Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Since 2011’s Return of 4Eva I haven’t been as up on Big K.R.I.T. as I should. His debut full-length Live from the Underground was good but not enough to keep me interested. Until he dropped “Mt. Olympus” earlier this year I thought he was just another once-promising southern star whose promise had slipped into major-label limbo.

Enter Cadillactica the quasi-concept sophomore album. Coming from the same planet Outkast flew off to for Aquemini K.R.I.T. seems more comfortable in his aesthetic than ever before. Though he’s switched up his process since Underground (bringing in outside production less reliance on samples) his soft drawl and country-soaked grooves are more potent and refined while simultaneously occupying the same extraterrestrial head-space as his Dirty South forefathers. Though the 15 tracks here contain 11 guests who with the exception of a confused sounding Wiz Khalifa sound right at home over K.R.I.T.’s jazzy bounce Cadillactica is all Big’s show; a lovingly produced and sequenced album.

On the apt-titled cut “King Of The South” K.R.I.T. usurps the throne from anyone who thinks they had a chance. Without slight to any former underground kings no one is staking a heavier claim right now than Big K.R.I.T.