Friday

It's the #ReturnOf4Eva ho!

I've been bumpin' Big K.R.I.T.'s latest (and entirely self-produced) mixtape, Return Of 4eva, since it dropped on March 28th. I knew he was good from hearing him on tracks with other artists, including Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa...



...and from downloading his previous mixtape, K.R.I.T. Was Here (2010), but Return Of 4eva tops even that worthy effort.

With his infectious Southern drawl and laid-back, bass-heavy beats, K.R.I.T.'s sound is certainly enticing to the ear. I'm a sucker for accents--I even want my future kids to have an English one for no reason except mommy's entertainment--and K.R.I.T.'s thick-as-molasses Mississippi twang captivates and charms just as much as his beats and rhymes.

He also hilariously drops references to other classic hip hop songs throughout the mixtape, as he does on the hook to "High & Lows" (if you're up on your rap game, you may recall the "All these horny girls wanna fuuu..." line from the Slimm Calhoun ft. Andre 3000 song "It's OK"). You can also hear Project Pat's "Alright, alright, alright, alright" from "Chicken Head" on K.R.I.T.'s "Sookie Now" ft. David Banner, and Andre 3000's doubtful questioning from Outkast's "Miss Jackson" on the retro-sounding "R4 Theme Song." This is one of those rare albums for me where every one of its 24 tracks is worth a listen.

Return Of 4eva leaves no doubt as to why K.R.I.T. was selected as one of XXL's Top Eleven Freshmen of 2011. He is certainly one to watch. Give your ears and bass system a gift and download K.R.I.T.'s free mixtape tout suite (that's French for "with the quickness"):

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