Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Iz Here
Big K.R.I.T. is back with his fourth studio album, ‘K.R.I.T. Iz Here.’ The 32-year-old Meridian, Mississippi-born MC has made a solid name for himself since breaking out in 2005, including a slew of high-profile guest appearances. Therefore, it is no surprise to see his latest, 19-track released littered with guest spots from names including Lil Wayne, Saweetie, Rico Love, Yella Breezy, Baby Rose, J. Cole, WOLFE de MCHLS, and Camper.
The album opens strongly with the sped-up sample blessed ‘K.R.I.T. Here:’
While it is unclear why he decided to take a pause with an interlude right away, there is plenty enough heat to make up for the odd skippable moment. From the slow rolling ‘I Been Waitin’ to the lilting ‘Make It Easy,’ Big K.R.I.T. makes sure to match his lyrical firepower with some solid production – including some solid sampling.
That is not to say that the lyrics lack either as K.R.I.T. shows he can hang with some of the biggest names, plus he doesn’t drag the tracks out, with many of them being short and to-the-point, such as ‘Energy,’ which clocks in at just over three minutes:
He also knows how to mix up some pop feels with his hip-hop for a broader appeal, such as with ‘Obvious:’
But, just in case you think K.R.I.T. has gone soft he jumps right back with the self-aggrandizing ‘I Made:’
It is this ability to effortlessly flip between styles, without losing himself, that helps Big K.R.I.T. stand out in a crowded scene. – such as with the simply dope ‘Everytime’ and the strong ‘Believe.’
That said, there are some tracks that don’t quite have the same immediacy, such as the slightly disjointed, ‘Family Matters.’
However, such moments are rare on this album as he brings things to a close with the home state love of ‘M.I.S.S.I.S.S.I.P.P.I.’
So, while Big K.R.I.T. may not have achieved a flawless album, with 19 tracks and plenty of quality, there is some real value for money in this full-length set.