Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica

Posted November 11, 2014

You may not have noticed given the rate at which Big K.R.I.T. churns out stellar mixtapes, but it's been two years since he released a retail album. Now, though, he's unleashed the follow-up to 2012 studio debut Live From the Underground.

Coming on the heels of September's See Me on Top 4, Cadillactica packs a whopping 15 tracks' worth of trunk-rattling material from the Mississippi representative, as well as three bonus songs. Booth-featured (and acclaimed) singles "Lac Lac," "Mt.Olympus" and "Pay Attention" offer just a hint of what's in store on the set, which boasts guest contributions from the likes of ASAP Ferg, Bun B., Common, E-40, Raphael Saadiq and Wiz Khalifa. Production comes courtesy of K.R.I.T., Rico Love and many more.

Cadillactica Album Review

Sweet baby jesus hip-hop heads, the moment is finally here! Cadillactica has arrived!!

I should be jumping over the moon in a joyous, jubilant celebration.

So why do I find myself overcome with anxiety?

You know when you wait so long for something, when you want something so badly, that when you finally get it you don't know quite what to do with it? That's how I feel about Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica; I'm not mentally prepared for this moment. I spent so much time waiting for this album, praying to the hip-hop gods that it would be delivered unto my unworthy ear parts, that now that I can actually put it in my ear parts, I'm not sure I'm ready.

I've written a ton about K.R.I.T. because, simply put, he's one of my favorite artists and his music inspires me. Aside from Kanye, I don't think there is an artist who I write about and listen to more than Krizzle. He is a rare constant in my ever-changing music rotation, and it's not just songs but whole projects. His music matters to me more than almost anyone else's, so how I first hear this album really matters. I need it to be so good I can't wear pants for two weeks straight. I need this to be that album. So I'm kind of scared. What if it isn't? What if, instead of soul samples and aggressive rhymes, K.R.I.T does "Shake It Off Pt.2"? Actually that would be kind of dope, but you get what I'm saying. My expectations for the album are sky high, so I'm scared to actually listen.

Well, that first time has to be some time, right? Waiting isn't going to make the album any different, I gotta sack up and press play. So I made made a little listening station in my living room with all the essentials I would need to make this a proper first listen: my fancy headphones, a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos (chip game proper), my camo snuggie, a little bit of weed and of course Cadillactica.

I'm not going to get any more ready than that. It's time for a "1st Listen Review of Cadillactica."

Read: The 1 Listen Album Review of Big K.R.I.T.‘s Cadillactica

DJBooth Rating - 4.5 Spins

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