10 years ago I was on the couch watching MTV JAMS – back when they only played music videos – and the video for Somedayz came on. My first thought was “where is Souls of Mischief?” As you can hear, Somedayz uses the beat from their song 93 ‘Til Infinity. That song is loved by most hip hop heads. Once I got beyond not hearing Souls of Mischief, I asked myself “Who is this dude spitting?” I don’t remember if I had heard his music before that point but I made sure to find it. My search led me to find out that dude was Big K.R.I.T. and he had a masterpiece called K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.
2010 was a year to remember for hip hop/rap mixtapes. Mixtapes were coming in from everywhere. We got tapes from rappers that were trying to breakthrough. We got tapes from rappers that wanted to establish their name in the game. We got tapes from established rappers that wanted to flex some muscle. The mixtapes that dropped that year were great! Looking at the list of tapes from 2010 is like looking at historic NBA Draft Classes. K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was released on May 4, 2010. The album held its own then and continues to do so now. K.R.I.T. Wuz Here started circulating -shoutout to Datpiff- and took off. Big Krit was like the draft pick that goes from getting no shine during the draft process to blowing up once the season starts.
K.R.I.T. Wuz Here is a collection of songs that cover every possible angle. You like rap songs with slapping bass and catchy choruses? *check* You like rap songs with storytelling and perspectives on life? *check* You like rap songs that’ll have a chick shaking it in the club? *check* You like rap songs that go well with mellowing out? *check* You like rap songs about coming to wreck the rap game despite the struggle? *check* You like rap songs where the artist puts on for their city or state? *check* KRIT did everything on this album except fill up the Gatorade cooler, walk the dog, and paint your back porch.
I remember being in Jackson during the 2010 Holidays and a friend of mine from Atlanta hit me up. He was about to attend or had already attended a Big K.R.I.T. show. I remember his excitement about the show and my reaction of “Yeah! he from Mississippi!” From that point on that’s pretty much how I responded when someone not from Mississippi asked me about the album or the artist himself. Many were surprised by his ability to combine lyricism, dope production, and raw energy. It all stemmed from KRIT’s determination to let folks know Mississippi had something to say in spite of the Magnolia State’s struggle and stereotypes.