Release Date: Mar 5, 2012
Record label: Livemixtapes.com
"I make albums, not hits," snarls Mississippi producer-rapper Big K.R.I.T. over howling electric blues on "Handwriting," stating his case with the kind of tunnel-vision zeal Kanye West reserves for awards-show rants. 4evaNaDay is K.R.I.T.'s eighth mixtape, a self-produced act of defiance while Def Jam endlessly stalls his debut album. He expresses concern about his thick drawl, but you don't have to be "country folk" to be staggered by his flow or truth-telling – he's an Outkast disciple who can't make an ode to sipping drank ("Down N' Out") without dissecting the self-medication of the "have-nots." Listen To Big K.R.I.T.'s "4evaNaDay (Theme)": Related• Photos: Random Notes .
There is one perfect, frozen moment on Big K.R.I.T.’s new mixtape that will make your heart sing. The Mississippi MC, so crestfallen for most of 4Eva N a Day, finds renewed purpose in a phone conversation with his dad. He spills his deepest-felt resentments to K.R.I.T. Sr. on “Handwriting,.
There was a time the delay of an artist’s album, especially in the highly radioactive world of Internet rap hype, could completely subsume a rapper’s ability to maintain relevancy. But the times have been changing for a while now and when Young Jeezy’s TM103 was released after years of dormancy to throngs of acclaim and sales, a nail seemed to be slammed deep into the coffin containing the myth that an artist couldn’t properly sustain themselves on mixtapes and fan service until the label got their minds right. Whether Def Jam learns that lesson remains to be seen, however, but labelmate Big K.
Last year was a huge one for Big K.R.I.T.. Beginning with March’s Return of 4Eva mixtape, an instant Southern rap success laden with time-tested sounds once employed by ’90s Rap-a-Lot alumni and early UGK, the Mississippi rapper/producer began a meteoric rise to become one of hip-hop’s brightest young hopes. By year’s end, he had collaborated with everyone from T.I.
Big K.R.I.T.4eva N a Day[Mixtape][Self-released; 2012]By Chase McMullen; March 23, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetBig K.R.I.T. - Boobie Miles (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.) by BIGKRITHow much free music is an artist expected to put out before they can make some real money? It’s a question that’s been floating on many rapper’s lips lately; guys like Trent Reznor and Thom Yorke can offer “free” albums easily enough, but - these days in particular - it’s hard for a rap star to make serious mainstream dollars.
Big K.R.I.T. has been playing around with the idea that he's a conscious rapper in a Southern rapper's clothes for a few years now. On songs like "Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism", he made it clear there was a Native Tongues revivalist knocking around inside him as well as a Texas-rap revivalist, and he seemed as good a candidate as any to fuse the two into something resonant and thoughtful.
Big K.R.I.T. has put himself in a tough, if enviable, position. His breakout release, May 2010’s K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, had many anointing him as the bridge-builder between Golden Era Southern rap of now-legends and the landscape of today’s down South music. Return of 4Eva, from March of last year ….
Big K.R.I.T. is frustrated. The Mississippi rapper's debut, Live From The Underground, has faced repeated setbacks since he inked with Def Jam in 2010. With K.R.I.T. Wuz Here that year and 2011's Return of 4Eva, 4Eva N A Day is the third album K.R.I.T. has given away in as many years. He eloquently ….