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Big K.R.I.T.


Aug 7

9 p.m. Tuesday

House of Blues

225 Decatur St.



Between the singles, mixtapes, guest spots, remixes, intentional leaks and calculated delays, by the time a hyped MC gets around to issuing an official debut, it often slots incongruously in the middle of their oeuvre. Meridian, Miss.'s Justin Scott, the incredible hulk known as Big K.R.I.T., has been riding a wave of genuflecting press, ear-searing word of mouth and derrick-drawn creative juice for more than two years now. His first mixtape, 2010 gait-keeper K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, got him signed to Def Jam; his second, last year's Return of 4Eva, took Southern rap on an air-conditioned joy ride down memory lane, packing a clown-car Cadillac with a trunk full of subwoofers, fellow '90s nostalgic Curren$y riding shotgun and OutKast, Goodie Mob, Ludacris, UGK, Scarface and dozens more drawlers piled in back. The wheels of steel don't quite come to a screeching halt on June release Live from the Underground — the LP's retro beats and universalistic rhymes lack the greasy mystery of its immediate forebears, its noise maybe a little too organized — but followers of this saga could be forgiven for expecting more def jams like the hydraulic G-Funk single "I Got This" and the pianissimo "If I Fall" (which recalls Tupac feeling Hornsby), and less bereft reps like "Cool 2 Be Southern" and the title track. After two murderous preludes, a merely average debut from a talent like K.R.I.T. feels like petty theft. Casey Veggies and Big Sant open. Tickets $20, $60 balcony seating. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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