On Tuesday evening, Mississippi hip hop artist Big K.R.I.T. brought his 2019 ‘From The South With Love‘ Tour to a full audience at Toronto’s Opera House. Following the summer release of his fourth studio album, K.R.I.T. IZ HERE, the 33-year old MC has toured the project across much of the U.S. in previous weeks, before bringing the show to Canada.
Rapsody opened the evening with a strong stage presence – proving that she can carry her own as a MC and that she truly is a student of hip hop. During her set, the Roc Nation artist was sure to speak one-on-one with the woman in the crowd, conveying messages of woman’s empowerment as she explained, “Anything a man can do we can do just as good, if not ten times better.” Rapsody also shouted-out countless female artists and paid tribute to her biggest influence, Lauryn Hill.
Mississipi’s own Big K.R.I.T. came out to a roaring crowd and a video clip that included comedians Chico Beans and Karlous Miller. His stage was set up with a king’s crown on each side, and a video screen directly at center stage that showed music video clips and colorful caricatures of himself. Fittingly, the first song he performed at Toronto’s Opera House was “K.R.I.T. Here” – getting everyone to put their 4’s up and sing along to, “Here I go, Here I go.”
After performing other hit songs such as “I Been Waiting” and “Multi Till The Sun Die,” K.R.I.T. took some time to talk to the crowd and make sure that he was resonating with his day one fans. He closed out the segment by saying, “Every time they say I made it…We made it.” The message hyped the crowd into his next song, “I Made.”
One of the audience’s favourite moment came when K.R.I.T. took them to the “West Side of ATL” – bringing out a pole dancer to perform a variety of tricks in a two-piece aluminum outfit. Big K.R.I.T. looked intriguingly at the exotic dancer while crooning along, “I saw a ballet, at the strip club,” from his song “Blue Flame Ballet.” K.R.I.T. would later depart the stage with the dancer to prepare for a set from DJ Dibiase.
K.R.I.T.’s DJ took the show over by premiering King Part 5, “Diamond in The Bass,” an unreleased song that was also produced by Big K.R.I.T. himself. In the promotional video played on stage, the bass from the song was so present that it caused the car windows to blow out – leaving no doubt the new release will surely live up to its’ name.
A repeat Big K.R.I.T. concert-goer explains that the Opera House is a bigger venue than his previous concert, making the experience less intimate but still an enjoyable one.
Before closing out the concert, Big K.R.I.T. payed tribute to the great, late Nipsey Hussle. He moved as close to the crowd as possible while singing “I Need Your Energy,” while also reminding everyone that his name stands for “King Remember the Time.” He concluded the show by expressing his gratitude to the audience, “This is a blessing, I never take your love for granted.”
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