King Remembered in Time (K.R.I.T.)
Written by Jason Terrell
I met K.R.I.T. at a concert in Atlanta in 2009. At the time, he was early into his career, and the club was empty, so I had the opportunity to stand a couple of feet away as he flowed through “Children of the World.” Afterwards, I went to shake his hand and told him that I felt his song on a deep level and he told me to “stay up, more music was to come.” So I am pretty invested in K.R.I.T.’s music and honestly believe his name rings bells. “K.R.I.T. stands for King Remembered in Time, AKA- Although they don’t see me now, they will one day.
When I hear talk about the best contemporary artist, I don’t hear K.R.I.T. in the conversation although he is arguably a better lyricist that J.Cole and his flow can match with Kendrick, I won’t even compare him to Drake and Big Sean- it’s another level.
If “4eva Is a Mighty Long Time” doesn’t convince you that he belongs in the conversation as one of our Hip-Hop Kings, then you’re probably offended by the Drake and Big Sean comment.
“4eva Is a Mighty Long Time” is his third studio album and is a double album. Disc one starts with the opening track “Big K.R.I.T.” and is 11 Bass bangers. I drive a Honda and have factory speakers but I can still get a good Bass with everything turned at max capacity. The first half of the album is classic K.R.I.T. It’s a mix of bragging, uplifting, and motivating lyrics. A perfect example of classic K.R.I.T. is “Get Away”, the closing track on Disc 1. He opens the song with the chorus:
“I gotta get way from that bullshit that they on x3
Everybody, everybody get your glow on”
K.R.I.T. tells us to trust in God, stay away from snakes, and stop relying on the government- just straight medicine. Disc one is a good listen, but again this is classic K.R.I.T. So, if you did not hold his music in high regard or connect with it before then you probably will dismiss the album.
But wait, there’s more.
I brought up J.Cole and Kendrick earlier for a clear reason. They are held as two of the best current artist not only because of their flow and lyrics but because of their vulnerability. I have said it before, Kendrick’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” made me cry (specifically “U”) because it was heartfelt and relevant. I could tell Kendrick had to be introspective to deliver the body of work. J. Cole is another artist who gives us all of himself through his music. Honestly, that has been a trend in rap in 2017. From Jay-Z’s “4:44” to Gucci’s “Mr. Davis”, rappers have been removing a veil and allowing the listener to grow with them.
K.R.I.T. has always leaned on his country flow, political commentary, and banging Bass to get by but on Disc 2 he lets us know Justin Scott.
On Track 2 of Disc 2- “Mixed Messages” he starts with:
“I got me a lover but I still wanna cheat
Wanna be saved, but it’s fuck the police
Don’t wanna be here but I’m too scared to leave”
Of gate, Scott allows us to understand the nuances of his life, something that we all can connect with.
Sonically and thematically, the album takes an interesting shift. Although here are some Bass bangers, Scott incorporates Jazz with a feature from Robert Glasper and Keyon Harrold, Neo Soul with features from Bilal and Jill Scott, and delves into his fears, joys, and the demons that keep him up at night.
Honestly, I cannot do Disc 2 justice, so I recommend sitting back by yourself, get some good speakers, your favorite drink, cigar, blunt, whatever and chill. You’ll learn something. But if you’re short on time, I want to highlight the closing song “Bury Me In Gold”.
“Bury me in gold, bury me in gold
Just in case the old man doesn’t know me and claims that I owe
Bury me in gold, bury me in gold
Just in case I’m forsaken, and I have to pay for my soul”
Scott analyzes the money and riches that we constantly pursue. He will give it away to see his Grandmother, save his soul, and be in Heaven. We can’t take material possessions with us when we die so take the time to spend time with the ones that you love, mend relationships broken, and find peace within your soul.