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Big K.R.I.T.

Live from the Underground (Def Jam)

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., Oct. 12, 2012

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews

Big K.R.I.T.

Live From the Underground (Def Jam)

Southern pride ain't no joke. A Mississippi MC whose style bites big on Memphis speed, UGK sauce, and David Banner's snarl, Big K.R.I.T.'s the metalloid conglomeration of the Dirty South ideal, a fiery rapper who recognizes the appeal for dousing an 8Ball & MJG collaboration with a hot vat of molasses. Thus, second LP Live from the Underground arrives with every southern accent in tow: crescendo horns and soulful keys on "Cool 2 Be Southern," emotive tracks glorifying hustle ("Don't Let Me Down"), and over-the-top Ludacris guest spots ("What U Mean"). There's even a Bun B guest spot that finds the Texas king preaching on the subjects of pimping, wood grain wheels, and the Bayou City ("Pull Up"). It's a lot at 17 tracks, but anybody with depth to put a jam as exciting as "Yeah Dats Me" in the closing third has Dirty South-certified license to go long. (3pm, Honda stage)

***.5

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