By Kenneth Edison, Editor-in-Chief
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Southern hip-hop has produced some of the most iconic rappers ever with acts like Andre 3000, Big Boi and Lil Wayne. But with his 3rd studio album, “4eva Is a Mighty Long Time,” Big Krit puts in a strong case to be considered among the greats of the south.
“4eva Is a Mighty Long Time” ends a three year gap since Krit’s last studio album, and it’s clear he has used that time to truly sharpen his craft.
The album clocks in at nearly an hour and a half with 22 tracks separated into two 11 track disks. While sitting through an album that is nearly as long as most feature length films might be a slog for most artists, Krit gives listeners something substantive and unique to chew on throughout this project.
Krit does not shy away from wearing his influences on his sleeve. Many of the artists that Krit himself cites as his mentors in hip hop are featured on the album, such as T.I. who spits one of the best verses on the entire project on the track “Big Bank.”
The first 11 track disk focuses largely on loud, bombastic bangers with more modern trap beats like on “Subenstein” and the aforementioned “Big Bank.” While these tracks do have more of a contemporary flair, Krit’s southern style still shines through in his delivery which oozes of Big Boi influence.
Other tracks, specifically on the second half of the album, dabble more in other genres like gospel, jazz, and even a bit of a country. Songs like “Miss Georgia Fornia” have a country-esque flair with a soulful vocal delivery by Joi that makes the track a standout song on the album.
Conceptually, it is apparent that the two halves of the album represent the duality of Krit’s personality. This is illustrated in the titles of the first tracks on each half. As stated before the first half, which leads with the song “Big Krit,” is more harsh and contemporary. The second half, which leads with the track “Justin Scott” (Krit’s real name) is a more artsy and introspective look into Krit’s personal life.
The production on the album serves as a potent complement to Krit’s blunt delivery and, while the list of producers features big names like WLPWR, Krit actually produced a good number of the tracks himself.
If he was so inclined, Krit actually produced enough songs on this record to release an entire album of songs made exclusively by himself. But instead, we get the entire 22 tracks on this album that still manage to mesh together and deliver a consistent and interesting tone that explores both the professional and personal life of Krit masterfully.
As the year draws to a close, it has become apparent just how many artists have stepped up their game to deliver stellar projects in 2017. From returning hit-makers like Kendrick Lamar and Tyler, The Creator to up-and-comers like BROCKHAMPTON and Injury Reserve, this year has been a big one for hip-hop. Big Krit’s latest album with its slick and charismatic southern style will be yet another standout for best rap album of the year come December.