The 39 city, Kritically Acclaimed Tour made its way to the Bay Area, stopping by Slim’s in San Francisco on November 16th. Mississippi native, Big K.R.I.T., put on an energetic performance with special guests, BJ the Chicago Kid and Scotty ATL.
The southern rapper just dropped a mixtape last month called, It’s Better This Way, with tracks you may have heard on KSJS’ heavy rotation such as “No Static” ft. Warren G, “It’s Better This Way,” and “86”. Some of my personal favorites are, “Shakem Off” ft. Ludacris and K Camp, and “Piece on Chain”. Don’t take my word for it though, listen for yourself.
You can download the mixtape on datpiff.com (for free) here: It’s Better This Way
With the release of his last album Cadillactica in 2014, K.R.I.T. hasn’t been too involved in the live-music scene. Although there is absolutely no doubt he continues to create dope music behind the scenes, fans haven’t had a chance to see him live, which seemed to build up a high level of anticipation amongst his fans last Monday night at Slim’s, in The City.
Not only did he play tracks off Cadillactica and It’s Better This Way, but he even went as far back as K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) and 4eva N A Day (2012) which made the long-time fans in the crowd, like me, go insane.
It is not very often that my West Coast ears fancy an artist from somewhere other than California, but I have been a dedicated fan of Big K.R.I.T. for a while now. I appreciate his meaningful lyrics, alongside his obvious Outkast influence and funky beats, most in which K.R.I.T produces himself.
The last time I had the pleasure of seeing Big K.R.I.T. was at Rock The Bells in 2010, where he performed my favorite track off the K.R.I.T Wuz Here album, “Hometown Hero,” on the Paid Dues stage. From then until now, Big K.R.I.T. has not only greatly developed as an artist, but he has continued to prove to fans that underground hip hop really is better this way.