Delux New Music Monday:
Cadillactica Album Review by DeWarren Smith
If you haven’t been exposed to Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time) yet well here is your chance. The Meridian, Mississippi native is one of Hip Hop’s emerging talents and one of the South’s most respected voices. November 10th marked his 2nd major album, Cadillactica for Cinematic Music Group/Def Jam artist Big K.R.I.T. and it does not disappoint. From front to back, the project is filled with the sound of the South that music listeners have come to expect; the 808 drums over bluesy rhythms as well as the trunk knockin’, P-poppin’, and head bobbin’ anthems that make every track worth listening to on repeat. If you are a newcomer, what you may not expect from such production is the lyricism K.R.I.T displays in his music. On the title track “Cadillactica,” one of my favorites on the album, he drops such gems describing his Cadillac, avoiding jealous carjackers, and pulling admiring women, “But this some cold sh*t that my granddaddy wish he could have drove then passed down\So in honor of Zebby, I bring a hoe down like a lady/when I slab round in this glass house. See me in it, it was easy pimpin’, fore you even finish trick or treating trippin’, she wasn’t even with it, she was outside the Lac tryna ease in it.”
No stranger to the concept of pimpin’ at all it is somewhat of a common theme in his music and is revisited in a West Coast styled groove produced by K.R.I.T. himself where he is joined by west coast veteran, E-40 and a usual suspect in Wiz Khalifa, one of K.R.I.T.’s friends in the rap game. The album is very well balanced not drifting too far into the usual music we have come to expect from the South and still manages to find great songs for radio like the first single, “Pay Attention” feat Rico Love.
“Pay Attention” is genius in that it should get play everywhere from the clubs and radio as it straddles the line of a modern love song and of all things a stripper anthem. Another favorite of the album would have to be “Lost Generation,” which in this reviewers mind has one of the best features with Lupe Fiasco. I had this song on repeat for its sheer lyrical power. There is no doubt that K.R.I.T. delivers the same powerful images and music production from his first K.R.I.T. Wuz Here project which earned him his stripes. His first Def Jam release Live from the Underground passionately injects soul and introspection into his lyrics. The fact this album has something for everyone and still stays true to his artistic view is remarkable. The soul is there, the production is there, and the wordplay is there; all wrapped up in the new King of the South out of Meridian, Mississippi. I cannot leave this review without mentioning a return to one of the strongest joints on Big KRIT”s See Me On Top 4, “Mt. Olympus” where he reprises his bars and establishes himself as a god of the current rap music scene in the Deluxe Version of Cadillactica.
Frustrated/Rap battlin’ never got me out of no public housin’/You tellin’ me I can be King of Hip Hop/And they wouldn’t give to Andre 3000?/ N*gga please, this award aint got sh*t to do with us/God could physically come down and say/ “he [K.R.I.T.] the greatest my favorite, y’all should listen, he have potential/ to outlive the heatwave I’m send through this mothef*cker/ and rebuild for a whole ‘nother other culture”/And that wouldn’t be enough/ so f*ck these haters and f*ck these haters and f*ck these hoes/ Damn right I still mean that./
That’s what you get out of Big K.R.I.T. album. I know you may have caught it, but he said that God could come down and testify about Big K.R.I.T. and it still would not be enough to affect most folks. This project has just about everything a true fan of the genre can want. This project is either a return to or perhaps ones first arrival to innovative hip hop, and it is called Cadillactica.
Purchase Cadillactica on Itunes here: Cadillactica (Deluxe Version)
Written by: DeWarren Smith, Entertainment & PR for Delux Magazine