After months of keeping tight-lipped about his upcoming album, Big K.R.I.T. is finally ready to release his first full length major label debut Live from the Underground. In addition to his signature original production, the Mississippi rapper and producer has a number of special guest appearances in store, including a feature from R&B songstress Melanie Fiona.
The BET Music Matters artists team up for the poignant track “If I Fall,” as Melanie’s potent pipes sound wonderful over K.R.I.T.’s old soul-inspired sonic backdrop. Fans already know to set the bar high on expectations for this love ballad, in which K.R.I.T. questions the loyalty and love of a significant other as the rap newbie has made a name for himself over the past few years as a specialist in soulful and melodic hip hop songs.
As previously reported, the Def Jam debut also features a surprise collaboration with blues legend B.B. King.
"The name of the record is 'Praying Man,' and it was dope to be able to get a legend on the song," K.R.I.T. said.
"We was chillin'," K.R.I.T. shared of his time in the studio with King. "He was just telling me about his tour experiences and just music… he actually liked the song, and when I told him I was from Mississippi he was even more excited. We got in there, and he started playing on Lucille the guitar. And he played on the record, too. It was surreal."
The album is due in stores June 5.
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