K.R.I.T. may be transitioning from mixtape favorite to major-label player, but his self-produced space-age funk maintains a coat of thick Mississippi mud. He uses his new clout to invite guests like Melanie Fiona and Ludacris to sip moonshine and spin backwoods tales of soul survival (”If I Fall”) and country debauchery (”What U Mean”). With its feral lyrical hunger and playful production, Live From the Underground is the best distillation of the South since OutKast’s rule-rewriting heyday. A-
UNDERGROUND ALBUM The southern hip-hopper maintains his roots through his self-produced album (Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Big K.R.I.T.; Status: In Season; Music Label: Def Jam
Posted May 25 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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