’13 Best Mixtapes #9: Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time

Written By: @Elliottwilson January 8, 2014 @ 10:00 AM EDT


Yeah we had issues with his major label debut, 2012′s Live From The Underground, but when Big K.R.I.T. returns to his mixtape roots, he’s unfuckwitable. Released in April, King Remembered In Time is the Mississippi Man’s tenth mixtape and he sounds as sharp and poignant as ever.

My favorite sequence begins with the anthemic “King Without A Crown,” where Krit spits, “I make my own beats/I write my own rhymes/I grip my own grind/I grip my own grain.” The following “REM” features James Blake’s “The Wilhelm Scream” sample, and Krit defends his place in the rap game. “One album I’m still kicking/Def Jam, tell em I’m still with it/Tell ‘em I’m still winning/Tell em I’m still in it.” Then he addresses fans: “All that still hear me/Pray that they still get it/I feel like I failed y’all/It’s hard to live with it.”

But Krit won’t let the stress get to him. On “Meditate”, he details his battles with alcohol. “To be real I don’t think you feel me at all/Can you hear me at all?/Can you steer me at all?/To the liquor store.” Thankfully Krit comes to his senses by the song’s close. He spoken words: “I’ve still lost, but I love and I’m living/There’s nothing better in this world than to be for sure/And I’m sure, I’m sure enough in what I do, and how I do it.”

Krit retains his strong identity even when collaborating with others. A snippet of “Just Last Week” showed that his Future feature was not like the rest. And don’t scoff at the inclusion of Trinidad James on “My Trunk”, he fits the cruising music correctly and reveals, “Half these young niggas on rims/But my Chevy sit on rallys.”

Like a baseball team in the bottom of the ninth, KRIT has come back like a champion to remind folks of his place in the Southern rap landscape. Remember? Muthafucka this is Justin Scott. Salute!—YN

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  • caseyp

    KING remembered in time

  • Da Business

    Gr8 tape!!!

  • it’s the roc

    No matter how these rankings play out this was the true best mixtape, and one of the very best projects overall, of the year

  • BillyBobJohn

    we already know they gonna put meek nipsey hussle and action bronson over krit like they always do. politics runs this site

  • brodie

    I wonder where New Jet City will rank on this list

    • That Square-Head Nigga Batman

      they missed the boat fam, smh

  • caseyp

    Im with @Brodie new jet city better be top 3… $pitta always with the heat!

  • Public Hairs

    This is ranked WAAAAAAAAAAY too high. This was practically album of the year and it was a damn mixtape. Expect the usual suspects at the top of this list smh.

    • Rick DeHonney

      I’m guessing you meant low?

  • Rick DeHonney

    Lol there were 2 mixtapes that were in a class of their own and they were “acid rap” and “king remembered in time”. Smh @ “Crenshaw” being better than this because Jay liked it. You talking “the marathon” that’s cool but Crenshaw was one of nipseys weaker projects. Still dope but average at best

  • Word

    Honestly forgot this came out but it pissed me off how much better than his album it was.

  • djdoit

    rem is one of krits best songs

  • Yayaya

    None of the mixtapes on the this list should’ve been ranked higher than King Remembered in Time! This was definitely the best mixtape of 2013

  • Eddie Kane Jr.

    This is the best mixtape of 2013.

  • Tec1Nyc

    Mixtape of the Year no doubt!

  • mac

    He has great album. But I feel big krit is a bit one dimensional. there is a bit lack of focus somewhere. typecasted. otherwise this dude is one point with his production. kudos.