Big K.R.I.T. Breaks Down '4eva Is A Mighty Long Time,' Track By Track
Big K.R.I.T. is well-versed in the dual nature of man. His entire discography is packed with lyrics that split the difference between the carnal and the spiritual. Balanced between strip club rituals and Sunday morning salvation, the man born Justin Scott carved a space for himself among Southern rap royalty. Three years after his last proper studio release, it only makes sense that his latest effort, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, comes as a 22-track double album in which he thoroughly mines his personal, and artistic, dichotomy.
On the record's Big K.R.I.T. side, he rolls out the trunk-rattling, bass-heavy tracks that made him a champion of country rap tunes, while the Justin Scott side finds him coloring with a more soulful palette as he excavates his personal journey with probing depth.
The boon of material on the double LP is also a result of the creative freedom K.R.I.T. now wields since regaining independence (through his MULTI production company, with BMG distribution) after splitting from Def Jam Recordings. He took two years to complete the album, on which he shares production duties with the likes of Supah Mario, DJ Kahlil, Mannie Fresh, Bryan-Michael Cox and more. The guest features run just as deep, with T.I., UGK (including a posthumous verse from Pimp C), Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Sleepy Brown, Cee Lo Green and Joi of Dungeon Family fame all contributing to the expansive project.
"It's a blessing to be able to drop a double album in the space that I'm in and how I've grown as an artist able to articulate myself," the rapper/producer said as we discussed the album over the phone. Track by track, he shared the anxieties and insecurities that fueled his latest blues, as well as the spiritual fortitude that kept him grounded in the gospel.