Similar to the grandeur of the fast life associated with rappers, the concept of death is even more prevalent. Tupac’s fascination with the end still remains likely the most obvious example and one that will always define a large portion of his legacy. For Big K.R.I.T., we only pray he doesn’t meet the same fate, but rather enjoys a long, fruitful career and even longer life. That doesn’t mean the afterlife doesn’t cross his mind on occasion however.
God bless Marvin Gaye man, for real. His “If I Should Die Tonight” ranks as the foundation for K.R.I.T.’s self-produced track harboring basically the same title. The light, yet reflective record showcases the Mississippi upstart harking back to the brutally honest lyrical memoirs which have firmly him planted as one of the game’s finest examples of fresh air. Listen even closer and you’ll hear the ghost of Afeni’s baby boy channeling himself through K.R.I.T. And while this is not tagged as a “Notable Quotable,” I’m still jotting down lyrics anyway.
“If. I. Should. Die.
Just know I went out in a blaze
From some hater plottin’ to kill me
Cause he know that I’m paid
Tell my n!ggas hold they horses, don’t kill pimpin’
I forgive him, you should too, let God deal with him…”
You know what my only regret is as it relates to Big K.R.I.T.? That I didn’t catch on sooner. And The Smokers Club or Waken Baken Tours don’t have one stop in D.C. Who’s the company in charge of this? Explanations are in order.
Look for this on Johnny Shipes’ GoodTalk vol.9 (Curve Your Enthusiasm Edition) mixtape set to drop September 14.
iTunes savvy? Scoop up the mastered version of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here for the archives.
Bonus — 9th Wonder recently heard KWH for the first time. His reaction says it all.