Pimp C is alive, and his name is Big K.R.I.T. The comparisons that K.R.I.T., who has been grinding for years until finally getting this much deserved break, has generated to Pimp C aren’t internet hyperbole. His delivery, on most of this tape, channels the spirit of Sweet James Jones on almost every track, and when he isn’t possessed by the Port Arthur native’s soul, he’s showing his other obvious influences, most notably T.I.
My friend described this tape to me as hip-hop’s take on post-rock, and despite this being strictly country rap tunes (word to noz), that is a good way to summarize K.R.I.T.’s album/mixtape (I’ve seen it called both all over the net, I’m guessing it’s just a free album marketed as a mixtape since everything on the tape is original - however, that makes me wonder, if not having a DJ makes the project more of an album than a mixtape, does that make Wiz’s Kush & OJ an album, or the mixtape it’s been referred to as?). This is one of those projects that blurr the ever-thin line between tape and album, and it works for the best on K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.
With features from blog-favorites such as Curren$y, Smoke DZA, the aforementioned Wiz Khalifa, Devin The Dude, and his rhyming P.I.C., Big Sant, K.R.I.T. delivers a project that stands out surprisingly well in a time where huge mixtapes and singles are dropping daily. In between all the Jeezy, Scarface, Eminem, Drake, B.o.B, 8Ball & MJG, Bone Thugs, French Montana, T.I., Curren$y, Wiz, and the like are all flooding the market with mixtapes, albums, singles, and features, K.R.I.T. comes through silently, and with a little help from the bloggers, drops one of the best projects to have come out this year.
It’s just so smooth; straight riding music. It may not end up on year end lists, as it’s sure to be slept on, but for now, it’s a great body of work that shows there are artists who can take the aesthetics from UGK, Ball & G, and Three 6 Mafia, and make it work in a blog-driven world where the only successors to that country rap who’re getting critical praise are the duo of Pill and Freddie Gibbs, and less often, the highly-talented Yelawolf.
Big K.R.I.T. has finally arrived on the scene, and he’s only going to get better. Give the kid a chance, I’m sure you won’t be dissapointed.