Big K.R.I.T. Kicks Off The Pay Attention Tour With a Bang

Anyone who lives in the southeast and claims to be a hip-hop head will know Big K.R.I.T. He doesn’t necessarily have the mainstream appeal that radio stations are looking for which may limit the exposure the public has of him, but he’s been putting out high quality, soul-filled music for a number of years now that has undeniably landed him in the company of the elite in hip-hop today. The way I look at it, if you were mentioned by Kendrick Lamar in his “Control” verse that almost shut down the internet last August, you’re a household name in the rap community and a part of a small group of individuals who will be responsible for the direction of the hip-hop genre as a whole for the foreseeable future. I don’t think K.R.I.T. takes that lightly and that is evident in the amount of time and effort he puts into creating his music – writing, recording and producing – which in turn makes a product that leaves you just wanting more. Furthermore, by staying true to his southern roots and heritage, K.R.I.T. has managed to carve out his own distinct lane in the hip-hop genre that is paralleled by none.

Now, on to the show.

Upon arriving to Amos Southend I wasn’t surprised to see the lines extending around the corner and down the road a few hundred yards. He might not be a household name yet, but Charlotteans were no stranger to Big K.R.I.T. He’s performed in the Queen City at least 3 times in the past two years or so and has yet to let anyone down. Once inside, I managed to get some primetime “seating” at the center of the stage a few rows back. There were a number of local artists that opened – including The Koolest, Stranger Day, and Charlotte’s own Elevator Jay – with DJ Dexter Dynamite on the 1’s and 2’s. If you have some time, check these guys out and give them a listen.

Next up was Two-9. Now I don’t claim to know a lot about them, but from what I gather, they’re a hip-hop collective from Atlanta, GA that is essentially a dirty south Wu-Tang Clan. I do, however, have the Danco James mixtape that Curtis Williams just dropped so I’m somewhat familiar with him. It seemed he was the lead artist of the group, as he donned a black leather jacket and some wild hair held back by a bandana – Jimmy Hendrix-esque if you will. They played to a crowd who seemed to have a mixed reaction to their music, but all in all it was pretty entertaining. I did have a chance to talk to Curtis a little after the show, but unfortunately didn’t have time to get a photo – I told him that I wanted to hear “Shenanigans” from his latest tape and he was like “aww yeah” and then did the Metro Boomin tag “Metro Boomin want some more N*gga!”.

Curtis Williams

Curtis Williams

Finally, after hours of anticipation, K.R.I.T. was set to perform. DJ DiBiase was set up at the DJ booth, whose front was now a Cadillac grille with dimly flashing purple lights. Some smoke filled the stage floor and out came Krizzle to “King Without A Crown”. All hell broke loose. The crowd was rapping word for word with K.R.I.T. and jumping up and down in unison with the beat. It felt like some kind of southern fried, soulful earthquake going on and I was in the center of it. K.R.I.T. played for close to an hour and half, doing songs from almost every project he’s dropped in the last 4 years in preparation for his upcoming album, Cadillactica (that will be dropping on November 11th of this year). I got down the majority of the set list and listed the projects they came from:

King Without a Crown (King Remembered In Time)
Country Shit (K.R.I.T. Wuz Here)
Talkin’ Bout Nothin (King Remembered In Time)
Somethin’ Right (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
New Agenda (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
Lac Lac (Week of K.R.I.T.)
Rotation (Return of 4Eva)
Riding Dirty (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
My Trunk (King Remembered In Time)
Believe Me Freestyle (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
My Sub (Return of 4Eva)
Only One (King Remembered In Time)
Temptation (4Eva N A Day)
Pay Attention (Lead Single – Cadillactica)
Mind F*ck (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
Cool To Be Southern (Live From The Underground)
Rapped some UGK “Sippin on Sizzurp”
Return of 4Eva w/ Big Sant (K.R.I.T. Wuz Here)
Made Alot w/ Big Sant (Return of 4Eva)
Pull Up w/ Big Sant (Live From The Underground)
How U Luv That w/ Big Sant (King Remembered In Time)
I Got This (Live From The Underground)
Just Last Week (King Remembered In Time)
R.E.M. (King Remembered In Time)
The Vent (Return of 4Eva)
Mt. Olympus (See Me On Top Vol. 4/Cadillactica)

From the minute Krizzle stepped on stage and the music came on, you were immersed in the sound and the feel of it all – the beats, the lights, the energy – it was more of an experience than it was a concert. It truly was an amazing show and I would highly encourage anyone with the possibility of seeing it to do so.

