On Monday, the good folks a NPR blessed us with a stream of Big K.R.I.T.’s album Live From The Underground, which will be released through Def Jam on June 5th.
“Live From the Underground” is built over the crisp rimshot now synonymous with ?uestlove and a humming chorus reminiscent of late-’90s neo-soul. In it, K.R.I.T. calls himself “cinematic,” a fair description. Trumpets stab. The piano is high in the mix. Throughout the album, it’s nighttime, it’s hot out and the crickets loom.
K.R.I.T. arms himself with words, and his lyrics are stacked and dense. He doesn’t use one word where three would do. He multiplies his voice, doubling his tracks and echoing the ends of his lines often. For all the prominent guest spots here — B.B. King, Anthony Hamilton, Ludacris and Bun B again — this is K.R.I.T. telling his own stories. They’re about his father, his writing process and, maybe a little too often, girls who don’t want to sleep with him. In “Don’t Let Me Down, he says he’s lost friends to success — or, rather, their envy of his. This doesn’t appear to have slowed him down: “I did all I could in my city, so I had to bounce,” he rhymes.
01. LFU300MA (Intro)
02. Live From The Underground
03. Cool 2 Be Southern
04. I Got This
05. Money On The Floor feat. 8Ball & MJG and 2 Chainz
06. What U Mean feat. Ludacris
07. My Sub (Pt. 2: The Jackin’)
08. Don’t Let Me Down
09. Porchlight feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Pull Up feat. Big Sant & Bun B
11. Yeah Dats Me
12. Hydroplaning feat. Devin The Dude
13. If I Fall feat. Melanie Fiona
14. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
15. Praying Man feat. B.B. King
16. Live From The Underground (Reprise) feat. Ms. Linnie