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.