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Big K.R.I.T. - Club Red, Tempe - May 24

Mississippi native Big K.R.I.T. makes it cool to be country, and it's not just because of the Southern drawl in his voice or the leaned-back cadence splashed all over his discography. The 25-year-old has a flow strong enough to please purists and to place his work against the best in his discipline. For years, his free mixtapes garnered heaps of praise, and since the break of his studio debut Live From the Underground, the buzz surrounding him has been sweltering.

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Almost all of K.R.I.T.'s work up to this point has been self-produced, and he's become one of the most versatile beatmakers to come out of his region. On one track he might create something that feels as though it could belong to Virginia's war-rap general Lex Luger's catalog, on another the production might sound like it could have found itself a home on UGK's seminal album Ridin' Dirty. But his main component is always the same -- "it's all about soul and quality." With Big K.R.I.T., it's not just the words he says and how they're put together, it's about everything from how the bass booms on a subwoofer to the very last bar. -- Patrick Montes

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