Rock & Pop

Big K.R.I.T.

When: Thu., Sept. 27, 8:30 p.m. 2012

After seven years, and a substantial number of mixtapes that have made him one of the hottest MCs in the game, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. finally released his debut album this summer. But anyone who's heard those celebrated mixtapes — especially the buzz-boosting 4eva N a Day, which came out three months before his official major-label LP — knew what to expect from the 26-year-old Outkast disciple: big, sticky beats coupled with a loose-tongued style that glances back to Southern rap's peak period. Live From the Underground, the debut album, doesn't mess around with the usual headline-grabbing collaborators. Guests include below-the-Mason-Dixon-Line hip-hop legends like Ludacris and Bun B, smooth-voiced soul man Anthony Hamilton, and even B.B. King, and they give the record a more intimate flow than, say, the latest 2 Chainz record. Big K.R.I.T. won't dethrone Kanye or Jay-Z, or even Rick Ross, anytime soon. But he's a newcomer who already sounds like a hip-hop vet.

Michael Gallucci

Price: $18 ADV, $20 DOS

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