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The fast-rising Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has already released one mixtape this year, the excellent Return Of 4Eva. Over the weekend, he gave the world another one, Last King 2: God’s Machine. Where Return Of 4Eva was more of a fully fleshed-out new album, Last King 2 is mostly a collection of the freelance work K.R.I.T.’s done over the year. But that’s a good thing in its own right, since K.R.I.T.’s been on a crazy roll lately, and his outside work actually covers more aesthetic ground than his own solo stuff.

Last King 2 features collabs with guys like Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Bun B, and Killer Mike. It also features way more of K.R.I.T.’s raspy snarl than Return Of 4Eva did. K.R.I.T.’s empathetic conscious-rap side made Return Of 4Eva a deep and inviting listen, but it also got silly from time to time. That side of K.R.I.T. gets way less airtime on the new tape, where he’s way more concerned with delivering satisfying deep-accented shit-talk. It’s a fun listen, and it’s yours for a couple of clicks at LiveMixtapes.

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  1. Hip-Hop updates about Big K.R.I.T. on Stereogum?!?!

    Tom has arrived!

  2. You mention Return of 4eva coming across as kind of silly in some of the “conscious rap” moments.
    What did you think of the stuff E-40′s put out this year? While I thought he had some genuinely inspired lines (ie “I’m not an alcoholic/just a serious social drinker”), a lot of the stuff he’s doing, for me at least, came across as really cliched (“Drugs”, “Guns”, “Me and My Bitch”, “I Love My Mamma”, “Fuck Em”). But maybe I’m missing the point b/c I know a lot of people think the two Revenue Retrievin’ releases are some of the best hip-hop out this year.

  3. Agree with Tom- Yay Big K.R.I.T on stereogum. Discovered him on CunninLynguists’ Oneirology-Murder- sampling Marianne Faithful-best song on the album. Loved Return of 4eva-esp.Track 18 Another niave individual…
    Downloading Last King 2 now..

  4. Why do all the links go to the Return of 4Eva mixtape? Hella excited for this by the way. K.R.I.T. has soundtracked most of my car rides this summer.

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