The Pay Attention Tour Dates

The Pay Attention Tour Dates

KRIT

KRIT

Lastly, when I did purchase my tickets, I did happen to buy one that included a VIP meet & greet after the show’s conclusion. Security wasn’t particularly thrilled with everyone hanging around after the show and limited the amount of time you had to talk to Krizzle, but I did manage to tell him that I loved his music and that he put on a great show. He was very thankful and appreciated me coming out to support him. We took a photo and before I had to go I managed to ask him if we as fans could expect Country Cousins to come anytime soon.For those who don’t know, this is a joint project with Yelawolf that has been rumored to be coming for some time now with no set release date. K.R.I.T. replied, “We’re each doing our own thing right now and we’re each in our own space, but yea we’ll definitely be putting it out at some point.” It’s not like I got a release date or anything for it, but it was more than I was expecting to hear. And now as I write this, I am genuinely excited for that project too, on top of Cadillactica.

Krizzle & Myself

Krizzle & Myself

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@ScHoolBoyQ and TDE tear down Charlotte, NC

Last night….man…..it was a wild one.

The #Oxymoron tour stopped at @AmosSouthend and doors were scheduled to open at 8pm. I got on site at about 7:30 and the line seemed like it was already about 75 yards long.

The Wait   -____-

The Wait -____-

I was thinking to myself the whole time that I wouldn’t have a good spot, wouldn’t have a good view etc. etc. Well, when I finally got into the venue at about 8:40pm (yes it took that long) I was shocked to see that I was actually going to have a solid view. I was maybe 12-15 rows back, if you can really call them rows at a GA standing rooms venue? Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised and about 20 mins later, the show began.

The first act to hit the stage was @AudioPush. I don’t know a ton about them, but I do know they’re part of @Hit-Boy’s #HS87 movement and gained some serious attention with their involvement in the group effort, All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of. They also managed to drop a solo project entitled, Come As You Are which features the track “Space Jam”, that has a feature from @LilTunechi.

Audio Push

Audio Push

They put down a solid perfomance, doing roughly 7 or so tracks. The crowd involvement and energy was extremely high, especially given the fact that this was a relatively low key opening act, leading me to believe that this might be getting a tad rowdy as the night progressed. After the end of their set, they posed for a picture with their backs to the crowd which they later posted on Instagram. I was wearing my Charlotte Hornets hat that I raised as high as possible and if you look closely enough, you can actually make me out in the crowd.

Me!!

Me!!

The next act I knew a little more about. Hailing from Long Beach, CA was Mr. Shyne Coldchain himself, @vincestaples. Vince did a number of songs from his most recent project, Shyne Coldchain 2 including “Humble” in which the crowd proceeded to chant the “F*ck You, F*ck You, F*ck You, F*ck You” along with Vince. It was around this time I got to talk a little to two friends of mine that somehow managed to find me in the crowd, @SourCaroline88 and @mkozar88. As we were saying hi and so forth, Vince decided to do a little sing-a-long with the crowd and had his DJ drop Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”. We loved it. When it ended, Vince decided to do another and this time it was Tupac’s “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”. We REALLY loved it. At this point, the turn up was happening. And there would be no going back.

Right before he left, he did play the song “Nate” which is a favorite of mine. Take a look:

After Vince left the stage, the room started buzzing with anticipation. This was because we all knew who was next: TDE’s rising star, @isaiahrashad. He came out a few minutes later to “Ronnie Drake”

He went on to do a lot of his songs from his Cilvia Demo project including “Modest” and “Brad Jordan”.

Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah Rashad

He closed it out with “RIP Kevin Miller” (which he ripped). If you watch the Ronnie Drake video and then this one, you can see the drastic change in the energy level of the crowd. It was getting WILD.

Finally, the time had come: @ScHoolBoyQ.

A chant started somewhere in the crowd, Q! Q! Q! Q! Q! and before we knew it, from somewhere behind the stage, out came @ScHoolBoyQ to “F*ck LA”.

At its conclusion, Q addressed the crowd, “Charlottttee, what the f*ck is up?!?!” The crowd was going APE at this point. Q went on to throw down an amazing setlist that inlcuded songs from Habits & Contradictions, Oxymoron and a few verses from other artists’ songs. I may have missed one here or there in the madness, but I managed to get the majority of it:

1. F*ck LA
2. Hands on the Wheel
3. What They Want
4. How We Feeling
5. Druggy Wit Hoes Again
6. Hell Of a Night
7. Collard Greens
8. Gangsta
9. Blind Threats
10. Studio
11. There He Go
12. Brand New Guy verse (A$AP Rocky)
13. Maad City cover (Kendrick Lamar)
14. Work (Remix) verse (A$AP Ferg)
15. Blessed
16. Break The Bank
17. Yay Yay
18. Man Of The Year
19. Oxymoron – encore performance

*I think “Hoover St” was in there somewhere as well.

Schoolboy

Schoolboy

Q

Q

Simply put, this show was one of the wildest shows I’ve ever been too. I could post videos on here for days, but I think the two that best illustrate how crazy it was are his cover for for Kendrick’s “m.A.A.d City” and when he performed his last song, “Man of the Year”. To set up “m.A.A.d City”, Q talked about how he got a call from Kendrick one day as K.Dot was in the process of making GKMC and that he wanted Q to drop by the studio to do some ad-libs. Q came by and while recording did his “YAK” sound. Kendrick was like “whoa, hold up, do that again”. So he did. And the rest is history.

*Disclaimer*

I do realize that there’s a solid 15-20 seconds of footage of the ceiling. For that, I apologize. If you can bear through it though, you’ll see exactly what I’m trying to get across.

I gained a lot of respect for Schoolboy Q after seeing this show. I know for a fact that the tour he’s on has been extremely draining both mentally and physically and he came to Charlotte bringing his A game. Another reason I say this is due to the fact that during the show Q stopped the music and spoke to the crowd prior to doing “Break The Bank”. He told us straight up that he was flat broke 3 years ago and considered himself a loser. He talked about how he kept trying to make music and how his friends just laughed at him. And well, the rest I managed to catch on video:

It’s no wonder that the show was sold out. Artists like these that appreciate the fans get nothing but love and support in return. That said, it was an awesome show. If you have the opportunity to see Q some time I fully encourage you to do so. It will be well worth your while. Have a good week kids, hopefully I’ll see y’all at the next show.

-@LeeroyKnievil

#BornSinner 10 out of 10

BornSinner

On June 18th a multitude of hip-hop/rap albums dropped, most notably Kanye’s “Yeezus”, Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies with the Sound off” and J. Cole’s “Born Sinner”. After giving each album ample listening time, there is no doubt in our minds who the unanimous winner was. NC’s very own, J. Cole. To be completely honest, Yeezus was giving me headaches. I’ll rip that album up here in a little while. But, back to the topic, actually forgot it…

Seriously though, Born Sinner is a complete, cohesive project that emphasizes Cole’s lyrical talents while showcasing his story telling abilities at the same damn time. Right off the bat on “Villuminati” Cole wastes no time in slicing up the track with his wordplay.

“Fake niggas get sprayed up / My verbal AK slay faggots / And I don’t mean no disrespect whenever I say faggot, okay faggot / Don’t be so sensitive
/ If you want to get fucked in the ass / That’s between you and whoever else’s dick it is / Pause, maybe that line was too far / Just a little joke to show how homophobic you are”

Obviously by now everyone has heard “Power Trip” ft. Miguel so we won’t even stop there.

