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  • Summary: The Mississippi-born rapper's debut studio album was delayed from its original release in the fall of 2011 due to legal issues. The 16 track release features guest appearances by such artists as Bun B, B.B. King, Devin the Dude, Melanie Fiona, and Ludacris.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 91
    Live From the Underground is the best distillation of the South since OutKast's rule-rewriting heyday.
  2. Jun 20, 2012
    All things considered, Young Krizzle delivers.
  3. Jun 1, 2012
    Ultimately, Live From the Underground may not be K.R.I.T.'s best album yet, for more that'd be ReturnOf4Eva, but that's like saying Michael Jordan's fourth championship was the "best" of his six titles.
  4. Aug 22, 2012
    After listening to Live from the Underground in its entirety, you'll notice the album's cohesiveness and Southern harmony. [#253, p.88]
  5. As major label rap debut albums go, Live from the Underground is a relative anomaly in that the artist seems to have escaped with most of his integrity intact.
  6. Jun 5, 2012
    As on his mixtapes, this lovable throwback evokes his down-home life and day-to-day grind over the playacadillistic grooves of vintage Outkast and UGK.
  7. It breaks very little new ground--which does have the upside of the songs sounding catchy because you feel like you've heard it all before.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 6, 2012
    Simply incredible. I haven't heard an album with this amount replay value in a real long time, and that goes across all genres. This masterful debut reminds me of other notable first albums by rap artists, like Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Notorious B.I.G's Ready To Die, the effort displayed on this record by K.R.I.T is irrefutable, and a testament to the fact that there isn't harder working rapper in the game. This record goes into my collection alongside all of my other rap favorites, and will definitely come to define my Summer. 10/10 because I wish all of my favorite rap artists put out music on this level. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2012
    Best album of Early 2012. Pros: Good production. Good features. Even though he doesn't work with famous artists, he makes up for that. He is one of the best rappers/producers of 2012 (him and Hit-boy). This should have sold at least about 350,000 in the first week. SO UNDERRATED! Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2012
    K.R.I.T. has crafted a stunning major label debut, packed with his signature southern flavor and soul. There are no duds on this album, only songs waiting to be fully appreciated once you realize that K.R.I.T. is the future of hip hop, one that will leave an unforgettable presence in the rap industry. If you are looking for the solution to the recent decline of hip-hop in this generation, look no further than the king remembered in time. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2012
    The highly anticipated major label debut from Big K.R.I.T. is truly a candidate for 2012 Album of the Year so far. There's a lot to be said for K.R.I.T., who actually almost gave up on music a few years back, and thank god he didn't. He brings charisma, heartfelt lyrics, and a southern accent to the rap game, a rap game that needs more albums like this hitting the market. The album does have it's flaws, it actually does get off to a slow start, up until "What U Mean", a cut from the album with hypnotic production and a perfect guest appearance from Ludacris. From then on, the album is a true to heart, and personal exploration into the mind of Krizzle, as some may call him. Live from the Underground is an album that the game deserves, and one that it needed. Expand
  5. Mar 30, 2013
    the beats are great, but need less poppy sounds at times. the first few songs are gold, while the last few are hit or miss. only listen if you're a fan of krit Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2014
    It's a very solid album. I found the production to be particularly impressive. I agree with another reviewer, however, in that I feel as if I've heard much of this before. For most, if not all, of this album Big K.R.I.T. does not push limits or attempt to be that creative. He's clearly talented, though. ~ 7.6/10

    Best track: "If I Fall": This song had the only emotional moments of the entire album. The message has been spoken a hundred times before, but it still came off as genuine.
  7. Aug 1, 2012
    I tried to enjoy LFTU, but I found it very forgettable and boring. Big KRIT is a talented rapper, but the hooks were too repetitive and nothing really stood out to me.
    I'll still check out his next album, like I said, he is a talented rapper.

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