Since January, fans have anticipated the April 10th release of Big K.R.I.T.’s latest project, King Remembered In Time. Fortunately, the anticipation was definitely fulfilled by K.R.I.T. on this mixtape.
The project features different songs, mostly produced by him and one produced by 9th Wonder, with artists such as Bun B, Wiz Khalifa, Future and American Idol finalist, Ashthon Jones.
On his website, BigKrit.com, the rapper says:
“It’s a blessing to drop another body of music that reflects my growth as a musician and artist. I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received over the years. It’s Quality over Quantity. 4eva N A day and Multi till the sun die. God Bless.” – K.R.I.T.
This project truly showcases his musical and artistic growth, especially with most of it being self-produced.
The songs exemplify “quality over quantity” with samples and the incorporation of various sounds and instruments in tracks like “REM” and “Multi Til The Sun Die.”
On the track “King Without A Crown,” Big K.R.I.T. reminds fans and the entire industry that although he didn’t receive the full credit and proper commercial exposure and success he deserved with his previous album, he is back with this mixtape to prove a point: “I got a point to prove/There’s the reason I rhyme for.” Throughout the song, he asks the recurring question, “What’s a king without a crown,” which could be interpreted as Krizzle saying that although he is talented, he lacks the “crown” from the Hip Hop industry. In the track, he later says:
“K R I T, one more time for the folk that didn’t know
Two more times for the folk that didn’t listen
Three more times for the folks that said growth wasn’t possible for a country boy.”
Krizzle is infamous for staying true to his southern roots with the poems, personal sermons and testimonies he preaches over Deep South beats and soulful instruments, and this project serves no different. The track, “WTF,” is the perfect example of that.
King Remembered In Time is a fiery silencer to critics that brought fans a better Big K.R.I.T. His 2012 debut album, Live From The Underground, was positively accepted by fans but served to fall through the cracks; however, Big K.R.I.T executed exactly what his recent mixtape’s title entails: to be remembered in the industry and maybe get that “crown” he deserves.
Music video for “REM:”