ALBUM REVIEW: Big K.R.I.T – ‘4eva Is A Mighty Long Time’

L2wLRzO3.jpgThe influx of album releases continued in late October with Southern rapper Big K.R.I.T dropping his third studio album, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time.

Born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi, ‘K.R.I.T’ (born – Justin Scott) has been a well-known figure in the rap community for quite some time. He earned a spot on XXL Magazine’s 2011 “Freshman Class”, alongside some major talents that year such as Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, YG and Meek Mill.

However for most of his career, K.R.I.T has been just ‘OK’. His previous three projects weren’t anything to write home about, but to his credit he has managed to remain relevant by collabing with high-profile artists along with a likeable persona.

Despite not completely delivering on his first trio of projects, there’s been noticeable hype surrounding 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. This is a two-disc album, with K.R.I.T exposing more of his classic southern-rap sound in part one, with a much softer and gospel-like sound in part two. In total, this is a very lengthy with 22-tracks (20 full-length), totalling 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Track Listing

Disc 1

  1. Big K.R.I.T
  2. Confetti
  3. Big Bank (feat. T.I.)
  4. Subenstein (My Sub IV)
  5. 1999 (feat. Lloyd)
  6. Ride Wit Me (feat. Bun B and Pimp C)
  7. Get Up 2 Come Down (feat. CeeLo Green and Sleepy Brown)
  8. Layup
  9. Classic Interlude
  10. Aux Cord
  11. Get Away

Disc 2

  1. Justin Scott
  2. Mixed Messages
  3. Keep The devil Off
  4. Miss Georgia Fornia (feat. Joi)
  5. Everlasting
  6. Higher Calling (feat. Jill Scott)
  7. Weekend Interlude
  8. Price of Fame
  9. Drinking Sessions (feat. Keyon Harrold)
  10. The Light (feat. Bilal, Robert Glasper Jr., Kenneth Whalum, Burniss Earl Travis II)
  11. Bury Me In Gold

Review

@mikemccareins

7/10

Fav Tracks: Confetti, Keep The devil Off, Big Bank, Big K.R.I.T, Subenstein, Drinking Sessions

Similarly to many recently-released rap albums, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time began with some really good tracks right from the intro. ‘Big K.R.I.T’, has a beautiful instrumental, and paired with K.R.I.T’s preacher-like message in the first half of the track is a really soothing way to open the project.

‘Confetti’, was an instant banger right when it came on shuffle with its fire instrumental and diverse array of sounds. The switch-up in the beat halfway through was sleek as hell, and K.R.I.T rode the dark, slow beat really well.

Initially, I was hesitant with the length of the project and didn’t love the idea of two discs, but I’ve begun to appreciate the contrast in sound and meaning of both discs.

Track three delivered another one of my favorite joints, ‘Big Bank’, featuring T.I. This has the exact vibe of an early 2000s, dirty south hip-hop sound. I can just imagine this music video featuring a bunch of guys with huge NBA jerseys, unlimited chains on and tilted hats similar to a video like this. T.I. sounded really nice here, too.

I thought I was in for a more average track for my liking in, ‘Subenstein’, which has a much harder, fast-tempo song… for the first half at least. Then, another change in sound midway through, which I really enjoyed with another great job by K.R.I.T of riding the different beat.

One of the most satisfying characteristics of 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time is the variation in sound from track-to-track. There’s so much different sound to delve into on this two-disc, 22-track album. Even with the longevity, K.R.I.T manages to make the whole album an easy listen because the sound evolves and changes.

The opening song on Disc Two, ‘Justin Scott’, is a lyric-free instrumental that sounds like a ballad, with its vast assemblance of instruments and much more elements of jazz and gospel music than anything else. That southern-gospel music sound continues on, ‘Keep The devil Off’ (disc 2 track 3), only this time with the vocals and lyrics that matches the idea and meaning of the instrumental. This was one of my favorites.

There were very few elements that I genuinely disliked on this project, the main being how rudimentary the lyrics were in the choruses on, ‘Layup’, ‘Mixed Messages’ and ‘Aux Cord’. Sonically, these tracks were okay but it was difficult for me to enjoy the them because of the choruses. I understand why K.R.I.T did this, but personally these songs were too bland for me to enjoy.

I love the sound on, ‘Drinking Sessions’, at the tail end of disc two with its really powerful and impactful lyrics.

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Big K.R.I.T generally is strong in his lyricism in this project, especially in Drinking Sessions, ‘The Light’, and ‘Bury Me in Gold’. K.R.I.T went deeper than surface level when analysing his own issues and the world’s issues in present-day, but he managed to keep it transparent enough that listeners don’t need to go to Rap Genius to understand the meaning of the tracks.

4eva Is A Mighty Long Time’s sound changes so much in its two discs that some rap fans may not completely enjoy both parts, which isn’t a criticism but may restrict listeners from giving this a 9/10 or 10/10 due to personal preference. However, its easy to appreciate how well-done each disc is executed. K.R.I.T not only succeeded in pulling off the classic dirty south sound on disc one, but he also had some southern-influenced lines such as, “… we on a mission, that’s 24/7 like a waffle cook in a Waffle House kitchen,” (Get Up 2 Come Down) which may come off as a simple line but for me really emphasises and the southern hip-hop genre and makes it distinct.

Additionally, the features on disc one were great selections by K.R.I.T such as T.I., CeeLo Green, Bun B and even Lloyd.

I’m refraining from giving this higher than a 7/10 because there were just a few songs that I absolutely love (Confetti, Drinking Sessions, Big K.R.I.T, Keep the Devil Off), while there are a handful that I won’t return to (Everlasting, Higher Calling, Layup, Aux Cord, Mixed Messages). However, the majority of tracks are well-done and enjoyable listens. I ended up adding six songs to my playlist (click link to see playlist) of the top tracks off albums we’ve reviewed in 2017, which is a pretty substantial number.

Big K.R.I.T produced a great project in 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, and fans definitely have enough replay-able material to hold him off for at least a year or 18 months before worrying about another project. I’d recommend all rap fans to peep this project, and I’d even recommend non-rap fans to at least give disc two a listen.

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