Thursday, May 31, 2012

"What You Mean You Ain't Nasty?"

Songs like @bigkrit's new one below make me really hopeful that Southern Hip Hop is headed in the right direction. There's a cavalcade of good reasons for the effusive compliments I've given K.R.I.T. in the past and What You Mean only validates what I've said about his music to date. The undeniable funk, heavy bass and overall tough tone of the track from the beats to the grimy hook to the flawless way he navigates the's a unique kind of awesome.

I'm guessing that if you didn't grow up on Southern Hip Hop like I did, then you may not appreciate K.R.I.T.'s music as much as I do. The biggest reason I've got so much respect for him as both a rapper and producer has to do with the way he's advanced the styles and sounds of the music I grew up with. From Three Six Mafia to UGK, the slow, heavy, codeine soaked rhythms had always set the standard of quality. Keepin' it 100, only UGK was ever been able to mix in large doses of funk successfully in Southern Hip Hop until K.R.I.T. came along. Sure the messages are ignorant and repetitive too like UGK, but you can't tell me that the rolling funk on the beat below doesn't immediately cause you to start nodding your head.

For me, @LUDACRIS's typical, well thought out verse was merely icing on the cake. He's never short on the witty bars, which is why he's always added value on his features. Still, I would have liked it just as much without him, it's that dope. I'm guessing the track below will surface on K.R.I.T.'s new Live From the Underground mixtape due out June 5th, which is cool, but I've got September 27th circled as a much more noteworthy date since that's the scheduled release of his studio album that is also set to be titled Live from the Underground. Mixtapes are cool and all, but you boy is finally getting the call up to the big leagues, which is long overdue for those who listen to his music...#BigLeagueReady

Big K.R.I.T. feat Ludacris - What You Mean?


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