26 July 2016


On July 5th, Big K.R.I.T. dropped his 13th mixtape, XII/XII (12 For 12). But if you follow him on social media (I can only speak to Instagram, but I'd assume his other media outlets did the same) or follow hip hop news sites, you would have noticed/learned that KRIT was releasing his music a bit differently. Starting at noon on the 5th, KRIT was releasing a single an hour until midnight. Each single art featured a classic style sports trading card with superstars from the NBA, NFL, MBL and NASCAR. At midnight you were able to download the full 12 track freestyle mixtape.

I feel one of KRIT's greatest strengths as an artist is his legitimate dual threat skills as an emcee and producer. When he is able to take the reigns on a project as both, we get a cohesive piece of art. The care and thought he puts into his music is evident, from the intro to the last track. That being said, it is great to see KRIT have fun and show his amazing lyrical versatility by tacking some of the most popular instrumental in the game today (and some older hits). KRIT flexes his pen game by spitting over: ScHoolboy Q's "THat Part", Pusha T and Jay Z's "Drug Dealers Anonymous", Drake's "Hype" and "4PM in Calabasas", French Montana's "Lock Jaw", Bryson Tiller's "Rambo", Kanye West's "Real Friends", and Erykah Badu's "Other Side Of The Game" (as well as a few others). Overall, this is what you would want from a freestyle mixtape. Fuego bars on fuego instrumentals. While most of the singles come from more mainstream artists, KRIT is able to flip his cadence and rhyming pattern to match (and sometimes even better than the originals) each track. So take this tape for a summer drive in your whip and enjoy Krizzle's take on the current sound of hip hop.

The Mississippi emcee posted one more message after his XII/XII mixtape release, stating that he would be leaving Def Jam. Multi til the sun die.

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