Monday of this week, Big K.R.I.T. began streaming “Cadillactica” and after a first listen we just had to weigh in on which track was our favorite.
Big K.R.I.T.’s sophomore album Cadillactica get’s officially released into the wild on Tuesday the 11th, Monday the 10th on iTunes, but the stream has been plugging holes in the universe all week. The response seems to be overwhelmingly positive, with Twitter shouting the albums praises.
On our first listen, we decided to talk about our favorite tracks off of the record, which may be K.R.I.T.’s national moment. Ever since getting the co-sign from Kendrick, it seems K.R.I.T.’s been reinvigorated, immediately writing “Mt. Olympus,” and spitting with a ferocity we hadn’t seen since his beat-you-over-the-head banger Krit Wuz Here. That set the stage for the rest of the year. It also helps that a reinvigorated Def Jam, marshalled to a fantastic year by No I.D, has been focusing on artistry lately as well.
With the album inching closer, we knew we just had to weigh in. Today, you’ll find our News Editor Soren Baker, freelance writer Jay Balfour and myself weigh in on which track moved us the most.
Soren: Much like the tremendous title track of Goodie Mob’s 1995 debut album with which it shares (and likely got) its name, Big K.R.I.T.’s “Soul Food” featuring Raphael Saadiq hits with magnum force lyrically and sonically. On his version, the Mississippi rapper ties the deterioration of food to the devolution of interpersonal relationships, among other things. Unlike many younger artists, K.R.I.T. clamors for the days and principles of yesteryear, when people played games together, made love to one another and had unbreakable, life-long bonds. Musically, the somber bass, delicate piano accents and Saadiq’s wistful crooning combine for an aural atmosphere that serves as a fitting backdrop for K.R.I.T.’s sobering expose of the literal and figurative health of our communities. In a society increasingly defined by the “Me” mentality, K.R.I.T. pines on “Soul Food” for the days of “We.”
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