Country rap tunes meet Texas-tinged, bluesy rock on this Big K.R.I.T.-helmed remix of Gary Clark Jr.’s “Blak and Blu.” The single is from his upcoming Blak and Blu: The Mixtape and the artist pairing more than makes sense; both K.R.I.T. and Clark are, within their respective genres, dedicated nostalgics with an ear for updating classic sound. Furthermore, they have the chops to make that update work. Here K.R.I.T. taps into his inspirational OutKast-fueled side with some wizened, no-nonsense words about embracing life’s pains alongside its triumphs. His inspirational cues come through when he raps: “I know what you’re going through/ No need to be shy about it/ Ain’t none of us brand new/ Don’t let the world brand you,” followed by the declarative, “You got to knuckle up, knuck and buck, shake your dreads.” While the release date for the “remixtape” is yet to be announced, it has been revealed that the tape will feature apperances from Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Talib Kweli.
Stream “Blak and Blu” below: