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In our weekly “The Rap-Up,” we take a look at an emerging artist getting a big showcase for his mixtape material, an energetic band hitting the road and an established rap troupe getting new life by not necessarily practicing what it preaches -- read on for the weekly Rap-Up list.

Big K.R.I.T. Goes Legit

On June 7, fans who have been scooping up Big K.R.I.T.’s self-produced “Return of 4 Eva” mixtape will have the opportunity to support the rising rapper when select cuts from the release will become available on iTunes.

There are differently versions of certain songs available (like versions of “Time Machine” with and without Chamillionaire, for instance), but the cuts reportedly available on iTunes will be heavy on guests, including David Banner, Ludacris, Bun B, Devin The Due and Curren$y, among others.

The Mississippi rapper’s studio album “R4 The Prequel” is slated to arrive later this year, but for the time being, K.R.I.T. getting his music on iTunes makes his ascent all the more official. K.R.I.T. (short for King Remembered In Time) has the talent, potential and momentum to become one of rap’s next stars. Don’t be late to the party.

A ¡Mayday! That’s “Not That Serious”

Florida outfit ¡Mayday! has been making major underground moves since 2006, all of which culminated on the crew signing with Tech N9ne’s Strange Music roster earlier this year. The group’s innovative covers and original material, as well as its potent live show, should serve the group well during its appearances on the Tech N9ne-headlined “All 6’s and 7’s Tour.”

¡Mayday! joins the tour May 26 at The Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Washington, and will be on the road until August 6, when they wrap up their itinerary at Pop’s in Sauget, Illinois. Signing with Strange Music was a perfect move for ¡Mayday!, who excel in the live arena.

Before you check them out on the road, check out Davincci featuring Wrekonize and Bernz of ¡Mayday!’s “It’s Not That Serious” video. It contains some campy portrayals of cops, a la the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” which never gets old.

Longevity’s Understated “Tantrum”

Much has been said of the flow of modern-day rappers, that their flows are too boring and too static, that they’re not challenging enough. Anyone who agrees with such criticism should check Longevity’s “Tantrum” single.

A member of the revered California-based hip-hop collective Project Blowed, the rapper flows effortlessly regardless of speed and rhyme pattern over producer Peyote Cody’s mid-tempo, drum-driven soundbed.

But for a song called “Tantrum,” the music and Longevity’s flow are decidedly understated. Maybe that’s part of what makes the song so appealing. After all, as Longevity implies in the chorus, he’s leaving the chaos-inducing behavior up to you and yours. Please party responsibly.


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