Being a hot prospect in rap can be a gift and a curse. Just ask Big K.R.I.T. The Mississippi native, who burst onto the scene in 2010, with his critically acclaimed project, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, earned early comparisons to southern stalwarts like Scarface and Pimp C, among others. That same year, K.R.I.T. would ink a record deal with Def Jam Records, a signing that would put the MC in the seemingly envious position of being an artist on one of rap’s most storied record labels. However, despite proving himself to be one of the genre’s most gifted songwriters with additional mixtapes like Return of 4eva and 4eva N A Day, when it was time for his major label debut, Live From the Underground, the returns were marginal at best. This left K.R.I.T. in a state of purgatory while many of his contemporaries flourished.
After going back to the drawing board and unleashing his sophomore album, Cadillactica, which also under-performed commercially, Big K.R.I.T. eventually decided to part ways with Def Jam in 2016, and make the transition to being an independent artist. The move would be one that was championed by the rap community, who felt that the major label system may have been more of a disservice to K.R.I.T. His new move also put the anticipation for his next body of work at an all-time high. More than a year later, Big K.R.I.T. has answered the bell, delivering his third studio album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. The LP finds him basking in artistic comfort and heading back to his roots.
With guest appearances from T.I., Lloyd, UGK, CeeLo Green, Sleepy Brown, Joi, Jill Scott, Keyon Harrold, Bilal, Robert Glasper and others, as well as producers like Mannie Fresh, Organized Noize, Terrace Martin, DJ Khalil and K.R.I.T. himself manning the boards, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time is an explosive return for the southern rhymer and is sure to get fans reacquainted with the artist they originally fell in love with.
XXL sifts through Big K.R.I.T.’s latest album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, and picks out 20 lyrics that are sure to stick with you and serve as food for the soul.
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