It's rap game Hunger Games time. After all the fake, untalented, label puppets have collapsed its foundation, hip-hop is thrown into pure and utter chaos; let's call it the rapocalypse. Now, in an effort to rebuild our once powerful, bustling civilization, each hip-hop fan must stand behind and fight for one emcee and one emcee only. This emcee should be the one who you would shed blood floor. They must embody everything you love about hip-hop and are everything you want an emcee to be. They must embody the values and principles you feel most strongly about when it comes to rap. For them, you would march into battle and kill for them to be at the top.
So, who will you stand behind?
Hopefully, there is no rapocalypse on the horizon, but the question still remains. If you could pick one emcee who best represents what you want hip-hop to be and why you love it, who would it be? We're going with Big K.R.I.T.
Sure, that might have been a little bit too dramatic of an intro, but you'll understand if you check out his new video single "Mt. Olympus"; this song is fucking epic. Hyperbole aside, Krizzle really is our pick.
We try very hard to ignore the "check out this new song" posts—as tempting as they may be—which is perhaps why we didn't post this video when it dropped a little over a week ago. I really wanted to talk about it, but couldn't figure out how. However, now that the video is out and I watched it a dozen more times, I'm reminded of just how fucking underrated K.R.I.T. is as an emcee; especially when you scope this effort around the illustrious "Control" verse.
If you can remember way back to last summer when Kendrick dropped the bomb, we all wanted each and every artist to do a "Control" response. The thing I never understood about "Control" is why it was considered a diss. Nobody was really insulted "ether" style, but instead, Kendrick was doing a call to arms, encouraging every emcee to really bring it and raise the bar. We heard a few freestyles and response here and there, but nobody even came close to touching Kendrick. But now, 106 days later, we have the best verse (well...verses) since then, and the only response (that isn't really a response) that matters.
It's not exactly a direct response, but K.R.I.T. does mention it in the verse, calling it "an ugly bitch that everybody done fucked raw" and ending the incendiary effort bluntly with "Check it, fuck a Control." For most of the track, however, K.R.I.T. does exactly want Kendrick asked—he raises the bar. He did it angrier, better and with more fire than Kendrick; he also took more shots at the industry (like the one below).
This is the best display of sheer rapping ability since "Control," so why is nobody talking about it like we did with Kendrick?
"Like one of these days I'm gonna be a rapper / But all my verses gonna be borrowed / So I'ma take from all these Southern artists / That mainstream never heard of / Recycle all of they lingo / And make sure I screw my words up / Bravo for your swagger-jackin' / I'm overwhelmed by your dedication / You actually fooled these people into thinkin' / That your music was innovative"
The short answer is because K.R.I.T. is the single most underrated emcee in the game today. Admittedly, I have gone through periods where I slept on him. However, each and every time I come back to the Mississippi native, there's this newfound appreciation which, of course, comes with dashes of shame. Perhaps he doesn't get the credit that he deserves because the quality of his music so is high that it has almost becomes expected. Just imagine what would happen on Hot 97 and in the New York metro area if Kendrick had dropped "Mt. Olympus," Krit Wuz Here or even King Remembered In Time.
I am not trying to compare K.R.I.T. and Kendrick—nor am I saying he is better—but on the short list of emcees who can run with Kendrick, K.R.I.T is up there and he doesn't get the credit he deserves. That second verse is flawless and the beat—also made by K.R.I.T., mind you—is incredible. It has given me goosebumps every time I've pressed play. This is the song of the year, so far, but you wouldn't know it by checking the radio or Twitter, and that is all the evidence you need that K.R.I.T. is criminally underrated.
We've been clamoring for a proper "Control" response and now that we finally have one, the people are still sleeping. What more does this guy have to do?