Big K.R.I.T. Iz Here to Stay
Mississippi's own, Big K.R.I.T. is back with his 4th album, "K.R.I.T. Iz Here" which was released this past Friday, July 12th, 2019. The album was released under the labels BMG Rights Management and Multi Alumni, and the album contains featuring guests such as J. Cole, Lil' Wayne, Rico Love, Yella Beezy, and others.
The album starts off with the song "K.R.I.T. Here" which also served as the first single of the album. The song has a great instrumental with some nice drums which create a good vibe to dance to. Following that song, we have the interlude "High End Country" followed by the songs "I Been Waitin" and "Make It Easy" where he raps about finally doing music he wanted to do and being himself since he left Def Jam in 2016. The song "Addiction" is featuring Lil' Wayne and Saweetie. Both artists are rapping about relationships and sexual intercourses with other women on a laid back instrumental that reminds me of "Rack City" from Tyga but way better. Both rappers delivered some good lyricism and a good flow that fitted well with the beat. "Energy" has the most fly instrumental I heard in a while and I could feel the good energy from the beat, and it also samples Jill Scott's "He Loves Me". The following song is "Obvious" featuring Rico Love. The song is a love theme type of song where Big K.R.I.T. raps about changing himself to a better self so he can have a healthy long and loving relationship with the girl he is pursuing and that he wants to make it obvious that he wants to be with her no matter what. Then we have the song "I Made" featuring Yella Beezy."Everytime" has a smooth instrumental where Big K.R.I.T. compares himself to the great characteristics from the greatest athletes we know from past to present. The song is featuring Baby Rose. "Believe" has to be the deepest and it might be my favorite song from the album so far with a deep instrumental. This is where Big K.R.I.T. raps about believing in himself when he was younger and broke, believing and fighting for the black community about the injustice towards them in the United States of America and he also mentions at the end of the song that it's still hard to believe that Nipsey is gone.
Halfway through the album, we have the song "Prove It" featuring J. Cole which was a nice collaboration between the two rappers. The song was recorded at and during the recording sessions for "Revenge of The Dreamers III", and I think it's safe to say either J. Cole has a problem or he just kills every featuring songs he appears on for the past year, and I meant kill in a very good way. Following that, we have the song "Family Matters" and an interlude called "Blue Fame". Then we have the song "Blue Fame" where Big K.R.I.T. raps about his journey and ballad to a strip club. "Learned From Texas" is an inspired and maybe an hommage track to Texas legends rap duo UGK (Bun B and Pimp C) and DJ Screw. Big K.R.I.T. always had a couple of songs in his albums and mixtapes that had the Texas hip-hop sound because he was heavily influenced by them. Rest in peace to Pimp C and DJ Screw. Then we have the songs "Outer Space" and "High Beams" featuring Wolfe De Mchis. The song "Life in The Sun" featuring Camper has a nice positive feeling to the song with a beautiful piano to the instrumental. The final song of the album is "M.I.S.S.I.S.S.I.P.P.I." and Big K.R.I.T. raps about how it gets down in his hometown and the lifestyle as well. The instrumental of the song reflects well the old school blues and jazz vibe from Mississippi and other southern cities of the United States.
It was a good vibe and listening to K.R.I.T's newest album. I don't feel it was his best work because I was expecting more of his mixtapes type of songs. The production in overall was well done with the help of Rico Love, Danja, DJ Camper, DJ Khalil and Big K.R.I.T. himself but lyrically, I still feel that Big K.R.I.T. is underrated as a rapper. Keep grinding brother.