Big K.R.I.T. is not your typical mainstream rapper. He’s one of those hardcore rappers that’s regarded as an underground phenomenal talent, despite the fact that he has a couple of projects to his name and been around for more than a decade. Even so, he shows up in K.R.I.T. IZ HERE, the artist’s 4th studio album, hungrier than ever to prove his salt once again.
The 19 track project starts off with the intro track K.R.I.T. IZ HERE. The intro is an attention grabber against a soulful sample that sets the right tone for the album. This is an ode of sorts to himself even as he raps K.R.I.T. here, born with it, been bout it, no limit//be where I wanted to be, I came from nothing to king//
K.R.I.T. is ballsy enough to have an interlude as the second track, and it pays off. High end country is amusing, think of the rapper T.I. having a cheeky monologue using his extensive (sometimes made up) vocabulary.
It’s 2019 and trap is the new wave and this is not lost on K.R.I.T. as he samples some trap keys in I Been Waiting . He is braggadocios as lets us know he’s been waiting just to talk that shit
He further employs Lil Wayne and Saweetie in the sultry Addiction, a befitting single off the album. K.R.I.T. displays a more playful version of himself imagining himself indulging in some good good. The old soul reminds us he’s still very much young and virile.
We are reminded once again why Jill Scott is royalty. In 2019 alone, she’s been sampled in R&B and hip hop genres in equal measure. K.R.I.T. samples He Loves Me in Energy as he raps against an infectious bounce.
J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. is the collaboration we didn’t know we needed. They bring an energy that’s cold, lyrical and powerful in Prove It and they showed out on some woke shit. Cole (who’s been having a stellar 2019 because his features have been consistent fire) even shouts out his very first fan that worked in Delta airlines (such an ‘aawww’ moment). This collaboration definitely needs to happen more often.
The entire project is solid and the guest features match the energy brought by K.R.I.T. He might not get the credit he deserves but maybe that works to drive his passion to make outstanding (and coherent) rap.
Notable favorites; K.R.I.T. IZ HERE, I Been Waiting, Addiction, Prove It
Overall Rating; 7.9/10