “Just Touched Down” and Mayfied in “They Got Us”) to the sense of pain and loss behind the tough-guy talk. And best of all, this Mississippi rapper doesn’t borrow heavy from his fellow crunkers. His beats, his flow, and his word choices are all fresh.
The mixtape is produced entirely by Big K.R.I.T. and has only a few guest shots by well-established semi-undergrounders like Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, and Devin The Dude, but most of it, thankfully, is all K.R.I.T. He’s not afraid to take center-stage. And he shouldn’t be.
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