Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso, is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn
Just two years after releasing his third album 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, rapper Big K.R.I.T. returns with his highly anticipated project K.R.I.T. IZ HERE. On one of the album's standout tracks, K.R.I.T. teams up with friend and fellow southern rapper J. Cole as they trade bars on "Prove It."
Cole has given his fans quite an impressive feature run since 2018 after hopping on tracks with artists such as Jay Rock, 6LACK, Ari Lennox, and Young Thug, now he's adding Big K.R.I.T. to his list of collaborations. Let's just say, Cole is batting 1.000 on every single feature and he's showing no signs of slowing down. Cole uses "Prove It" to tell about his fandom for K.R.I.T. and his appreciation for one of his biggest supporters.
K.R.I.T. IZ HERE comes as a sequel to Big K.R.I.T.'s 2010 mixtape K.R.I.T. WUZ HERE, proving the growth of his craft since his underground days. K.R.I.T. and Cole both started their early careers during the mixtape era, and this track showcases how two young veterans have elevated their artistry. If this weekend calls for some new hip-hop, put Big K.R.I.T.'s "Prove It" in the rotation and check out this week's pertinent reading material:
Dreamville's 'Revenge Of The Dreamers 3': Artists Share Their Memories - VIBE
Dev Hynes on His New Blood Orange Mixtape and Mariah Carey's Otherworldly Genius - Vulture
In the Summer of 1989 "Fight the Power" Saved Public Enemy & Almost Sank 'Do the Right Thing' - Okayplayer
Run-DMC and Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' turns 33 this July 4. The changes it made are still reverberating through the music industry - The Undefeated
After 25 Years, Essence Fest Is More Family Reunion Than Music Festival - Billboard
Mya Singleton a.k.a. Mya Melody is a music writer hailing from the Bay Area. As the current music editor for TSFJ, think of her as the playlist virtuoso or the audio aficionado for sports fans everywhere. Although music is her first love, she occasionally partakes in any argument regarding the NBA. She's a huge Kobe Bryant fan who's still upset Chris Paul never became a Laker. To this day, Hardball is one of the saddest movies she's ever watched, R.I.P. G-Baby! Follow her as she navigates to change the face of music journalism and remember, a wise philosopher once said, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."