Tha Joker has been steadily grinding alongside producer, Big Fruit, for some time now. The  two southerners first linked up in 2006, when Joker joined Big Fruit's independent label. Although the two have since parted ways label-wise, they have remained frequent collaborators. The chemistry between the two is obvious on any Big Fruit record that Tha Joker hops on. 

Tha Joker has released mixtape after mixtape, and his most recent effort, The Explanation, shows his growth and maturity as an artist. The Explanation, of course, featured production from Big Fruit, and we thought the two worked so well together that we had to line them up for a feature on Track Breakdown (formerly known as In The Cut). The track we chose to breakdown this week was a stand-out cut from the mixtape, and also the title track, "The Explanation." It sets the pace for what's to come on the rest of the project, and as well as serves an introduction to Tha Joker for new fans. All this, over banging production from Big Fruit, which has a distinct southern flavor.

Check out both sides of the story on how "The Explanation" came together by clicking through the gallery above.

If you have yet to hear "The Explanation," click play below. Cop the mixtape in it's entirety here.