Big K.R.I.T. | 11.07.15

live big-krit_smA country rapper with a band is something completely different from your average rap concert.




The Ready Room, St. Louis
w/Allen Gates, DeLorean, Scottie ATL, & BJ The Chicago Kid

Big K.R.I.T. has made it a staple to come to St. Louis and perform at the same location for the past four years. This year made it no different, as he brought his “Kritically Acclaimed” tour to St. Louis’s rising venue, the Ready Room. Following a recent mixtape release of “It’s Better This Way,” the promotion of his visit reached crazy heights. St. Louis was his second stop on this tour as he brought along people from everywhere who embodied the soul and country-ness of their hometown.

Allen Gates hails from St. Louis and performed with his fellow musicians, the Westend Crew. This was Gates’ second time opening up for Big K.R.I.T., which he revealed to be a blessing when asked about the opportunity. “For me, it means that the hard work and dedication I have put into my complete music grind is noticed.” Following this event, Gates will be completing three music projects and appearing at Blueberry Hill on November 19. His performance had the crowd yelling and cheering because of the enthusiasm he and his Westend Crew carried during their time on stage. It was more than a plus for Gates because the following act, DeLorean, made a lot less of an impact, and had one crowd member requesting him to get off stage.

DJ the funk Man Mars helmed DeLorean’s set and introduced the Houston-based rapper. Aside from his inability to draw the crowd’s enthusiasm, one thing I did like about DeLorean was his repetition of affirmations, as he told us repeatedly, “Keep going toward your dream.” He gave us a background of where he came from and how amazing of an opportunity it is to be touring with K.R.I.T.

Scottie ATL represented Atlanta to his fullest potential. He performed “Bust It Open,” a song that featured B.O.B., followed by a lot of other smooth rap songs. He had a good performance and the crowd enjoyed what he had to offer. Following his easy transition from exciting rap music, BJ the Chicago Kid continued to slow down the mood.

BJ the Chicago kid came out singing as soon as he touched the stage. There was no introduction, but everybody knew already. He delivered a segment of songs on which he had appeared, including Chance the Rapper’s “Everybody’s Something” and “His Pain” featuring Kendrick Lamar—before he became The Kendrick Lamar we all look up to today. BJ called “His Pain” the premier song that made him BJ The Chicago Kid, kick-starting his career as a phenomenal singer. His performance was incredible and had everybody in the crowd singing all the words. He even gave us entire verses from songs in which he’d only played the hook, with the crowd happily delivering the lyrics.

Aftre a 20-minute intermission, Big K.R.I.T.’s band came out with a pianist, guitarist, and drummer. A country rapper with a band is something completely different from your average rap concert, so you can imagine the shock I felt. He told us a story about a god and a goddess, and performed a majority of his old tracks from the Cadillactica album. I guess the mixtape he recently dropped was a venture into new depths of creativity, but he didn’t know the material well enough to perform it. His DJ, DJ Dibiase, performed on top of a Cadillac face symbolizing the importance of Cadillacs to the Texan community, which is what he mentioned several times during his concert.

Overall, the concert was an amazing time. Each artist got to represent his hometown to a crowd of enthusiastic hip-hop heads, and gather energy from the room. The Ready Room was packed with people socializing, vibing, and enjoying themselves, a beautiful spectacle to take part in. Big K.R.I.T. is sure to return to St. Louis before long, and I’m certain his performance will only continue to get better. | Alexy Irving

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