4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

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4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time disc 1.jpg
Studio album by Big K.R.I.T.
Released October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)
Recorded 2016–2017
Genre Southern hip hop[1]
Length 84:48
Label
  • BMG
  • Multi Alumni
Producer
Big K.R.I.T. chronology
Cadillactica
(2014)
4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
(2017)
Disc two cover
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time disc 2.jpg
Singles from 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  1. "Confetti"
    Released: September 28, 2017
  2. "Keep the Devil Off"
    Released: October 6, 2017
  3. "Aux Cord"
    Released: October 20, 2017
  4. "1999"
    Released: February 6, 2018

4eva Is a Mighty Long Time is the third studio album by American rapper Big K.R.I.T., released on October 27, 2017, by BMG Rights Management and Multi Alumni.[2][3] A double album, it is his first full-length release since his departure from Def Jam in 2016. The album features guest appearances from T.I., Lloyd, Bun B, Pimp C, CeeLo Green, Sleepy Brown, Joi, Jill Scott, Keyon Harrold, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Kenneth Whalum and Burniss Earl Travis II.

The album was supported by four singles: "Confetti", "Keep the Devil Off", "Aux Cord" and "1999". 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time charted at number seven on the US Billboard 200, and received generally positive reviews from critics.

Singles[edit]

The album's first single, "Confetti", was released on September 28, 2017.[4][5] The album's second single, "Keep the Devil Off", was released on October 6, 2017.[6][7] The album's third single, "Aux Cord", was released on October 20, 2017.[8][9] The album's fourth single, "1999" featuring Lloyd, was released to urban contemporary radio on February 6, 2018.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.2/10[11]
Metacritic80/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[13]
The A.V. ClubB[14]
Exclaim!8/10[15]
HipHopDX4.3/5[16]
HotNewHipHop84%[17]
Pitchfork7.3/10[18]
RapReviews.com9/10[19]
XXL4/5[20]

4eva Is a Mighty Long Time received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on seven reviews.[12] Emanuel Wallace of RapReviews.com gave the album a perfect score, stating "Big K.R.I.T. does a good job of separating the two personas at the end of the day. If the album was about 5 or 6 minutes shorter, it could have fit on a single disc but perhaps at the expense of the narrative. The double disc format really helps to drive home the point when the listener wants to switch from Big K.R.I.T.'s "Get Away" to Justin Scott's "Keep the Devil Off"."[19] Aaron McKrell of HipHopDX gave a positive review, stating "It does highlight Justin Scott and Big K.R.I.T. in their truest essence; spiritual, witty, and loyal to Mississippi, with overly soulful, southern production. Thanks to 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, Justin Scott has once and for all ensured that his musical legacy is worth remembering."[16] Kyle Mullin of Exclaim! stated: "There are plenty of other highlights to be raved about in 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time's massive tracklist. Do yourself a favour: pick up this LP and immerse yourself not only in its impressive breadth, but also its practically unparalleled depth."[15]

Clayton Purdom of The A.V. Club said, "The tough, chest-beating first disc gives way to a second disc that's just a little too fond of syrupy interludes. But as with his other releases, K.R.I.T.'s signature sincerity reigns supreme."[14] Matthew Ismael Ruiz of Pitchfork noted, "Subwoofers are admittedly very cool, but by volume 4 ("Subenstein (My Sub IV)") of K.R.I.T.'s magnum opus of adulation for the bass speakers, the conceit has worn a little thin. Still bumps, though."[18] Paul Simpson of AllMusic wrote: "4eva Is a Mighty Long Time is a mighty long album, at 20 songs and two brief skits, but K.R.I.T. clearly has a lot to say, and he expresses it with vigor and passion on this ambitious work."[13]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Billboard Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017
47
Clash Clash Albums of the Year 2017
35
Exclaim! Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2017
9
HipHopDX HipHopDX's Best Rap Albums of 2017
6

Commercial performance[edit]

4eva Is a Mighty Long Time debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 album-equivalent units, of which 21,000 were pure album sales.[25] In its second week, the album fell short to number 45 on the US Billboard 200, selling 12,000 equivalent album units (of that sum, 5,000 were pure album sales).[26]

Track listing[edit]

Credits were adapted from Tidal.[27]

