A multitude of artists have worn the hat of rapper/producer, but rarely does that multitasking methodology guarantee outstanding results. An exception to the rule is Big K.R.I.T.'s path, who after years of lingering in Mississippi's underground scene broke through on the self-produced mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.

Featuring country-fried soundscapes and a bombastic lyrical approach reminiscent of the late Pimp C, K.R.I.T.'s mixtape stood head and shoulders above his earlier work. From the inspirational musings of "Hometown" to the funkdafied boom found on "Just Touched Down," the songs were imbued with an irresistible soulfulness. The guests—Big Sant, Curren$y, Devin the Dude, Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa—were tastefully chosen, but Krizzle easily held his own throughout the project, displaying a lyrical dexterity that far outweighed many of his Southern peers.

Big K.R.I.T. has built up his resume since K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, but this will forever loom large as a career-defining project. —Edwin Ortiz