• New Mixtape

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

    It's got Warren G, Ludacris and a ton of production from the Mississippi king himself

    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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    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