A year after leaving the renown Def Jam Recordings to form his own label Multi Alumni, Mississippi MC/producer Big K.R.I.T. is finally returning with his 3rd full-length album & it actually happens to be a double disc with 11 tracks on each disc. The opener “Big K.R.I.T.” gets ambitious both lyrically & production-wise & I really love how he goes some rapping from mid-pace to a faster one halfway. The next track “Confetti” brags about his rapping prowess & dissing the wack over some piano chords along with a soul sample in the background & even a guitar solo during the hook. The song “Big Bank” with T.I. sees the 2 boasting about their wealth over a soulful yet hard hitting instrumental from WLPWR. The track “Subenstein (My Sub IV)” is the new welcoming installment of his “My Sub” series the Mannie Fresh beat on here SLAPS! The song “1999” is basically Krizzle with a decent Lloyd hook getting romantic & I can definitely see it being a hit from the content down to Mannie’s production.
The song “Ride wit Me” gets braggadocious with an outstanding UGK feature & as for the track “Get Up 2 Come Down”, it talks about some hustlin’ over a smooth instrumental & it was really refreshing to hear Cee-Lo Green rapping a verse near the end. The song “Layup” reflects on starting with nothing & how he’s living better now over a very relaxing instrumental & his melodic delivery is infectious. After the Classic Interlude, we then get into the next song “Aux Cord”. Here, he’s telling us some of his influences like the late B.B. King (whom he collaborated with on his debut Live from the Underground) as well as Marvin Gaye and Sly & the Family Stone over a spacey instrumental. The first disc closer “Get Away” is the last in the first disc & he’s talking about being bullshit free over a smooth soul instrumental.
The first track on the second disc “Justin Scott” is just a 4 minute instrumental that you can kick back to & the song “Mixed Messages” talks about things like loving his girl yet hating her at the same time or being rich yet simultaneously giving back & the instrumental is just beautiful. The track “Keep the Devil Off” sees Krizzle asking God to brush off the haters over a fittingly gospel-influenced instrumental & the song Ms. Georgia Fornia talks about a love/hate relationship over a smooth guitar & the Joi hook has a lot of raw passion in it. The next 2 tracks “Everlasting” & “Higher Calling” are both love songs & while they aren’t bad at all, I’d say the first of the 2 sets the mood a lot better. After the Weekend Interlude, K.R.I.T. then gives the listener his personal take on what fame does to you on “Price of Fame” & the song “Drinking Sessions” sees him getting vulnerable over some piano keys & some trumpets. The penultimate track “The Light” gets conscious over a jazzy instrumental & the Bilal hook is just as soothing while the closer “Bury Me in Gold” talks about giving it all away to be in heaven over a fittingly churchy instrumental.
For a double disc album, this might be Big K.R.I.T.’s best work yet. It’s super consistent, it sounds focused, the lyricism is stronger than ever before, the production is immensely soulful & the passion is clear as day. I think Krizzle is amongst the most underrated right now & this double disc magnum opus could potentially be a modern classic within the next 3 years