Thanks to some of the fine folks over at /r/hiphopheads, I recently got turned on to the well-respected, yet still up-and-coming artist/producer, Big K.R.I.T., and I was blown away by how fresh and unique his style is. The production, song structures, his flow — just everything. The songs feel new and yet distinctively his, as if he’s been established in the game for years — a seasoned vet.
I really haven’t gotten into that much new hip-hop in the last five years or so. In fact, if anything, I’ve been going backwards on the rap timeline and checking out some of the older, more underground guys that never really made it.
It’s simply because a lot of this new stuff I hear — even a good amount of the newer indie stuff — just all sounds the same to me. Maybe I’m getting older and a bit more jaded, I don’t know…
In any event, Big K.R.I.T. is absolutely, without a doubt, stepping up and breathing some new life into to the hip-hop scene, and that makes me happy and hopeful for its future as a whole.
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, while a commercial success as well, generating enough downloads and “likes” that the Def Jam label took notice, signing the artist that same year…[read more]
Take the plunge and check out his latest track as well. It’s killer.