XXL Freshmen alumni Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T.‘s new albums, The Stoned Immaculate and Live from the Underground, are reportedly en route to land on next week’s sales chart based on seven days estimates.
Based on one-day estimates, the rappers’ latest solo projects will easily debut on the Top 50 music releases.
Warner Bros. rapper Curren$y’s The Stoned Immaculate, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Wale, 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T., remarkably, his eighth album since 2009, is on target for 40-45k, the same amount for Def Jam/IDJ hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T.’s highly anticipated debut, Live from the Underground. (HITS Daily Double)
Outside of rap collaborations, Hot Spitta’s Stoned Immaculate also features a few R&B tracks.
It’s pretty much a given that any artist who honed his craft on the mix-tape circuit will receive some backlash after a major-label studio debut, and Curren$y will probably deal with some of that — especially surrounding the two R&B collaborations on the project: the crisp “Take You There,” featuring Marsha Ambrosius, and “That’s the Thing,” with Estelle. But for those familiar with the rapper’s background, and his many false starts with imprints such as No Limit Records and Cash Money, will find that “The Stoned Immaculate” mixes commercial aspirations and an off-kilter, underground style into a perfect blend. (Washington Post)
K.R.I.T.’s new album serves as his long-awaited solo studio release.
Since K.R.I.T. also self-produced Live From The Underground, his commercial debut doesn’t drift too far from the luminous, Outkast-indebted funk of the three exceptional mixtapes that preceded it, though it is considerably rowdier than this March’s inventively mellow 4Eva NaDay. With its rapid beat and brusque “F*ck them haters, f*ck these hos” chorus, lead single “I Got This” feels like the thick-drawled rapper’s attempt to give the mainstream what he thinks it wants, while the banging “Yeah Dats Me” may be the first K.R.I.T. track meant for strip clubs. Neither song embarrasses itself, per se–their beats are propulsive and their hooks stick–but K.R.I.T.’s everyman charisma gets lost in the bluster. It’s odd hearing a rapper with so much personality sound so purposefully generic. (AV Club)
Recently, producer Willy Will boasted about Big K.R.I.T.’s talent and crowned him SOHH Underrated.
“There’s a few artists I could name that’s out there but the dude that’s in my iPod is Big K.R.I.T. I’ve got to name Big K.R.I.T. because I’m a country dude and I’m from the South. I’m from Kentucky but I love what he’s doing. I think people tend to always gravitate toward other artists, they’re talking about Wiz Khalifa and everybody else but K.R.I.T. That’s who I’m listening to and I’m not sure how much you could call him underrated because he’s out there. That’s who my underrated guy is right now. That’s another person I would love to work with outside of the big named people, I want to go and work with Big K.R.I.T.. He’s gritty and throwback with the UGK sound. I want to go into the studio with “that” guy. I know we would make some crazy sh*t and I think he is slept on when you compare him to some of these other guys who have came up and had their chance.” (SOHH Underrated)