Big K.R.I.T. has finally dropped his long-anticipated album for our listening delight. The last project he dropped was 2015’s All My Life. Many fans of his work had questions prior to this album as to where the Mississippi rapper’s dedication to making music was. Well, the answers to those questions are in this review!
K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time has 22 tracks (some skits included in that total) that are split into a double disc. Both discs have a different mood to them.
For example, the first disc has a mainstream sound that incorporates plenty of thumping 808’s that caters more to the streets. ‘Confetti’ the second track sets it off on the album by going straight for the jugular with a message to rappers in the industry.
“Got the win. I want the record n****. What’s a crown if you don’t protect it n****? What’s a name if they don’t respect it n****?”
Sounds almost Pusha T like in the messaging, right? Now there’s no need for me to dive into every. single. track. That being said, my highlights from disc one include Confetti, Big Bank (feat. T.I.), Ride Wit Me (feat. UGK), Aux Cord, and Get Away.
The second disc is filled with more soulful tracks. It’s crazy how some of the songs give you sort of a Dungeon Family / Outkast vibe — nothing represents that more than the opening song Justin Scott. The track is mostly just psychedelic groove music playing. I was seriously waiting for Teddy Pendergrass to start singing!
Other highlights for me on disc two include Mixed Messages, the gospel-like Keep The devil Off, Higher Calling (feat. Jill Scott), Price of Fame, and the very jazzy tune The Light (feat. Bilal, Robert Glasper Jr., Kenneth Whalum, and Burniss Earl Travis II).
In the end, if you’re a Big K.R.I.T. fan then you’ll love this album. This album is the most lyrical and most introspective work he’s done to date.
The entire album has different moods represented like peaks and valleys, topped with plenty of lyrical content that dives deep into the social conscious of the listener. You’ll hear the emcee talk about battles of depression, drug abuse (self-medicating), wack rappers, police brutality, and America’s Alt-Right hate groups.
This album has so many sound elements, including some funk, jazz, and gospel. It’s so much variety on this, one particular song may have a saxophone, while another song may feature an accordion. You can tell a lot of work went into this project.
Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time is most definitely one of the best albums I’ve heard this year and will be on my top albums list.