Almost a decade ago Big K.R.I.T. was mentioned in the same breath as Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Drake, Joey Badass, and Big Sean as one of the leaders of the new generation of Hip Hop. Big K.R.I.T. highly praised mixtapes set even higher expectations once it was announced he signed with Def Jam in hopes to compete for Hip Hop supremacy. However; after his first major release “Live From The Underground” had a lukewarm response followed by the departure from Def Jam, The King Remembered In Time sat on the sidelines almost forgotten as both respected and less talented artist surpassed him.  K.R.I.T. later dropped independent projects and mixtapes but none seemed to capture the same magic as prior masterpieces “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” and “Return of 4eva.” All seemed lost and K.R.I.T was well on his way to becoming a best-that-might-have-been-MC who comes up in convos only at local open mics. After taking a few years to collect himself the Mississippi MC/producer once called the “Down south Kanye” has returned with his newest release “4eva Is A Mighty Long Time” with the intention to be respected as an elite artist for the culture. So here are 5 reasons why Big K.R.I.T. deserves a second chance…..

 

5) Lyrics…

 

Because of his Mississippi roots, Big K.R.I.T was unfairly compared to Hip Hop political general David Banner. Although Mr. Banner does also produce his own tracks he was never lyrically a competitor unlike Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time is a definite testament to his(KRIT) lyrical unique storytelling ability and passionate rhymes that sound like controlled emotional outburst. Tracks like “Aux Cord” and “Confetti” are examples of clear unique rhyme flows that smoothly sound like a conversation and paint vivid pictures with a high-quality narration.

 

4) Production….

 

Big K.R.I.T. is also an underrated producer whom often doesn’t get enough credit for being a do-it-all type artist. On 4eva Is A Mighty long Time he brings in legendary greats like Organized Noise and Mannie Fresh to add great diversity in sound on the album. K.R.I.T. has always delivered beats that are built for stripper poles and classic car rides with loudspeakers. 1999 ft Lloyd has a southern bass effect that makes one want to candy paint their soccer mom van and lace it with shiny spinning rims. “Ride Wit Me” has the sippin syrup groove that makes any automobile drive two miles an hour so everybody sees you with a head nod bounce at the red light.

 

3) Skits…

 

In the not so distant past Golden Era, Hip Hop artist used to bless fans with skits in between their tracks. Some skits were just as if not more memorable than the albums they were on. 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time has some notable audio sketches like “Classic” that uses humor to speak to today’s social media type fan.

 

2) Church…

 

Whether directly of indirectly  Hip Hop artist have always poured their spiritual woes into their art. Big K.R.I.T  is no exception, whether it’s the instrumental choir soundtrack “Justin Scott” that plays like a street classical music composition or “Keep the Devil off” that comes off like the final scripture bar dropped by a sweaty southern preacher. “Bury Me In God” is Big K.R.I.T almost giving his own heartfelt spiritual eulogy about the love for the culture but displeasure in the industry with a live band playing in the background that perfectly blends the rhymes and instruments.

 

1) Dopeness…

 

4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time is not a classic but it’s dope. Dope like numb your mouth up dope. Dope like fired from your job because you tested positive dope. Dope like two pancakes with melted butter and your Aunt’s homemade strawberry syrup dope. Dope like a Rick James party in the 80s dope. Dope like worth the buy so don’t bootleg dope.

 

Only the future knows if 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time will finally be the Big K.R.I.T. album that places him among today’s Hip Hop elite conversation but it’s a hell of a start, better yet a dope ass one.

 

 

J.Hall

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