There’s a legitimate debate to be had over which of Big K.R.I.T.’s skills reigns supreme: spitting raps or lacing tracks. Lyrically, he’s in the same league as his peers Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole—he goes bar for bar with both them on DJ Khaled’s “They Ready,” and elsewhere outshines his entire draft class on A$AP Rocky’s “1 Train.” But his soulful Southern-baked production—initially a necessity that developed into a speciality—has helped him carve out his own rich, nostalgic flavor. The Mississippi native continues to become more savvy in his music making, moving beyond the soul samples that he so delightfully chopped on K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (“Something”) and Return Of 4eva (“R4 Theme Song”) into employing warm, live instrumentation and sung vocals to provide that same heartiness. When K.R.I.T.’s dual talents are working in unison—like that time he encouraged all challengers to step up on the chest-beating “King of the South”—very few two-way players can compete.
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