— Southern lyricist, Big K.R.I.T., has announced the release of his fourth studio album, given us an official release date, and has dropped the album’s first single, “K.R.I.T. Iz Here”.

Back in 2010, Big K.R.I.T. dropped his breakout mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, to critical acclaim and was instantly placed on the radar of many avid underground Hip-Hop fans. Now, 9 years later, Big K.R.I.T. has announced that his next studio album will be titled K.R.I.T. Iz Here.

K.R.I.T. Iz Here will be Big K.R.I.T.’s first album since his 2017 double LP, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, but it seems that this will be well worth the wait. Not only will the album’s source of inspiration encourage Big K.R.I.T. to bring his A-game, but he’s already given us a glimpse of what we can expect with his first single, “K.R.I.T. Here”.

The Camper-produced single plays perfectly to K.R.I.T.’s southern roots with smooth Gospel-like background vocals and instrumentation. As far as the lyrics go, K.R.I.T. declares his official arrival as he discusses topics like self-elevation and appreciation, independence, and more.

K.R.I.T. Iz Here is set to drop on June 12th. Until then, check out the cover art, created by Mihailo, Steven Othello, and Sig, as well as the full “K.R.I.T. Here” track, above.

While he’s no stranger to the game, Atlanta-raised artist ELHAE seems to slip under the radar from time-to-time.

Now, Atlantic Records‘ pride and joy returns with a low-key R&B gem Trouble in Paradise, which sees an unsurpassed blend of rap, soul and gospel, all while taking a turn from the dejected ELHAE you thought you once knew following his breakthrough single “Needs” in 2016.

Born Jamaal Jones, ELHAE is doubtlessly, an upcoming talent you need to watch, resonating the likes of Yotrane, Eric Bellinger and Arin Ray, to name a few, though hard-hitting with his unique spin on the genre; revealing a personal sound just as sultry as it is stark.

Trouble in Paradise, the more upbeat and fresh successive chapter to Aura II (2017), not only sees ELHAE set the mood with his amorous vocals and deep-diving lyrics, but also takes us through both the perils and joys of having an on-and-off relationship (“Hennessy“), finding faith (“Help Me Believe“), giving praise (“Sanctuary“) and all else in-between.

If you’ve been looking for artists to add to your late night drive playlist for when you’re cruising close to midnight with the windows rolled down, the speakers turned up and it’s just you, your deep thoughts and the music – well, ELHAE is sure to top the list.

The alternative R&B album features WaleBig K.R.I.T., O.T. Genasis, and Sevyn Streeter.

Listen below.

As far as spitters go, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T hold it down for the south. They do especially well together as you may recall from K.R.I.T’s “Moon and Stars (Remix)” or Wiz Khalifa’s “Glass House”. So, you can only imagine what we’ll get from a complete collaborative project from the two.

As a matter of fact, if the two artists stick to their word, we won’t have to settle for imagining it. We’ll actually get the chance to smoke out in our Lacs and Chevys to their project dedicated to just that.

And so the project was born….. “Lacs n Chevys”

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As of right now, Lacs N Chevys has no release date, but with Curren$y dropping at least one project a month for the past 12 months (2 in April 2016 – Revolver and Bourbon Street Secrets) we may be able to expect it as soon as February. On the other hand, Big K.R.I.T is typically more selective about when, how, and how often he drops his music. Nonetheless, both have an insane work ethic and the ability to quickly produce quality music. With all things considered, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but likely not for long.

Written By DJ Robinson