Big K.R.I.T. – “K.R.I.T. Iz Here” review

Big K.R.I.T. is a 32 year old MC & producer from Meridian, Mississippi who started out by releasing a few mixtapes from the mid to late 2000s. He eventually signed to Cinematic Music Group in 2010 & his 6th mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here that same year landed him a joint venture with Def Jam Recordings & a spot in the XXL Freshman Class in 2011. His first 2 studio albums Live from the Underground & Cadillactica in 2012 & 2014 respectively continued to show his potential, but then he went on to form his own label Multi Alumni some time after. His first outing under the new independent label was his previous album 4eva’s a Mighty Long Time in October 2017, which is hands down the best double disc hip hop album of the decade. However after dropping his T.D.T. compilation of EPs at the jumpstart of this year, he’s back with the sequel to the tape that got Krizzle where he is today.

The album kicks off with the title track, where K.R.I.T. reflects about his time with Def Jam over a beautiful sample of “Trust in God” by The Winans. After the “High End County” interlude, we then dive into the song “I Been Waitin’”. Where Krizzle is happy to talk smack over an eerily bland trap beat. The track “I Make Easy” brags about his skills over a boom bap beat with some beautiful background vocals while the song “Addiction” with Lil Wayne is of course a buttery lust tune.

The track “Energy” still sounds as smooth as it did on T.D.T. while the song “Obvious” serves a a pretty decent sequel to the previous cut. The track “I Made” talks about his success over a vibrant trap beat while the song “Everytime” is an empowering motivational anthem. The track “Believe” get conscious over a trap beat with a God-like atmosphere to it & while I do like how the song “Prove It” with J. Cole sees the 2 talking about loyalty, the spacious trap instrumental is just ok & K.R.I.T. awkwardly sounds like he’s doing his best Future impression on the hook.

The track “Family Matters” pretty much speaks for itself over a bland beat & after the “Blue Flame” interlude, the song “Blue Flame Ballet” is a sensual strip club banger. The track “Learned from Texas” is a chopped & screwed tribute that still sounds as great as it did on T.D.T. while the song “Outer Space” is a nocturnal weed anthem.

The track “High Beams” gets spiritual & the beat is pretty intoxicating, but the delivery sucks. The song “Life in the Sun” gets celebratory over a beautiful piano instrumental & then the album finishes with “Mississippi”, where K.R.I.T. pays tribute to his home state over a bass-heavy trap beat.

Yeah, this was just as decent as I expected. It’s more commercial than K.R.I.T.’s past material, but there are slightly more hits than there are misses.

Score: 3/5

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