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DOWNLOAD: Emotional Hip-Hop From Big K.R.I.T.

The Mississippi MC is one of the most compelling new rap stars in years. Check out "Hometown Hero."

“Big K.R.I.T. makes really powerful music that people should listen to,” says SPIN music editor Charles Aaron. “He raps in such a way that you really feel his life unvarnished, not cartoonishly and not as a caricature.”

That’s why the 24-year-old Mississippi MC, real name Justin Scott, landed on SPIN’s 40 Best Albums of 2010 list for his self-released, free download K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, an opus that stands up alongside other classic hip-hop albums like Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s Mecca and the Soul Brother.

This year finds K.R.I.T. (King Remembered in Time) preparing to drop another free download album March 22, called Return of 4Eva, and a major label debut on Def Jam this summer. But right now he just released an EP called The Wuz Here Sessions, a collaboration with Bay Area R&B act Grillade — and it’s for a good cause. Download “Hometown Hero” off the EP right here, and watch the video below.

LISTEN: Big K.R.I.T. & Grillade, “Hometown Hero”(DOWNLOAD MP3)

Available via Yours Truly, the vinyl version of the EP comes with handwritten letters from K.R.I.T. and Grillade, custom artwork, and digital versions of the songs — plus every $12 purchase includes a donation to the Roots of Music Foundation, which works to infuse music in the lives of youth in New Orleans. A digital-only version of the EP is also available.

“His music is so emotionally overwhelming when it hits you,” Aaron says of K.R.I.T., and “Hometown Hero” is a perfect example. A lilting guitar solo accompanies K.R.I.T.’s Southern drawl, which offers an ode to his “stomping grounds” in Meridian, Miss., and features a rousing hook sung by Grillade’s Ragen Fykes.

What do you think of “Hometown Hero”? Sound off in the comments.

WATCH: Presents: BIG K.R.I.T. & Grillade “Hometown Hero” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.