Big K.R.I.T. was everywhere this year, and deservedly so. His mixtape Return of 4Eva was so good it's tough to give it the label of a mixtape considering it was better than several full length hip-hop records I heard this year. But as good as KRIT's records are it is in the live setting where he really shines. Many artists can make a good hip-hop record but as I've come to learn only a small portion of them can translate it in a live setting. I think I saw KRIT no less than 5 times this year, 3 at SXSW and 2 in Nashville. I was also lucky enough to meet the guy, and I can attest to the fact that he is a genuinely humble and awesome person. His southern-fried rhymes have something for everyone, ranging from party-centric to introspective. Check out a couple of videos I shot at his amazing show at Mercy Lounge, definitely the best hip-hop show I saw of the year. All of his shows were great but this one was truly one to remember. I think we're going to be hearing a lot from KRIT in the coming years.
So concludes part 1, I'll be back with numbers 1-5 as well as some honorable mentions in the next few days. Cheers to live music and all that 2012 will bring!