By Bert Connelly
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4eva
K.R.I.T. is an artist to keep an eye on in the future. He is from Mississippi and reps it pretty hard and pretty consistently throughout all of his songs. People (the internet) seem to be really excited about this tape, with good reason as he was recently featured on XXL’s list of promising freshman rappers. I’ll say he is a really solid rapper and the fact that he produces most of his own beats is ALWAYS a huge plus in my book because it means that the artist has a good deal of control over his music. Ultimately anyone can get famous for rapping (see Cudi, Kid) so the fact that he is a larger part of his music is pivotal. All in all, K.R.I.T. just does not stand out among the plethora of emerging southern rappers. On some songs he sounds like he is trying to channel T.I. and on others he sounds like Pimp C of UGK (R.I.P.). He really just has yet to find his voice. In all fairness to “Return of 4eva”, the casual hip-hop fan will find things to chill on, at the very least. Some key features pull the tape together really nicely, looking at you, David Banner. A remix of “Country Shit” with Ludacris and Bun B is a highlight. Really though, as much as I love Bun B, his previous tape, “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here,” had cooler guest stars in the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Devin the Dude. Overall, it’s a solid mixtape as far as music about being cool, doing drugs, and avoiding gang altercations while still leading a very taxing lifestyle goes. Only time will tell whether or not K.R.I.T. will develop his own style and run with it or whether he will fade into obscurity.
E-40 – Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift & Graveyard Shift
On “American Rapstar”, which is a decent cut off of the Big K.R.I.T. album you just finished reading a review of, K.R.I.T. says, “An A&R once told me that you can determine the worth of a song within 15 seconds of it playing.” He goes one to say this is untrue, but if it were true, E-40 would have chosen a great 15 seconds to open his album with. “This is one of those throwback, mobbed out, yola[cocaine] coppin’, truck robbin’, spark some kush[marijuana], crack a bottle and sip some yak[cognac/any alcohol] beats, m*th*rf*ck*r.” Oddly enough that sentence really sums a lot of E-40’s music. If this doesn’t sound like your kind of beat (m*th*rf*ck*r) then I really suggest you look elsewhere for music (m*th*rf*ck*r). E-40 is the type of rapper who can spit, “What color is your exterior? The same as grey poupon. What is you, a baller? Yeah, but not LeBron. Well what kind of baller are you? The kind that sells heron [sic]” without batting an eye. If you think anyone can rhyme Lebron with heroin, you are fooling yourself. Really though. In terms of flow, which Yahoo Answers defines as “how good your words are put together,” E-40 is one of the most inventive rappers going. If beats are your concern, fear not; the synths drop as hard as they do on many Waka Flocka releases. E-40, as he is known to do, released two albums at the same time. Both “Overtime Shift” and “Graveyard Shift” are worth stealing off of the Internet, not like I’m a proponent of that or anything.
F@ Chris – 6’7” Remix
Chris Corpuz is a first year at Beloit College and lives in Chapin Hall. Swag Him The F*ck Out.
Mellowhype – 64
Mellowhype is a group within the group that is Odd Future. Rapper Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain just played this song on the TV show “The Daily Habit” a few days ago. I’ve heard it before but this time it had an official title and was performed with a live band, which was cool when Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy performed on Jimmy Fallon but is less awesome here. The song is cool though so listen to it and look for the video on YouTube called “Surveillance,” which is this song and a video of the two kids shoplifting from a convenience store. WOLF GANG.
Cut From the Vault:
Big L. – Da Graveyard – “Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous”: Awesome cut from a classic album. Also, a really early Jay-Z is featured on here. Cool, right? Whatever.
What haven’t you tried _______ yet?