Disc one: Big K.R.I.T.
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Big K.R.I.T."Justin ScottBig K.R.I.T.2:52
2."Confetti"
  • Scott
  • Darhyl Camper, Jr.
Hey DJ3:18
3."Big Bank" (featuring T.I.)Big K.R.I.T.3:44
4."Subenstein (My Sub IV)"Mannie Fresh4:03
5."1999" (featuring Lloyd)
Mannie Fresh3:42
6."Ride wit Me" (featuring Bun B and Pimp C)3:34
7."Get Up 2 Come Down" (featuring CeeLo Green and Sleepy Brown)Big K.R.I.T.4:37
8."Layup"ScottBig K.R.I.T.4:20
9."Classic Interlude"ScottBig K.R.I.T.0:53
10."Aux Cord"DJ Khalil3:15
11."Get Away"ScottBig K.R.I.T.4:57
Total length:39:15
Disc two: Justin Scott
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Justin Scott"
  • Scott
  • Abdul-Rahman
DJ Khalil4:00
2."Mixed Messages"
  • Scott
  • Jonathan Priester
Supah Mario4:26
3."Keep the Devil Off"ScottBig K.R.I.T.5:10
4."Miss Georgia Fornia" (featuring Joi)Big K.R.I.T.6:00
5."Everlasting"WLPWR3:23
6."Higher Calling" (featuring Jill Scott)
Supah Mario3:53
7."Weekend Interlude"ScottBig K.R.I.T.0:48
8."Price of Fame"
  • Scott
  • Washington
WLPWR4:14
9."Drinking Sessions" (featuring Keyon Harrold)Big K.R.I.T.5:11
10."The Light" (featuring Bilal, Robert Glasper Jr., Kenneth Whalum and Burniss Earl Travis II)
Big K.R.I.T.4:04
11."Bury Me in Gold"
  • Scott
  • Abdul-Rahman
DJ Khalil4:24
Total length:45:33

Track notes

  • "Big K.R.I.T.", "Get Away" and "The Light" features additional vocals by Rolynne Anderson
  • "Subenstein (My Sub IV)" features vocals by Shanell
  • "Aux Cord" and "Keep the Devil Off" features vocals by Nikki Greer
  • "Justin Scott" features additional vocals by Rolynne Anderson and John Morris Jr.
  • "Keep the Devil Off" is stylized as "Keep the devil Off" throughout the album artwork and promotional material
  • "Bury Me In Gold" features additional vocals by Angie Fisher, Jason Morales and Nikki Greer

Sample credits

  • "Drinking Sessions" contains replayed elements from "I Let Love Slip Away", performed by David Ruffin.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[27]

Performers

  • Big K.R.I.T. – primary artist
  • T.I. – featured artist (track 3)
  • Lloyd – featured artist (track 5)
  • Bun B – featured artist (track 6)
  • Pimp C – featured artist (track 6)
  • CeeLo Green – featured artist (track 7)
  • Sleepy Brown – featured artist (track 7)
  • Joi – featured artist (track 15)
  • Jill Scott – featured artist (track 17)
  • Keyon Harrold – featured artist (track 20)
  • Bilal – featured artist (track 21)
  • Robert Glasper – featured artist (track 21)
  • Kenneth Whalum – featured artist (track 21)
  • Burniss Earl Travis II – featured artist (track 21)

Instruments

  • Markeith Black – guitar (tracks 1, 11, 19)
  • DeJuan McCrimmon – keyboards (tracks 1, 19), piano (track 20)
  • DJ Wally Sparks – scratching (track 4)
  • Sharod Allen – guitar (tracks 6, 8)
  • William Washington – bass guitar (tracks 7, 14)
  • Mike Hartnett – guitar (tracks 7, 15), bass guitar (tracks 14, 16)
  • Keyon Harrold – trumpet (track 7)
  • Chin Injeti – bass (tracks 10, 22), guitar (track 10),
  • Rogét Chahayed – keyboards (tracks 10, 22)
  • Sam Barsh – keyboards (tracks 10, 12, 22), trumpet (track 10)
  • Daniel Seeff – saxophone (track 10), bass guitar (tracks 12, 22)
  • Kyle Crane – drums (track 12)
  • Daniel Tannenbaum – strings (tracks 12, 15)
  • Shedrick Mitchell – organ (track 14)
  • Ryan Kilgore – saxophone (track 14)
  • Willie Jacks – trombone (track 14)
  • Lance Powlis – trumpet (track 14)
  • D Whatley – keyboards (track 15)
  • Jamire Williams – drums (track 21)
  • Robert Glasper – piano (track 21)
  • Kenneth Whalum – saxophone (track 21)
  • Burniss Earl Travis II – double bass (track 21)

Production

  • Big K.R.I.T. – producer (tracks 1, 3, 7–9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21)
  • Hey DJ – producer (track 2)
  • Mannie Fresh – producer (tracks 4, 5)
  • Organized Noize – producer (track 6)
  • Cory Mo – producer (track 6)
  • DJ Khalil – producer (tracks 10, 12, 22)
  • Supah Mario – producer (tracks 13, 17)
  • WLPWR – producer (tracks 16, 19)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[28] 7
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[29] 5
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[30] 4

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