Big K.R.I.T.’s name often is rarely mentioned during King Of The South discussions — and that’s why the Mississippi native sounds hungrier than ever on his sixth project. Cadillactica is the artist’s best project thus far, both lyrically and sonically. During the 15 track LP, the lyricist creates his own planet that represents his subconscious thoughts. With that said, Cadillactica is a celestial body built without boundaries and it appears the wordsmith has finally found a landscape where he can freely scream as loud he wants. Not only does K.R.I.T. create his own planet, but he invents a new sound that a reunited OutKast would approve of.
The talented producer is on the record for saying he purposely had the offering engineered extra loud and the mastered result is a combination of both bold, yet soulful. The instrumentals include over-powering bass that almost makes you feel uncomfortable, yet somehow aesthetically forces listeners to stay extra attentive to the rapper’s focused delivery and well-structured songwriting that showcases his well-balanced combination of lyricism and melody. In my opinion, the mixing and mastering metaphorically symbolizes K.R.I.T.’s status in the music industry — no matter how overlooked the rapper is, when he spits he reminds hip-hop he is one of the better bar for bar emcees on earth. To reference the album’s Rico Love-assisted single, maybe we just need to “Pay Attention.”
Cadillactica is a rare 15 track project that sounds better when played back from start to finish. The album is sequenced perfectly, and the skits serve as the perfect amount of savory sauce over perfectly seasoned soul food. My personal favorite songs from the LP are “Lost Generation” featuring Lupe Fiasco, “Angels,” and “Soul Food” featuring Raphael Saadiq. Another aspect of the album I enjoyed was K.R.I.T.’s take on family and interpersonal relationships, as he took a stance that is most rarely heard in rap.
It’s impossible to talk about Cadillactica without mentioning the King Of The South track. Sonically, K.R.I.T. confidently raps his ass off over a hard-hitting trap beat that might blow out the speakers in your whip. With a strong sophomore LP release like Cadillactica — it’s safe to say Big K.R.I.T.’s claims will have a lot of cosigners soon.
See if K.R.I.T. will be hitting your city below.
The Pay Attention Tour
10/21 Denver, CO – Cervantis
10/24 Portland, OR – Alhambra Theater
10/25 Victoria, BC – Club 9One9
10/26 Vancouver, BC – The Venue
10/27 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
10/29 San Francisco, CA – Slims
10/30 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
10/31 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
11/2 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/4 Durham, NC – North Carolina State University
11/5 Oklahoma City, OK – Farmers Market
11/6 Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
11/7 Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall
11/8 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
11/9 Houston, TX – Warehouse
11/11 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
11/15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade