12. Big KRIT
Label: Def Jam
From: Meridian, Mississippi
Active Since: 2005
Best Known Song: "Country Shit (remix)" feat. Ludacris & Bun B
As soon as Big K.R.I.T. dropped his debut album, Live from the Underground, he immediately solidified the reputation that he'd been developing since first venturing onto the mixtape circuit in 2005. K.R.I.T is one of the most original artists in the game, and few-if any-rappers can touch his skills on either the mic or the boards.
He blessed his fans with three mixtapes-K.R.I.T Wuz Here, Return of 4Eva and 4Eva N a Day-that sounded more like full albums than free mixtapes. With four impressive projects under his belt, he's established himself as a career artist who promises to give us more music for man years to come-all while maintaining his distinctive swag.