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Big K.R.I.T, Casey Veggies Bring "Live From the Underground" Tour to Seattle on July 25


On July 25, Big K.R.I.T., Casey Veggies, Big Sant and Tito Lopez bring their “Live From the Underground” Tour to Seattle. The event will be held at Neumos starting from 8 PM. Tickets are available here. The tour is the latest in Big K.R.I.T.’s revival of Southern rap, but the presence of Casey Veggies brings an interesting West coast twist to the mix of artists.

Big K.R.I.T. has largely been touted as the new face of Southern rap. The classic dominance of Californian and Northeastern rap in the general hip hop community has mistakenly given the impression that rap isn’t developed in other locales. Big K.R.I.T., short for King Remembered in Time, has been representing his Mississippi roots for several years by bringing the more traditional tough Southern sound to national prominence on the Def Jam label. Since the release of his Return to 4Eva mixtape, which received huge critical acclaim, Big K.R.I.T. has collaborated with artists from Curren$y, who hails from New Orleans, to Ludacris. His debut, Live from the Underground, was released in June and reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Top Rap and Hip Hop Billboard charts respectively. Big K.R.I.T. has also been applauded for his production; Big K.R.I.T. not only produces the majority of his own tracks on the album and the entirety of his mixtape repertoire, but also has produced for a number of other artists, including some of the artists on his tour. His most popular song, ‘Country Sh*t’, features his distinctive mix of truthful lyrics about life in the South and heavy sampling to bring both a rugged and intimate feeling to his music.

Big Sant and Tito Lopez both are natural opening acts for Big K.R.I.T.; they have worked with the star on individual tracks and hail from the South. However, Casey Veggies is an interesting stage-mate for the Mississippi rapper. A former member of Los Angeles’ Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All, Casey Veggies draws large crowds on the West coast independently. Since leaving the Odd Future collective, Casey Veggies has distinguished himself in a series of mixtapes, culminating with his Sleeping in Class album and his recent Customized Greatly Vol 3, the latest in his mixtape series. Like Big K.R.I.T., who has achieved a great deal of notoriety by age 24, Casey Veggies represents a new young generation of rappers at age 18. In fact, Casey Veggies released his first Customized Greatly at age 14 and has since collaborated with a variety of artists, from Mac Miller to Tyler the Creator. Casey Veggies’s frequent collaborations with Tyler the Creator yielded his most popular song, ‘DTA,‘ which yields a distinctively Odd Future style with its chaotic, almost discordant production and pessimistic lyrics, while staying true to Casey Veggies lyrical style, which highlights his lifestyle in Inglewood, CA with amusing plays on words. For the audience in Seattle, Casey Veggies represents a possibly more familiar West coast style which  will provide an interesting offset to the rest of the tour’s Southern frame of reference.