Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and groundbreaking indie hip hop star—and fellow Mississippian—Big K.R.I.T. are premiering the video for their trailblazing collaboration on the remixed track, Another Life Goes By (Mississippi Mix). The cutting-edge song blends blues with rap to address racial injustice, while the video intercuts more than 50 years of protest footage with eye-opening evidence showing why the struggle must carry on today. The video was created and directed by noted filmmaker and photographer Ricardo Betancourt, who is known for the visceral power of his visual work, with an aim to heal through moving images.
According to Kingfish, “Being raised in Mississippi and living with both the joy and difficulty of growing up Black in America, this is a very personal track for me. The message in Another Life Goes By speaks to contemporary issues many people face. For K.R.I.T. to add his Southern flavor, further cementing the deep meaning of the song, is really special. I appreciate him joining me on this one.”
The remixed track (produced, mixed and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Tom Hambridge), with K.R.I.T. adding a captivating rap to Kingfish’s passionate vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, seamlessly blends hip hop’s raw urgency with the timelessness of the blues.
The track has received widespread airplay across the globe, from New York’s WFUV to Dallas’ KXT to BBC2 in England. The song was one of the Most Added Singles on the North American College And Community (NACC) Hip Hop Chart in its debut week. Since the track’s release, Kingfish’s Spotify listenership has risen by an astounding 50%.
The pairing with Big K.R.I.T. was organic, as both artists share their Mississippi upbringings with similar musical tastes and a fanbase that is committed to both artists. Of Kingfish’s musicianship, No Depression says, “Ingram has no fear. His music transcends. [This is] the unveiling of a new and innovative path alongside a well-traveled Delta highway.” XXL magazine declares K.R.I.T. “One of the most lauded Southern poets of his generation…one of Rap’s most resilient M.C.’s.”