The phrase "album/mixtape of the year" gets thrown around a lot in hip-hop, as does "instant classic." Big K.R.I.T., however, usually manages to make projects that fall into both of those categories. Potential fanboyism aside, this week's It's Better This Way is the perfect mix of smooth Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (even though he trades the Caddy for a bit for a Monte Carlo on "86"), profound messages, and that "Mt. Olympus" hunger that made quite a few people take a second look at the Mississippi lyricist last year.
From top to bottom, even with the random DJ Drama "narration," the project goes. It's thought-provoking, heavy on trunk-rattling production, and brings Ludacris back out in case people missed Ludaversal (which was somewhat overlooked in its own right). Featuring artists such as Young Dolph, Delorean, and K Camp, K.R.I.T. showcases why sleeping on him may be a mistake. I mean, I can't form a coherent review because my mind's been blown by the sheer awesomeness of this project.
Maybe it's better this way, pun intended. So, take a listen, soak up the narrative, and open your mind.