Music Reviews

Review of Big K.R.I.T’s “It’s Better This Way” Mixtape

Big_KRIT_Its_Better_This_Way-front-largeFans of Big K.R.I.T. were in for a huge treat on October 14 when the Mississippi rapper dropped a surprise mixtape.

It’s Better This Way is Big K.R.I.T.’s first project since the release of this last album Cadillactica in 2014. It includes 14 tracks with features from artists such as Ludacris, K Camp, Warren G, BJ The Chicago Kid, and narrations provided by DJ Drama. KRIT can take pride in the fact that he produced nearly the entire mixtape himself, with some assistance from Kenneth Whalum and WOLFE de MCHLS.

The mixtape begins with an “Intro” track, followed by “King Pt. 4,” which is the fourth track in the King series that K.R.I.T. began on his mixtape See Me On Top 3, which was released in 2008. This track was intriguing to me because, like the other parts of the King series, the entire song is made up of one verse and no hook. He provides plenty of emotion in this song, and we can tell that he is clearly passionate about what he is speaking about. The song is supported by a jazz background, which I feel is a great way to kick off the rest of the album.

The final track, the title song “It’s Better This Way,” is a song in which KRIT criticizes the “new” hip hop that modern-day society has come to love. He speaks on the fact that raw hip hop and rap songs such as this one are better than those songs on the radio that generally don’t talk about anything real. In the second verse, he talks about gaining national attention without having tons of advertisements, radio airtime, or by having his personal life exploited in the media. This song is the perfect way to wrap up his album and leave listeners with plenty of thought and reflection.

The thing that makes this mixtape stand out is that is not stuck on one style. Each song gives us something different. We get various vibes throughout the mixtape, which allows for more people to be attracted to the mixtape. We get a soulful sound, a fast paced southern sound, and everything in between. Whether you begin listening to this mixtape as a fan of Big K.R.I.T. already, or if you are a first time listener, you will not be disappointed in the variety of tunes provided.

Big K.R.I.T. has announced his huge “Krittically Acclaimed” U.S. tour in support of his mixtape, which will span from October to December. Big K.R.I.T. will be taking the stage at Metro here in Chicago on November 3rd.

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