Big K.R.I.T. @Forecastle Festival 7/17/15 Live Review

Big K.R.I.T. is truly one of the best rap artists out right now. He showed that last night at Forecastle Festival. Putting his heart and soul into every lyric he uttered and truly speaking his mind through his music. You can’t find that at too many rap shows nowadays. He even came out a few minutes early which that has NEVER happened at a rap show I’ve been at.

You could see the fire in his eyes from the start. He drove through his whole catalog of music from old hits such as “Rotation” and “Country Shit” to new hits such as “Mt. Olympus” and “My Sub Pt.3”. With the audience jumping and flailing around and shouting the lyrics right back at him you could tell it was influencing K.R.I.T. to go harder. You could see the sweat pouring off his face and flying off of him as he jolted around the stage. I’m not for sure if it was because he was rapping his ass off or if that it was in the mid eighties with very high humidity.

Touching on every album/mixtape he has out right now, Big K.R.I.T. even added an amorous vibe to the audience with “Let Me Fuck Your Brains Out” and “Pay Attention”. Saying “I’m just trying to help y’all fellas out right now”. Over all he just seemed really comfortable on stage and delighted to be performing in the South.

There was also a guest appearance. Big K.R.I.T. brought out one the rappers he listened to growing up, Talib Kweli. Talib performed his classic song “Get By”. He was in Louisville because he was performing later that night at the Mercury Ballroom as a part of Forecastle’s late night series.

K.R.I.T. broke down near the end of the concert into “The Vent”, dedicating it to “Whoever knows someone who is going through a struggle”. He has to be one of the most humble rappers. He continuously mentioned throughout his show how grateful he was to all the fans that support him and his music. At the end of the show he ran down to the end of the gate by the stage, then walked down the entire row of metal gates and thanked everyone that was lined up, shook their hands, and took pictures with them. You could just tell how sincere the man was.

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YelaWolf @The International Knoxville, Tn 6/23/15

Yelawolf is just one of those special artists to see live. It is crazy how many music genres he can fit into one performance. I feel like anyone could go to one if his shows and bring away something they liked about it. Whether its rap, rock, or country he blends it into one big backwoods block party.

Opening with the intro track on his latest album “Love story” he immediately caught the audience hook, line, and sinker. From then on he controlled the tempo of the building, which he kept at maximum for the majority of the show. He played a majority of old hits for the first half of the show, playing tracks such as “Pop the Trunk”, “Good to Go”, and “Throw it up”. In the middle of all this Yelawolf manages to sneak in the first half of “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks, having the audience waving their hands in the air while he belted the chorus.

The only lull moment was when he talked about the nine people who were murdered in Charleston, North Carolina. He ordered lighters up and a moment of silence for them. Then continued on to condemn the actions of the shooter, Dylann Roof, but he insisted that the rebel flag was a sign of southern heritage saying “I’m not going to let some asshole represent my flag like this”.

After that things got right back to action. While performing “I Wish” off of “Trunk Muzik” Yelawolf and his guitarist, Bones Owens, broke down into “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath. It was crazy to hear such a sound. Two sounds 45 years apart, coming together and sounding so smooth and flawless.Adding the fact he plays with a live band at his shows just enhances the effect of the rock and country influences in his shows.

As the show progressed on Yelawolf began to break out more of his newer tracks including “Box Chevy 5”, “Heart Break”, “Best Friend”, and “Whiskey In a Bottle. In all he was on stage for a good two hours. In those two hours he gave it all he had, going through four microphones and two microphone stands. May those mics rest in peace.

The only negative thing I would have to mention about the show is that there were four fights I witnessed, two of which were right beside me. That made it a lot harder to pay attention the show at a couple of points. I will say that during “Box Chevy 5” one of the fights happened and with Yelawolf playing in the background it made the fight pretty epic. It looked like a movie scene almost.

For anyone who hasn’t seen this man on concert you need to. He will not leave you disappointed. I have seen him three times and none of those times I ever left disappointed.