I'm one of those. Those people who bemoan the state of rap and can't stand the proliferation of it coming from the "Dirty South." If it's not from a group called OutKast, it's not my taste. So I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the newest from the self professed "King of the South" Big K.R.I.T. and enjoyed some of it. It's a surprisingly diverse record, with interesting cameos (E-40, Raphael Saadiq, Devin the Dude) and it shows some true ambition. Is it for everyone? Hardly. And it does suffer at times from the parts of southern rap that I can't stand, but Big K.R.I.T. shows some surprising range and his fans should really enjoy this. It may not be my type of music, but I can appreciate craft and while I think the overwhelming praise from critics feels a little inflated, it's not a bad LP and one of the better rap records to come out in this surprisingly lackluster year.