I won’t bog you down with a bunch of wordy-words to say one thing. 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time is an amazing album that surpasses even the classic Cadillactica. I’ve been streaming this one pretty much since it dropped, with a few hours for sleep. K.R.I.T. found his groove, reinvented the wheel and just smacked us all in the collective face with awesome, as Drizzle Sez put it.
A double album, 4eva never drags like many other double-LP projects have/can/do/will. The production is beautiful, lush, and every other synonym for “dope” you can think of. The bars hit you in several places at once, aiming for your heart but spread shoots you in the face, the brain, and the heart at the same time to give multiple effects. The subject matter is greatness and feels like an evolution of K.R.I.T. but again finds the groove we know and love from him. The guest features are also great. We even get CeeLo busting some bars.
The album’s duality, reflecting an internal struggle of sorts between the Big K.R.I.T. stage persona and Justin Scott the man who happens to rap as Big K.R.I.T., works so well. We feel all the stress and struggle that comes with that territory without delving into overly preachy or overly dramatic elements. For every in-your-face bar where K.R.I.T. fucks the world or rides on super subs or wants someone to back dat ass up like it’s 1999, Justin speaks on the highs and lows of the human condition.
Said highs and lows include wanting to be a rapper, differentiating friendship and business, and generally being a Black man in a world where people expect the world but expect nothing from them. One of the tracks that speaks greatly on this duality is “Mixed Messages,” which discusses–without spoiling it too much–the conflict of just being alive in these days and times. Another would be the ending track, “Bury Me in Gold,” which uses the idea of gold as something more than just a flashy element of an outfit. However, Justin tries to impart wisdom onto K.R.I.T. just as much as the latter does to the former. Therefore, we’re given a great look into the artist, the man behind the artist, and the correlation between the two. From the spiritual guidance of “Keep The devil Off” to the booming qualities of the intro, K.R.I.T. delivers.
Again, I said I wouldn’t keep you too long with wordy-words. So, check out 4eva above and support dope music in all its forms. This is an album that you need in your earholes. Trust me when I say that I’d say that even if I wasn’t a K.R.I.T. fan.