Big K.R.I.T.
4eva Is a Mighty Long Time


5.0
classic

Review

by SexualManChocolate USER (1 Reviews)
November 30th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Southern heavyweight Big K.R.I.T. keeps his composure as he tries to finally create an album that's worthy to top Return Of 4eva after a handful of frustrating attempts that came up shorthanded.

In March of 2011, rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. released his second mix tape, Return Of 4Eva. The young rapper soon catapulted into popularity as the album garnered critical acclaim and was considered a classic by most southern hip-hop listeners. As K.R.I.T. set a high bar for himself, tragically he was unable to capitalize as it seemed that every single one of his official LP releases, in my opinion, ranged from mediocre to decent. After the failed attempt of Cadillactica, K.R.I.T. faded into obscurity after releasing a couple more hellish mix tapes. And just when everyone was going to write him off, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time was born.

For those of you who don’t know, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time is a split CD with an overall runtime of almost eighty five minutes. Not just to make up for the short hiatus he had taken, but to divide the album into two parts because he molded the album in two different ways. Big K.R.I.T. creates an album that strategically balances the complexity of 90s hip-hop while simultaneously adding the fun and simplicity of early 00s bangers. One of the tracks that I currently have on repeat, Get Up 2 Come Down is a perfect example of K.R.I.T. taking us back in time, not in his time machine but with a slick jam he has created with reminiscing 90s flow. As he effortlessly knocks out a couple of smooth fast-paced verses with finesse. K.R.I.T.’s verses makes the track sound so classic, If I were to close my eyes, I could swear it was Big Boi on the vox. The song finally closes out with a legendary performance by CeeLo Green as he shockingly shakes off the rust, and spits a verse that we haven’t heard in decades.

Krizzle is also on a mission to grab the rap game from this strange period of ambient experimentation and pull it back to the glory era of the early 00s where the music made you beat your chest and go complete ape***. Big K doesn’t stray away from the culture that early 00s kids grew up in, where rappers flaunt about their money and how nice their cars are, as these influences are displayed in some serious explosive tracks like Subenstein (My Sub IV) and Big Bank. With features like southern veteran T.I. and the fact that I can hear Mannie Fresh’s voice scattered in Sub IV makes the experience so much more special. Big K.R.I.T. also managed to get Lloyd on the album on the next track, 1999. Although the sexual induced track is not the greatest song, he creates a serious nostalgic high for someone like me who grew up in that era. 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time also has a few comedic interludes that are surprisingly funny and reminds of Late Registration which only adds to the nostalgic vibe.

At this point, the album takes a dramatic shift in sound. With the last few tracks and all the way through the second CD, you will find K.R.I.T. takes a more experimental, soulful approach. 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time is filled with amazing instrumentals featuring real instruments opposed to computer generated instrumentals that will just inevitably become outdated. And the second half focuses on this dramatically with some of the most intricate tracks like Miss Georgia Fornia and Higher Calling. I would say K.R.I.T. was trying to make his own To Pimp A Butterfly, but that is an absurd contention since southern rappers have been doing this since day one. There’s not a lot of complaints I have with this album other than I feel like it’s overproduced. It would be perfect if the album had a more raw sound. I also feel like there’s some cringey lyrics like “Just past the AUX cord” as a chorus, a phrase that will probably be outdated in a few years, and “Looking like a layup” had me cringing out too. K.R.I.T. also has me scratching my head for the lead singles he had chosen for the album. Confetti and Keep The Devil Off are hands down the weakest tracks on the album.


Even with the minor complaints, 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time is sweeter than a plate of yams with extra syrup. I’ve been waiting a long time for a southern rapper to release something so deeply rooted and connected with their southern predecessors. The album is true and real. And that is why I’m calling it a classic. I’ve also come to the realization of the hidden message behind the album. The first CD is for the mainstream and the second CD is for the underground. This is a theme that reappears in his music, Big K.R.I.T. trying to be mainstream to stay relevant and successful, but also staying true to the obscure sound that he grew up with in the south. Staying true to himself, Justin Scott. Well, I’m here to tell you that you did it, Krizzle. You made a classic, and you didn’t even need fourteen skits.


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BlackwaterPork
November 30th 2017


2338 Comments


Generous rating much

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bloc
November 30th 2017


45173 Comments


Actually I'm not surprised. This thing is getting good reviews everywhere.

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MyShadow
November 30th 2017


257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this ain't no 5 but some of it bangs

laughingman22
November 30th 2017


2775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About time this got a review. Love the second side of this

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TheCynic
November 30th 2017


89 Comments


Enjoying this album alot so far...

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Scoot
December 1st 2017


18777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is dope

guitarded_chuck
December 1st 2017


13888 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review



albums going way too unnoticed on this site

Hep Kat
December 1st 2017


1081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah Return wasn’t his first mixtape, so you trollt yourself ahrd from the jump

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StarlessCore
December 1st 2017


5616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

return got some heat tho i kinda feel like spinnin rite now

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Drifter
December 1st 2017


7651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm surprised krit didn't become another brockhampton for this site tbh

SexualManChocolate
December 1st 2017


62 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well, damn. I thought Return was his first. my bad

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Hovse
December 6th 2017


2455 Comments


this is solid

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2017


39510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

this is fucking fantastic

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bloc
December 6th 2017


45173 Comments


It's a bit too long imo

Hovse
December 6th 2017


2455 Comments


Agreed but it still bangs

jmh886
December 6th 2017


1867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like most double albums, this is half good.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2017


39510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

to be fair bloc, forever is a pretty long time...



there's two songs I'd cut off this but nothin else rly

bloc
December 6th 2017


45173 Comments


Haha touche

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2017


39510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

can't believe he got Cee Lo to rap on this



persuasive powers of gold

SexualManChocolate
December 7th 2017


62 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was watching an interview and krit said he sent Ceelo the mix thinking he was gonna sing but it came back with that rap. Can you imagine the epicness



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