Big K.R.I.T.’s First Recording Proves He’s Always Had Soul For Real (Video)

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Big K.R.I.T. brings his double-LP 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time (deemed the best 2017 Hip-Hop album by the readers of Ambrosia For Heads) to NPR’s Washington, D.C. offices. There, the Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer put on a Tiny Desk concert that is anything but small.

Performing “Mixed Messages,” “Keep The Devil Off,” and “Bury Me In Gold” K.R.I.T. annotates his latest songs. He reveals that “Mixed Messages” is a venting alternative to things like drinking, smoking, and relieving stress in more detrimental ways. Then, without the big studio sound of his single, Krizzle plays “Keep The Devil” in a completely different tone than on his indie LP. The homage to K.R.I.T.’s grandmother is smoother and less fiery. After that performance, K.R.I.T. reveals how his late grandmother was his first mix engineer—having recorded him in 1999. He plays the tape, a duet cover with his brother of Donnell Jones’ “Where I Wanna Be.” K.R.I.T.’s grandma’s voice can be heard, beaming with pride of her two grandsons.

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Afterward, before joking that while his musical ambitions began as R&B, he ultimately stuck with Rap. However, the versatile vocal talents found in Krizzle’s singing have only added range to his discography over the last decade.

The 16-minute set closes with another 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time cut, “Bury Me In Gold.” Notably, all three cuts are from the “Justin Scott” disc of the double-album.

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K.R.I.T. solo songs, as well as guest features with David Banner and B.o.B. are on the official, regularly-updated Ambrosia For Heads playlist.