On one side, we’re happy to see our Mississippi Rhyme Savior come back and put in work. That is especially because he’s now, musically, lighter on his feet after leaving the aura of Def Jam behind completely. It’s a solid project’. A few tracks, I’ll use as “Speed, get you crap together” anthems. In some ways, it lives up to KWH‘s legendary status. But while it’s fun (“Blue Flame Ballet” and its…”gymnastics” comes to mind) and booming, there’s something holding me back from saying “oh snap this new K.R.I.T. is the new classic.”
I love the fact that K.R.I.T. stepped out of his soul-sampling, soul-moving comfort zone to give us a wide variety of beats and subjects. He’s evolved into a Steph Curry-esque rapper; he still has drive but he’s also playing like he rules the world already. But what made K.R.I.T. into one of my favorite artists is the fact that he spoke for the everyman and did so in a way that was captivating and beautiful.Even the non-soul sample beats were soulful.