Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. has been on the rise since being named to XXL’s Freshman Class for 2011. But hardcore K.R.I.T. fans know he’s been around since his “See Me On Top” mixtape days of 2005.
His KRIT Wuz Here mixtape he released in 2010 really placed him on the map for many current fans and he followed it up last year with the release of Return of 4eva.
For those who assumed he wouldn’t be able to follow up those previous two releases with something as equaling fulfilling, I’m here to tell you, you’d be sadly mistaken.
One thing in particular that makes this project unique is the absence of features on the entire mixtape. Couple that with the melodious bass heavy production that we’ve come accustomed to and you’ve got a mixtape that is 100% K.R.I.T.
Honestly, the amount of time and effort placed into this project makes it difficult to label as a “mixtape”. Unlike most mixtapes, K.R.I.T. provides a concept album essentially taking the listener through a “day in the life” so to speak. He opens with him waking up and going through his thoughts in the morning and reminiscing on the passing of his loved ones and his grandmother in particular with “Wake Up” and “Yesterday“.
He then transitions to rhyming about what motivates him to achieve his goals with the tracks “Boobie Miles” and “4evaNaDay“. “Me and My Old School” and “1986” find him cruising around in an old school whip taking in the scenery. The mood shifts after “Country Rap Tunes” as K.R.I.T. gives his listeners a glimpse into his late night escapades and temptations.
We get a look into his personal relationship issues as well in “Red Eye” and issues concerning his record label in “Handwriting“. The fact that he chooses to rap about real life issues listeners can relate to over the majority of the crap we hear on the radio earns him respect in my book.
All in all, 4evaNaDay lives up to expectations and will more than likely go down as one of the best releases of 2012. The concept behind the mixtape makes it easy to play from start to finish. It’s definitely a good project to keep us occupied while we await the release of his debut Live From the Underground LP.