ALBUM REVIEWS: The Roots, Big K.R.I.T.

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The Roots

How I Got Over

Street Date: 06.22.10

AMAZON | INSOUND | ITUNES

Giveaway: How I Got Over on Vinyl and CD

The idea of an album being a grower – one that doesn’t strike you on first listen, but worms its way into your subconscious with every subsequent spin – is an overused trope. More often than not, I find it to be a half-assed attempt to explain away a mediocre album. “It’s a grower,” they say, meaning, “It’s just not that good.” Every now and then, though, an album that truly needs some time to blossom will come along. These are the albums that stick with you like a good friend, the albums that keep their complexities in reserve, revealing them across the course of weeks and months rather than seconds and minutes. You can probably predict the next sentence of this review. You guessed it: The Roots’ How I Got Over is a real grower. (Continue Reading)

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Big K.R.I.T.

K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

Street Date: 07.13.10

ITUNES

Big K.R.I.T., ladies and gentlemen, is the prototype for modern hip hop prodigies. He’s the new model, the future of the genre. Not musically, per se – there are other up-and-coming rappers that are probably safer bets – but construction-wise. Big K.R.I.T. is a southern rap everyman who does, well, everything. (Continue Reading)