5 Songs, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Meridian, Miss., Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered in Time) is one of hip-hop's most promising young stars. He's released several critically acclaimed mixtapes, including Hood Fame, The Last King, K.R.I.T. Was Here, and Return of 4Eva. Bucking the standard format, this short but sweet collection (a trimmer version than the original 17-track release) has absolutely no guest rappers and no outside producers. It's just K.R.I.T. doing his thing over his own beats, with high-caliber live instrumentation fleshing out the tunes. Exceptionally soulful and personal, his mellow, Southern-accented verses stick to real-life issues: love and loss, happiness and sorrow, and the dueling lifestyles of faith and temptation. Musically, he sounds like nobody else in the game right now, though comparisons could be drawn to old-school OutKast and Goodie Mob. Honestly, every song on here is fantastic, with standouts like "Boobie Miles," "Sideline," and "Red Eye." Already big with the online tastemaker set, look for K.R.I.T. to become a household name. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Meridian, Miss., Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered in Time) is one of hip-hop's most promising young stars. He's released several critically acclaimed mixtapes, including Hood Fame, The Last King, K.R.I.T. Was Here, and Return of 4Eva. Bucking the standard format, this short but sweet collection (a trimmer version than the original 17-track release) has absolutely no guest rappers and no outside producers. It's just K.R.I.T. doing his thing over his own beats, with high-caliber live instrumentation fleshing out the tunes. Exceptionally soulful and personal, his mellow, Southern-accented verses stick to real-life issues: love and loss, happiness and sorrow, and the dueling lifestyles of faith and temptation. Musically, he sounds like nobody else in the game right now, though comparisons could be drawn to old-school OutKast and Goodie Mob. Honestly, every song on here is fantastic, with standouts like "Boobie Miles," "Sideline," and "Red Eye." Already big with the online tastemaker set, look for K.R.I.T. to become a household name. 

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About Big K.R.I.T.

Recalling the Dirty South sound of UGK and Scarface, Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. spent five years on the mixtape circuit honing his skills before his 2010 release took his career to another level. The release was the mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, a groundbreaking critical success that had bloggers declaring the South's future. It was a commercial success as well, generating enough downloads and "likes" that the Def Jam label took notice, signing the artist that same year. It was also the year K.R.I.T. -- which stands for "King Remembered in Time" -- appeared on Curren$y's Top 40 debut, Pilot Talk, along with Wiz Khalifa's hit mixtape Kush & Orange Juice. His 2011 release, Return of 4eva, was extravagant by mixtape standards, with elaborate cover art and guest appearances from Chamillionaire, Raheem DeVaughn, and David Banner, along with challenging titles like "Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism." A track on R&B singer Chris Brown's 2011 mixtape, Boy in Detention, indicated that his commercial aspirations were still there as well, although the guest list for his 2012 debut, Live from the Underground, would be a mix of true hip-hop (Eightball & MJG, Devin the Dude, and Bun B) and truly surprising (B.B. King, Anthony Hamilton). The surprises continued on his 2014 album, Cadillactica, which took on more left-field genres and heavier topics. A year later he released the It's Better This Way mixtape while the RBC label rounded up some of his early recordings for All My Life. ~ David Jeffries

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