K.R.I.T.‘s “Mt. Olympus” is Better Than “Control”, Why Aren’t We Talking About It?
It's rap game "Hunger Games" time. After all the fake, untalented, label puppets have collapsed the foundation of the hip-hop is thrown into pure and utter chaos; let's call it the rapocalypse. Now, in an effort to rebuild our once powerful, bustling civilization, each hip-hop fan must stand behind and fight for one emcee and one emcee only. This emcee should be the one who you would shed blood floor. They must embody everything you love about hip-hop and are everything you want an emcee to be. They must embody the values and principles you feel most strongly about when it comes to rap. For them, you would march into battle and kill for them to be at the top. So, who will you stand behind?
Hopefully, there is no rapocalypse on the horizon, but the question still remains. If you could pick one emcee who best represents what you want hip-hop to be and why you love it, who would it be? RefinedHype's choice is clear; our official pick is the one and only Big K.R.I.T. That might have been a little bit too dramatic of an intro, but you'll understand if you check out his new video single "Mt. Olympus"; this song is fucking epic. Hyperbole aside, Krizzle really is our pick.
We try very hard to ignore the "check out this new song" posts (as tempting as they may be), which is perhaps why we didn't post this when it dropped a little over a week ago. I really wanted to talk about it, but couldn't figure out how. However, now that the video is out and I took a few more listens, it reminded me of just how dope K.R.I.T, and also, how fucking underrated he is; especially when you scope this effort around the illustrious "Control" verse.
If you can remember way back to last summer, when Kendrick dropped the bomb, we all wanted each and every artist to do a "Control" response. The thing I never understood about "Control" is why it was considered a diss. Nobody was really insulted "ether" style, but instead Kendrick was doing a call to arms, encouraging every emcee to really bring it and raise the bar. We heard a few freestyles and response here and there, but nobody even came close to touching Kendrick. But now, 106 days later, we have the best verse (well...verses) sinc,e and the only response (that isn't really a response) that matters.
It's not exactly a direct response, but KRIT does mention it in the verse, calling it "an ugly bitch that everybody done fucked raw" and ending the incendiary effort bluntly "Check it, fuck a Control". For most of the track, however, he does exactly want Kendrick wanted, he raises the bar and you know what? He did it angrier, better and with more fire than Kendrick; he also took more shots at the industry (like the one below). This is the best display of sheer rapping ability since "Control", so why is nobody talking about it like the did with Kendrick?
Like one of these days I'm gonna be a rapper
But all my verses gonna be borrowed
So I'ma take from all these Southern artists
That mainstream never heard of
Recycle all of they lingo
And make sure I screw my words up
Bravo for your swagger-jackin'
I'm overwhelmed by your dedication
You actually fooled these people into thinkin'
That your music was innovative
It's because K.R.I.T is the single most underrated emcee in the game today. Admittedly, I have gone through periods where I slept on him. However, each and every time I come back to him there is this newfound appreciation which, of course, has dashes of shame for ever sleeping on him at all. Honestly, I think you would be hard pressed to find a more consistent emcee than him. Perhaps he doesn't get the credit that he deserves because the quality of his music so is high that it almost becomes expected. Just imagine what would happen on Hot 97, if Kendrick dropped "Mt. Olympus", Krit Wuz Here or even King Remembered In Time.
I am not trying to compare K.R.I.T and Kendrick (nor am I saying he is better) but on the short list of emcees who can run with Kendrick K.R.I.T is up there, but he doesn't get the credit he deserves. That second verse is flawless, the beat (also made by KRIT mind you) is incredible and it has given me goosebumps every time. This is the song of the year so far, but you wouldn't know it by checking the radio or Twitter, and that is all the evidence you need that KRIT is criminally underrated. We've ben clamoring for a proper "Control" response and now that we finally have one, people are still sleeping. What more does this guy have to do?
I made some pretty bold statements here, but I stand behind each and every one of them. As I said in the beginning RefinedHype stands behind K.R.I.T 100% and Mt. Olympus is the exact reason why. I don't need him to get credit to know how dope he is, but it would be nice to see him get it; nobody deserves it more.
Bring on the rapocalypse
(A Note from Nathan S. - When I was training for the half-marathon I'd go on these two hour runs, and pretty quickly I just resorted to listening to K.R.I.T. albums the entire time. I completely and totally back this call, Krizza is my "Hunger Games" pick.)
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net and RefinedHype. He does not have a beard. You can tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @Lgarrison88.]