Big K.R.I.T. likes making long albums, so it's a good thing he knows how to make them.Multi Alumni, 2017
8.7 / 10
It’s a bit inevitable that there are some tracks on Big K.R.I.T.’s gargantuan 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time that don’t work. An artist doesn’t put out eighty-four minutes of music at once without dips in quality. For me, the biggest dud is “Mixed Messages”. Here, Big goes into how his material presents the listener with a bunch of, well, guess. There’s nothing wrong with it sonically. However, the song plainly states what should be obvious to any audience paying attention. There’s a thematic disconnect between BK’s emotionally-loaded material and his rocking party anthems. I wonder if it’s a joke of some sort, proposing that there’s a sizable portion of his audience who wouldn’t understand the contradiction if it wasn’t nakedly pointed out to them.
It’s a low point on what is otherwise the easiest loooongplay listen of the year. K.R.I.T. likes making long albums, but this one never suffers from its length. This is thanks to his indelible sense of album flow and love for funk fusions. When he pairs them together, these eighty-four minutes are less taxing to sort through than albums that are half its length. Big is a good rapper, but he’s plenty willing to take himself out of the equation for the good of the sound.
There’s this lovely little number that kicks off the second disc, “Justin Scott” (Big K.R.I.T.’s real name). It rides its 70s soul jam for four minutes, devoid of a rapper or even a lead singer. It’s a track that asks its audience to let the positive vibes of a lost time occupy their world. If only for a little while. “Justin Scott” is proof that K.R.I.T. can work the understated into his stupidly-long albums. And that “Mixed Messages” immediately follows it…I mean, seriously, that’s a joke, right?