Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stream Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Live From the Underground'

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Big K.R.I.T.'s long-awaited Def Jam debut Live From the Underground is streaming now on NPR. The album drops June 5, following a two-year build-up that began when he was signed to the label on the strength of the 2010 mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.

When we talked about the recent official label rerelease of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here a few weeks ago, I asked K.R.I.T. about the difference between producing his sample-heavy underground mixtapes and producing a debut label album in which he had to rely more on original music to avoid budget-sucking sample clearance fees.

Big K.R.I.T.: "Live From the Underground was a task, not being able to sample as much and having to be more creative on a level. Like if I want a certain feel for this record, then I’m going to have to sing it. I’m going to have to get on these keys, reach out to my guitarist Mike Hartnett, let him play, and we really tried to construct a record that gave you that same feel but it wasn’t a sample."

The album features notable guest spots from Devin the Dude, Anthony Hamilton, Melanie Fiona, Bun B, Luda, and B.B. King, who provided some bluesy licks, courtesy Lucille, on "Praying Man."

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