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Status Ain’t Hood: Meek Mill Is Extremely Good At Rapping

Rap music is too vast and overwhelming a thing for any one song to encapsulate all the multitudes it contains. But if I had to pick one song that best encapsulates what circa-now rap music can be, that song would probably be “Dreams And Nightmares (Intro),” the breathless track that opened Meek Mill’s 2012 album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 10:01 am

Watch Big K.R.I.T. Play The Tonight Show With Raphael Saadiq & The Roots

Last night, a whole lot of understated and laid-back rap and R&B craftsmen descended upon Rockefeller Plaza. Big K.R.I.T. was the musical guest on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show, and he performed “Soul Food,” the elegant and heartfelt Saadiq collab from his 2014 album Cadillactica. Saadiq joined him onstage, singing and playing guitar,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 9:24 am

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “Soul Food” (Feat. Raphael Saadiq) Video

Last month, the Mississippi rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. released Cadillactica, his second major-label album. It’s the sort of album that gets overlooked but shouldn’t; it’s a musically adventurous work in some quiet and comfortable ways, from the type of artist who never trumpets all the things going on in his records. “Soul Food” i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 3:13 pm

The Week In Pop: With Four, One Direction Keep On Building A Better Boy Band

What constitutes a boy band, anyway? One Direction certainly look and act the part. Ever since forming on The X Factor in 2010, they’ve filled a particular hole in the music industry, the one that requires 3-5 fresh-faced young lads with pretty voices and prettier haircuts to join forces and passionately emote for the hormonal… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 20, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Big K.R.I.T. – “Cadillactica” Video

Big K.R.I.T. will release his new album Cadillactica next week (though you can stream it now), and today he’s shared a video for the title track. It features the namesake car flying through a hazy and aqueous galaxy, and K.R.I.T. singing the hook while he’s floating through a starry background. Curiously, all of the Cadillac… More »

By: James Rettig / November 5, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Stream Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica

The Mississippi rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. has always radiated a sort of honest, down-home humility, but that hasn’t stopped him from making an ambitiously sprawling album. Cadillactica, K.R.I.T.’s second LP for Def Jam, has a vague cosmic concept and a whole lot of beautifully warped soul samples, and it sounds grander and more cinematic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 3, 2014 - 11:08 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “King Of The South”

“Grew up on the country side of town/ Now I’m ballin’ under city lights.” So goes Big K.R.I.T.’s latest Cadillactica single, on which he makes a strong case for himself as “King Of The South.” Hear him swagger and snarl below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 31, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Big K.R.I.T. – “Soul Food” (Feat. Raphael Saadiq)

Next month, the Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. will release his new album Cadillactica, and everything we’ve heard suggests that it could be really fucking good. We’ve posted first single “Pay Attention” and the great title track, and now K.R.I.T. has teamed up with soul-music veteran Raphael Saadiq on the lush, slow, ruminative “Soul Food.” It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 11:03 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “Pay Attention” Video (Feat. Rico Love)

It’s weird to sell a guy with a fervent internet-dork fanbase and an Amish beard as a heartthrob, but that’s what Def Jam is trying to do with the great Mississippi rapper/producer video in his new “Pay Attention” video. The song pairs K.R.I.T. up with the R&B singer Rico Love, and it’s the first single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 11:59 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “Cadillactica”

Big K.R.I.T. has cranked out so many mixtapes at this point that it can be hard to remember that he only has one proper album, 2012’s Live From The Underground, to his credit. Next month, he’ll follow it up with a new one called Cadillactica. The album’s title track, which K.R.I.T. has just shared, i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 11:21 am

Download Big K.R.I.T. See Me On Top 4 Mixtape

The snarling, sincere, frequently-great Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has released three mixtapes in his See Me On Top series, but the last one came out in 2008, before anyone outside Mississippi really knew who he was. Now that he’s a rising star, K.R.I.T. has rounded up many of his latest one-off tracks for the latest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle (Remix)” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

God bless the unexpected remix. In the buildup to their new album This Is All Yours, Alt-J have already employed the talents of the L.A. noise-rap trio clipping. to rework their first single “Hunger Of The Pine.” And now, just as unlikely, the always-emphatic Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has jumped on the bizarre sex-groove “EveryMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 15, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Big K.R.I.T. – “Pay Attention” (Feat. Rico Love)

Earlier this year, Big K.R.I.T. released a track every day of the week for something he called “Week Of K.R.I.T.” that gave us “New Agenda” featuring Rick Ross and the A$AP Ferg-assisted “Lac Lac.” In April, he announced his new album Cadillactica and shared its first single with the intense “MT. Olympus.” Here’s another track… More »

By: James Rettig / July 27, 2014 - 11:25 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “MT. Olympus” Video

Big K.R.I.T.’s incensed, fiery Southern-rap fuck-you “MT. Olympus” was one of our favorite songs of last week. The new video is a good one, too, even though K.R.I.T. himself is the only person who appears onscreen the entire time and even though director KRSP’s camera and editing tricks are a bit cheesy. This is the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2014 - 2:56 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Sometimes the 5 Best Songs Of The Week get along with each other quite well, but this week they’re a bit at odds. One-half of the now-disbanded Girls gives us an earnest ode to loss and pain, while Sharon Van Etten subverts her usual struggle and strife to disguise a few sly jabs. Ariana Grande… More »

By: Stereogum / May 2, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Big K.R.I.T. – “MT. Olympus”

In recent weeks, the Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has been throwing new tracks like “New Agenda,” with Rick Ross, and “Lac Lac,” with A$AP Ferg, up online. Those songs, mean as they were, were one-offs. But now K.R.I.T. is gearing up for the release of his new album Cadillactica, and now he’s shared the first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 29, 2014 - 9:33 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “Lac Lac” (Feat. A$AP Ferg)

Right now, Big K.R.I.T. is in the midst of his “Week Of K.R.I.T.” campaign, in which he offers up a new loose track every day. Things started off with the Rick Ross collab “New Agenda,” and now it continues with K.R.I.T. joining forces with an equally unlikely collaborator. “Lac Lac” is K.R.I.T.’s second encounter with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Big K.R.I.T. – “New Agenda” (Feat. Rick Ross)

At this point, it doesn’t make much sense to call the Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. “underground” anymore. He’s on Def Jam, his last album had 2 Chainz on one of its singles, and now he’s got a song with Rick Ross. K.R.I.T. produced “New Agenda,” his new Ross collab, himself, and it’s fun to hear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 11:53 am

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am
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