Honestly there’s really no bad song on this album. Some standouts are “Forbidden Fruit” ft. Kendrick Lamar on the hook, “Crooked Smile” ft. TLC, “Let Nas Down”, “Born Sinner” ft. James Fauntleroy and if you copped the Deluxe Version, “New York Times” ft. 50 Cent & Bas and “Sparks Will Fly” ft. Jhene Aiko.

This is an album that you don’t have to worry about skipping ahead to a certain track. You can pop it in the deck and let it run. The numbers will speak for themselves as well. Cole sold nearly 300k in his first week, and increase of 80k units from the roughly 218k units that his debut album the Sideline Story sold. He was only about 30k units behind Yeezus.

J. Cole has cemented himself as a mainstay in the hip-hop/rap community with this sophomore project and he will continue to be a presence for the forseeable future.

If you haven’t already done so, please go purchase this album via iTunes, Best Buy etc and tell em Leeroy sent you.

#COLEWORLD

Triad Music Festival

Kendrick

Hello world,

Last night the city of Greensboro, NC hosted it’s Triad Music Festival and quite simply: we were blessed. The headliner of this event was none other than Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar. Never one to disappoint, Kendrick brought the heat. He came out right off the bat to “Westside, Right on Time” and from there things only got better. I do have to say for such a large crowd (I’m guessing in the 5,000 range) the crowd participation was excellent. People were standing the entire time and going word for word with K.Dot. One of the best moments in the show as far as crowd involvement goes was when Kendrick did his verse from A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin Problems”. I mean seriously, I’ve never heard more people say “GIRL, I KNOW YOU WANT DIH DICK!”. Kendrick even want back after he finished his verse and did it again, acapella with the crowd.

But by far, the best moment of the show came when Kendrick addressed the crowd and let us know we were the loudest, most turnt up crowd he’s had – i was thinkin right, i’m sure you don’t say this at any other shows – but he continued by saying that he had a special surprise for us….

and then out comes NC’s very own J. COLE

at this moment in time all hell broke loose. The crowd lost their minds, everybody started jumping up and down, screamin, standing on chairs etc. It hit the fan.

Cole performed both verses on his new single “Power Trip” and we were singing the hook in place of Miguel.

This show was definitely one for the ages. These 2 are part of the core of young rappers who will be the future of hip-hop/rap and they continue to impress me, even though I’ve seen them both 5-10 times combined.

Only lowlight of the show was when they cut alcohol sales at 9:30. I wasn’t upset bc I was driving home, but there were some PISSED individuals behind me lol. they were not allowed to Pour Up, DRANK.

Here is the entire set list as well:

Westside, Right on Time
Hol’ Up
Fuckin Problems verse
RIP Remix verse
Money Trees
Backseat Freestyle
Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe
Poetic Justice
Chapter Six
The Recipe
HiiiPower
m.A.A.d City
J. Cole – Power Trip
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Cartoons & Cereal

RIP RIP RIP RIP RIP We Just Killed the Club!!

RIP

Young Jeezy’s latest single produced by DJ Mustard, has been remixed and now features one of the hottest MC’s in the game – Kendrick Lamar. Also on the remix are YG and Chris Brown.

YG has been working extensively with the Snowman since he was featured on Jeezy’s mixtape #ItsThaWorld on “Just Got Word”. In turn, YG featured Jeezy on his mixtape Just Re’d Up 2 on the track “We Playin” produced by Cardo. Jeezy will now be the executive producer on YG’s debut album Welcome to Bompton.

The last verse by Breezy has been the subject of discussion on Hip-Hop forums around the web for his shots at Drake. He raps “Dearly departed, I bought a plane I departed / And if you started from the bottom, go on and come out the closet”. There is clearly still tension between the two since the bar fight incident that does not appear to be ending anytime soon.

“RIP (Remix)”