There seems to be a constant debate over whether or not the South, given its continued dominance, is really holding it down (artistically) in rap these days. Some still think of Southern artists as simple, while others would argue that the artistic merits of certain artists have been long overlooked. If this notion holds any truth, one of the first names that might come to mind is BIG K.R.I.T. Return of 4eva is a self-produced tape by K.R.I.T. which dropped in early 2011. The Mississippi rapper has a reputation for beats that knock, while possessing vocals that are reminiscent of early UGK and Outkast. With very few features, apart from standout appearances from fellow Southern natives such as Ludacris, Bun B, and David Banner, Return of 4eva can easily be mistaken for an album, considering the quality of the 21 full-length tracks present. If you’re new to K.R.I.T., and don’t know where to start, I highly recommend “Rotation” and “Dreamin'” as first listens, but the entire project is well worth investing your time in. Enjoy! – Jasmin V.
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