Songs of the Year-Praying Man by Big K.R.I.T. featuring B.B. King
The same core of hip hop listeners who hear ignorance in all southern rappers vocal inflections respect B.B. King for the legend he is. So that group was the only group shocked by this team. K.R.I.T. has always been fearlessly southern with songs declaring his heritage; on this one(off his label debut Live from the Underground) he develops the theme better than ever before. From the onset of gospel singing and guitar, B.B. King sets the table with a softly sung chorus that’s irreplaceable. By putting slavery stories on record from multiple perspectives K.R.I.T. gets to remind us that Mississippi is not just about the blues, slavery isn’t a footnote in history class. It informs the way we are as a nation, right now. Listen to this song before you start talking about us existing in a post-racial anything.