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In a mere two years, Big Krit has gone from virtual unknown to sought after veteran. When the Mississippi native burst on the scene in 2010 with his impressive mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, he did so without a national following and without really any known commodities backing him. Since then Krit has become an artist that’s known for head knocking soulful beats coupled with lyrics and story telling from the heart. Fans have been clamoring for Krits “official” debut for damn near two years and with Live From The Underground, Krit looks to finally give the fans what they’ve been asking for.

Live From The Underground was originally set to be released in September 2011, but was pushed back due to all to common “sample clearing difficulties”. After pushing back the album due to sample delays, K.R.I.T. essentially said “fuck it”, and released the mix tape 4evaNaDay. Almost a year later, we’ve finally seen the album that was promised. And while some of the singles including “I Got This” and “Money on The Floor”(feat. 8 Ball & MJG and 2Chainz) aren’t new, the rest of Live From The Underground bring a new chapter to the autobiography of the King Remembered In Time.

The guest list on Live From The Underground covers about half of the album and features some pretty dope artists, including 8 Ball & MJG, Bun B, Devin the Dude and of course Big Sant, to name a few. The fact that Krit was able to secure legendary blues guitarist B.B. King on the “Praying Man” is incredible, and perhaps shows the reach that the Mississippi emcee’s music has. The elements involved in the track, the funky guitar, the soulful chorus help to make this the defacto standout track on the album. The instrumental alone would be dope, but Krit ups the ante with incredible story telling and ties everything together.

Interestingly enough, even though Krit’s following has grown and Live From The Underground was released on a major, Krit still looks at himself as “underground”, as he tells us on the dope title track “Live from the Underground”. And though he sees it this way, the sound of Live From The Underground is seems more for the masses than just for the backpackers. And while this track is dope, the album ending “Live from the Underground (Reprise)” absolutely crushes it with it’s soulful melody and hypnotizing harmonica.

The endearing quality of Krit’s previous releases has always been in his ability to share himself with the listeners and he does so with the songs, addressing some of his demons with “Don’t Let Down” and “Hyrdoplaning”. Tracks such as “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, “If I Fall” and “Porchlight” tell the story of a man looking back at the lessons from a father and doing his best to survive and juggle a relationship with his chosen career. Those tracks coupled with “Money on The Floor” and “What U Mean”, “Yeah Dats Me” and “I Got This”, show the money chasing, rain making side of Big Krit. All together, it shows a flawed, but complete man. Krit’s ability to show these parts of his personality make Live From The Underground a balanced album that isn’t preachy and at the same time isn’t completely focused on telling the listener how much of a pimp or how rich Krit is.

Live From The Underground didn’t wow me upon first listen. In fact, I hated it, as the album is a bit of a departure from Krit’s previous releases and the backpacker in me wouldn’t accept it. Upon further listen though, it may be his strongest release to date. Krit is a talented producer, but didn’t have to rely just on woofer busting instrumentals and drum kits with this release as lyrically, he goes in. And While Krit Wuz Here and Return Of 4eva featured more sample based production and a grittier sound, Live From The Underground is more polished. For those that heard 4evaNaDay and noticed the difference in sound, the transition began there and ends in Live From The Underground.

A listener can move through Big Krit’s releases album by album and see his growth as an artist. From Krit Wuz Here to Live From The Underground, Big Krit shows that he’s not just resting on his laurels, but looking to grow and improve himself with each and every release.

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8 Responses to "Big Krit – “Live From The Underground” – @@@@ (Review)"
  • Mitch 3K says:

    This album is proof of what I’ve been saying for a minute, that artist need to stop overdosing people on free mixtapes. By the time this came out his buzz had already been drowned out by giving his fans about 4 full length albums for free, not to mention the stuff he gave away for free trumps most the stuff on this album. Its no wonder this flopped so hard, and I’m not gloating either cause I like this guy, but Return & 4eva N a day >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> blew this album out the water and they were free, why pay for 2nd rate material?? Artist need to get over this overdose fad and learn some restraint, its spelled Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y C-O-N-T-R-O-L

  • pastido says:

    I thought the lyrics on this were super dumbed down…too many songs about bitches and cars….The song with BB King is amazing but most of the album is all about how, which is fucking boring. A BIG step down from his mix tapes.

  • Jasper Murdock says:

    I actually enjoyed this album even though some of the material was made before Return of 4eva. It was a dope introduction to the MAINSTREAM! He talked about chicks and cars more but he still had some substance on other tracks. I think this album was pretty successful because he didn’t have a big budget, he had little promotion and he produced and mixed the whole album himself. I think you hit it on the head “why pay for 2nd rate material?” But at the same time, why not buy this joint when K.R.I.T. has dropped 4 dope mixtapes in the past two years for free!? New artists have to drop a lot of material because the average rap fan has A.D.H.D. Only established artists can go over a year without a mixtape or an album. It’s sad. My biggest complaint is I think K.R.I.T. played it safe with this album. But overall, I sat down and listened to it a few times and it grew on me.

  • Model Citizen says:

    I actually liked this record quite a bit.

  • adam_dz says:

    I’m a huge KRIT fan so I can see where y’all gripes are coming from. I really enjoyed this record, tho. I can agree track for track you could take one of his mixtapes and it would be better than this album but something you have to realize is first, dude was sampling the shit out of a lot of those songs. I’d bet it would of taken a lot to get hose samples cleared for a major label release. Due to that fact I don’t think it is a quality control issue with him. Secondly, I don’t think he compromised his sound on that small section of tracks (as mentioned in the review–pretty much tracks 4 to 7) where it’s high energy songs about money/hoes. To me those sound like throwback songs from the old era of southern hip-hop and dude nailed it on the head. I think it’s a solid release. I prob go 4 1/2.

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