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Big K.R.I.T., Live From The Underground

Big K.R.I.T. both epitomizes and stands out from today’s crop of young MCs. Since 2010, he’s used the Web to release three free projects, but the Mississippi native has done so with an album- level quality that makes categorizing the collections—filled completely with original production, first-rate creativity and lyrical potency—as merely “mixtapes” an affront. Each of these efforts have worked up toward his major-label debut, Live from the Underground. With this set, he’s built upon his stirring narrative and stabilized his place as a keen observer with an old soul. While newcomers too often make artistic sacrifices to justify labels’ hefty ...

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