One of the most promising emcees to emerge in the past couple of years, Big K.R.I.T. has many similarities to Kanye West. Both share rapping and producing duties on their albums. Their music calls for “every day man” themes (well, at least Kanye’s “College Dropout”). One can’t help but cheer for K.R.I.T., as he has released two critically acclaimed mix tapes, “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” and “Return of 4Eva.” As he preps up his major label debut entitled “Live From The Underground”, he releases “4Eva N A Day” to tide over the fans.
A concept album of sorts, this mix tape begins with Big K.R.I.T. waking up to the sound of an alarm going off. “4Eva N A Day” is a good title to describe the album because for the next 50 minutes, you can feel him tell how his entire day has went. “Wake Up” is a great way to start: it’s mellow and one can’t wait to see what his or her day will offer, just like every morning. Every song has an emotional attachment to how an individual can feel at any particular point of the day. “Me And My Old School” can describe someone riding down the street in a 1967 Camry with the top down. The highlight of the mix tape is found in “Red Eye.” It has K.R.I.T. going through all the ups and downs of his relationship with his girlfriend, something we all have gone through and can certainly relate to.
The biggest strength that K.R.I.T. possesses as an artist is his ability to craft whole projects. He isn’t a flash in the pan rapper. His talents behind the boards can certainly attribute to that distinction. No one other than himself can sense how the chorus to “Down & Out” will play out when he constructed the song, so it’s up to him to provide a hook that can catch the listener’s attention. Although tracks such as “4EvaNaDay” seem to disrupt the flow at times, it doesn’t take away the package as a whole. The project is more “mood music” compared to his other tapes, meaning that it has to be played front to back to gain an appreciation for it, not that it’s a bad thing.
Big K.R.I.T. doesn’t break any new ground with this release nor is it something that can bring in new fans. Despite this, it is a solid offering from him that his fans can appreciate. It’s soulful music that comes from the heart. Can’t be mad at that. It certainly makes you wonder what he has cooking for “Live At The Underground.” It’s an album I can’t wait for to come out. In the meantime, this mix tape can get rotation as well as his other releases.