Throughout December, Hustlegrade will be publishing album reviews daily!
We kicked off our year end album reviews with a week long series focused exclusively on Big K.R.I.T.'s latest release "4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time".
In case you are just joining us, parts one through four of our "4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time" review series are ALL must reads and come with a huge thanks to some of our favorite writers; D Juan Walton, Joe Coad II, Bradford J. Howard and Ronnie Harris. There was no better way to begin closing out the all Big K.R.I.T. everything portion of our year end wrap up than with Hustlegrade's own resident K.R.I.T. stans; Kels (read her review, here) and Merique.
Merique King, our latest and our greatest, our latest, our greatest addition, is up to bat with the final review of "4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time". Merique's love and knowledge for music are abounding and one of a kind, we promise you'll love everything about her, just like we do! Don't take our word for it though, keep reading and see for yourself!
Who Gon' Talk About Life?
It had been a while since we last heard from Mississippi's own Big K.R.I.T. We knew he was flourishing but where was the music? After a tumultuous relationship with his label Def Jam ends, K.R.I.T leveled up on us and introduced the world to his new record label, Multi Alumni. With this limitless creative control, the excitement for his next project continued to heat up. On October 27th, the rapper gives us a 3rd studio album "4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time" and quite honestly, his best piece of work yet. Big K.R.I.T has always been pegged as the underdog. "Slept on" is what they call it. Krizzle has been working his way out of the "slept on" label for some years but this album may just solidify that he is free. With this refreshing and new control over his career, we are witnessing the evolution of an artist as he shares his growth and vulnerable moments throughout his journey. The rapper opens up about his insecurities and travesties in the rap game as well as acknowledging his destructive vices.
"4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time", gives us two sides to the rapper. On the first side of the album titled "Big K.R.I.T", He stays true to his roots and his style with the bass dripping beats and southern rap grit. In "Confetti", his opening and 1st single off the album, he's clearly stating his intentions when he boasts " Got the win I want the record N**gga". K.R.I.T is in great company on this project with features such as T.I, Lloyd, UGK, Cee Lo, and Jill Scott. Despite the heavy collaborations, K.R.I.T manages to stay at the fore front of each record and hold his own. "Subenstein" stay's true to his legendary "My Sub" series throughout each project.
It has never been easy to pinpoint which part of the south K.R.I.T gets most of his inspiration from but on this album, you accept that he has been so heavily influenced by all parts. Texas, New Orleans, Atlanta and of course his hometown of Mississippi. While staying true to his signature sound, K.R.I.T finds balance as he not only upgrades his production as well his production team, but he introduces us to Justin Scott.
The rapper's government name also doubles as the title of the second half of his album. In this second half, we learn the reality of just what he has experienced to get to the place he is in now. This second side introduces us to a more candid and vulnerable Scott. His powerful delivery gives the tone to his story through each track as he engulfs us on a spiritual awakening on " Keep the devil off" or when he tells us of the levels to love on Higher Calling with Queen Jill Scott crooning on the hook. If you have been following his music then you are no stranger to his complexes with industry pressure as well as personal conflicts. On " Price of fame" and " Drinking sessions", K.R.I.T reflects on his beginning years on the game and the direction it is going in now.
He is officially in the next phase of his career if he can make records reflecting and giving out game. It's refreshing to hear such a new perspective from K.R.I.T. This album reminds us of his promise to this game. Each project has been better that the one before it and this carry's the tradition of growth. This is where the " In time" in his name stands in its truth. From his personal journey to his artistic ones, his solid body of work and has always provided testimony but we have reached a different level of maturity with K.R.I.T that we are privileged as fans watch blossom. If you haven't done it yet, GO GET THE ALBUM! Listen to it, whip test it, give it as a gift just share it. It is worth it.
We have one more review left for "4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time" from our Hustlegrade staff followed by an album review each and every day. Meet us back here tomorrow! Same hustle time, same hustle channel!