Big KRIT - Cadillactica (Review)

Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica (Review)

"Cadillactica" is the second studio album from Mississippi rapper/producer Big KRIT. The album features guest appearances from Lupe Fiasco, Bun B, Devin The Dude, A$AP Ferg, Wiz Khalifa and others as well as production from DJ Dahi, Jim Jonsin, Mike Will Made It and Big KRIT himself. It is set to be released on November 11, 2014 via Def Jam/Cinematic Music Group.

1) Kreation (Intro) - The first song on the album finds Big KRIT rapping about creating music via an extended double entendre of creating a child over a smooth, spaced-out instrumental. The beat and rhymes are nice, but the song isn't quite as memorable as I was hoping for. Its not bad by any means, but I was just hoping for something a little more exciting I guess. The concept is cool though. - 3/5

2) Life - This is a little better though, with Big KRIT kicking some vivid and sort of inspiring raps about finding life (on Planet Cadillactica of course) over another spacey beat. The production is minimalistic during the verses and slowly builds up while KRIT is rapping, reaching a crescendo during the chorus, which is full of soaring vocals and hard hitting drums. I'm feelin' this one. - 3.75/5

3) My Sub, Pt. 3 (Big Bang) - I've heard a lot of people saying this was one of their favorite songs on the entire album, but I'm not really into it quite as much as everyone else is I guess. The beat is ok at the beginning of the song, with some hard-hitting 808's and such, but it gets much better during the third verse when it becomes much more organic. Lyrically the song is about the same as the first two entries into KRIT's "My Sub" series, both of which I prefer over this entry. - 3/5

4) Cadillactica - Ok now this is fire. The beat, by DJ Dahi, has a spacey feel similar to the first two tracks, but this one is full of an intense energy and has an overall epic feel. I'm really diggin' the production on this cut and KRIT just spits his ass off over it. The chorus is a little too repetitive for my tastes, but it doesn't really drag down the song that much. - 4.5/5

5) Soul Food (featuring Raphael Saadiq) - Raphael Saadiq provides the soulful beat and hook on this track, with Big KRIT rapping about his past and how things have changed. The production is real nice and KRIT rips it, making it another one of my favorite songs so far. - 4/5

6) Pay Attention (featuring Rico Love) - This was the lead single released in promotion of the album and it's quite nice. The song is clearly going for radio play, with KRIT rapping about not paying enough attention to his woman over a club-friendly Jim Jonsin instrumental with Rico Love on the hook, but I feel like it was executed correctly even if it didn't tear up the radio-waves. - 4/5

7) King of the South - KRIT lets everyone know he is the King of the South over a crazy self-produced instrumental. The beat hits hard has hell and Big KRIT just snaps over it. This shit is very similar in overall tone to "Mt Olympus" (which is a great song by the way), but with a southern twist. - 4.5/5

8) Mind Control (featuring E-40 and Wiz Khalifa) - This song finds KRIT, E-40 and Wiz Khalifa getting their pimp on over a smooth Mike Will Made It instrumental. The beat and rhymes are both really dope and that chorus keeps getting stuck in my head. - 4.5/5

9) Standby (Interlude) - Big KRIT spits a quick rap full of references to the sky/flight/planes over an ambient instrumental full of jazzy horns and no drums. This song is cool, but it's not my favorite on here. - 3.25/5

10) Do You Love Me (featuring Mara Hruby) - The beat on this track is real smooth and has a kind of mellow, Southern vibe to it (think old Goodie Mob meets UGK, maybe). The rhymes also seem to be UGK inspired as KRIT raps about his car as if it was a woman while Mara Hruby provides some soulful vocals on the chorus. - 3/5

11) Third Eye - This song also gives me an Outkast "ATLiens" vibe, mainly due to the organic feel of the instrumental I think. Lyrically the song is nice as well, with KRIT rapping about meeting his soul mate and such. Yeah, I like this. - 3.75/5

12) Mo Better Cool (featuring Bun B, Devin The Dude and Big Sant) - This song is just some smooth Southern shit, with KRIT teaming up with frequent collaborator Big Sant as well as Southern hip-hop legends Bun B and Devin The Dude. The beat has a carefree vibe to it, the rhymes are ill and Devin The Dude kills it on the chorus as only he can. Dope track. - 4.25/5

13) Angels - The beat on this track has a real breezy feel to it, with some light keys, flutes, guitars and drums as well as airy horns on the chorus. As far as the rhymes go, Big KRIT comes through and raps about some of the harsher realities of life while incorporating some more weather/sky references as well as religious imagery into his bars. - 4/5

14) Saturdays = Celebration (featuring Jamie N Commons) - Big KRIT spits some almost depressing raps about his life and about what should happen in the event of his death over a somber piano-based instrumental by Alex da Kid. The build slowly builds up during the first verse and reaches a peak during the second chorus before becoming more intimate and personal again during the second verse. Nice song. - 3.5/5

15) Lost Generation (featuring Lupe Fiasco) - This song finds KRIT linking up with another one of this generations best lyricists, Lupe Fiasco, over another ill instrumental full of pianos, guitars and the sound of thunder. The beat is nice and the rhymes from both emcees are conscious and full of meaning, as should be expected from these two. Dope. - 4/5

16) Mt Olympus (Reprise) - The original "Mt Olympus" track was released earlier this year and it was absolute fire, with KRIT just spazzing out over a cinematic instrumental and putting himself on the top of the rap industry. The reprise featured here on the album is not quite as good as the original ( mainly due to the beat being changed up due to sample clearance issues), but this is still really dope. - 4.25/5

17) Lac Lac (featuring A$AP Ferg) - The final song on the album was also released a few months back as part of the "Week of K.R.I.T." series and it's real nice, with KRIT and A$AP Ferg rhyming over a smooth self-produced instrumental. I'm not sure if this was the best track of the "Week of K.R.I.T." series, but it was definitely one of the better ones, so it's nice to see it included here as a bonus track. - 4/5

I'm going to rate the album

4 / 5

because it's got some really great material on it. I must admit that I was one of the people who was disappointed with "Live From The Underground", but KRIT definitely stepped it up on this album. The majority of the beats are fire, with KRIT providing a little bit of everything over the course of the album. You've got your soulful instrumentals, your trunk-rattling bangers, your spaced-out funk and everything in between. As far as the rhymes go, you know KRIT is going to come correct and he does. As usual, he has a few tracks with him just having fun and rhyming about his car, some more introspective and conscious tracks, and then a few cuts where he is just going off lyrically. While it's not quite as strong as some of his mixtapes, it's definitely a step up from his last album.


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