October 15, 2015

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Stream/Download Big K.R.I.T.'s New Mixtape 'IBTW: It’s Better This Way'

Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT on Twitter)
Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT on Twitter)

The title “mixtape” has taken many forms over the years. What started in the '80s as a cassette tape full of songs from various artists and maybe even various genres is now utilized as a way for signed artists to release the music they want to give their fans, verses that they and the label settle on. A big debate in hip hop has been about the mixtapes being better than the albums. This has been true for a lot of artists from Meek Mill to Future and even Big K.R.I.T. (with the exception of Cadillactica).

Another phenomenon we’ve seen lately has been artists dropping major albums without promotion. Most credit—or blame, depending on how you look at it—Beyoncé. Most recently the Drake and Future joint album—What a Time to Be Alive, 11 songs, billed as a mixtape—had this kind of out-of-the-blue release. Today Big K.R.I.T., the 29-year-old Mississippi MC, combined both and dropped IBTW: It’s Better This Way, a surprise project hosted by DJ Drama. Stream it here, via Datpiff:

This tape, like K.R.I.T tapes in the past, plays more like an album. It helps that DJ Drama’s ad-libbing is kept to a minimum, too. The tape features rappers like Warren GLudacris, Young Dolph and of course longtime collaborator Big Sant. Big K.R.I.T also produced all but three tracks on IBTW: It’s Better This Way. The record starts off with a skit where K.R.I.T. is at a fork in the road and decides to take the path less traveled. One thing fans have often appreciated about K.R.I.T. is how transparent he is about his constant battles with temptation.

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Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Have fun with the tape. K.R.I.T. has also shared a bunch of tour dates in support of IBTW:

10/22 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/24 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/25 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
10/27 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
10/28 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
10/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
10/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/01 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/03 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
11/04 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
11/05 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Studio
11/06 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury
11/07 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
11/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/10 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/11 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Street
11/13 – Denver, CO @ Cervantis
11/15 – Reno, NV @  Knitting Factory
11/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
11/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/19 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre
11/24 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/25 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
11/27 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
11/28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
12/01 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
12/02 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Druid City Music Hall
12/03 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
12/04 – Meridian, MS @ Temple Theatre
12/05 – Jackson, MS @ | Hal & Mal’s
12/06 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
12/08 – Columbia, SC @ Music Farm
12/09 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/10 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
12/12 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
12/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

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