Review | Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T. adds to his already significant catalogue with his highly anticipated new album, Cadillatica. The album, described by K.R.I.T. himself as “a planet from his sub-conscious mind”, tells the story of where the Cadillac that was shown crash-landed on his previous album cover, Live From The Underground, came from.

The album begins in classic Big K.R.I.T. style with ‘Kreation’, inviting the listener in with a mellow, southern groove that rests comfortably within the ear. The soulful vibe is something that people familiar with his work will already be accustomed to. The idea of familiarity also applies to ‘My Sub Pt. 3’, which is part of a series of records that K.R.I.T. has developed from his earlier projects, with the first instalment (‘My Sub’) appearing on 2011’s Return Of 4Eva and the second part (‘My Sub, Pt. 2 – The Jackin’’) coming from 2012’s Live From The Underground. Big K.R.I.T. is a self confessed lover of bass, and has stated that he’ll always make music that will be made to ride around in your car to, which is evident with the ‘My Sub’ series, but not exclusively confined to those 3 tracks.

The title track, ‘Cadillactica’, is the first time (but by no means the last) that Big K.R.I.T. lets loose lyrically, exercising his undoubted ability. This, coupled with a catchy chorus, makes for a tune that’s sure to stay with listeners. K.R.I.T. continues in the same vein on tracks ‘King Of The South’ & ‘Mt. Olympus’, letting his aggressive flow and braggadocios lyrical content grab the attention of the listener. K.R.I.T. has admitted that ‘Mt. Olympus’ was written the day after the release of, and consequently in response to, Kendrick Lamar’s infamous ‘Control’ verse that captivated the Hip Hop world.

The first guest appearance is handed to Raphael Saadiq, who also produced ‘Soul Food’, where K.R.I.T. gets nostalgic as he questions the changing times in society. This introspective track once again allows the Mississippi native to prove that he’s as good a lyricist as he is a producer. Other guest appearances come from the likes of; Rico Love, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Bun B & Devin The Dude, but most interesting contributions are from Lupe Fiasco and A$AP Ferg. The former speaks on ‘Lost Generation’ where he and K.R.I.T. discuss the problems facing Generation Y, while Ferg assists the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony influenced ‘Lac Lac’, which Ferg is a perfect fit for, as he weaves throughout the production.

Since 2010’s K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, Big K.R.I.T. has delivered projects that have met a consistently high standard, currently unmatched by many, if anyone else in the genre. The fact he still feels underappreciated highlights his ambition and determination to be considered one of Hip Hop’s leading voices, and he’s certainly going the right way about achieving that aspiration.

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