I’m still walking around with the stank face weeks after listening to Big K.R.I.T.’s “Mt. Olympus.” I’m not quite sure what makes me giddier: the fact that he snapped with his full Mississippi accent on deck or the fact that he completely shut down any doubt of whether or not the south still had something to say. C’mon, folks, you know I had to include the dude 3000 in this conversation, as K.R.I.T. retorts “You tellin’ me I can be the King of Hip Hop/and they wouldn’t give it to Andre 3000?” Indeed, K.R.I.T does have something to say, using his “country-ness” to amplify his unique southern experience within hip hop. “Mt. Olympus” registers as a push back to situating the commercial southern hip hop space as flat and focused on only major hubs like Atlanta. K.R.I.T.’s “Mt. Olympus” is a sharp response to Andre 3000’s 20 year declaration of “the south got something to say!” STILL. He picks up where Andre’s emphatic statement left off 19 years ago.
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