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The 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

26. Big K.R.I.T., 4eva N A Day

Label: Cinematic Music Group/Def Jam
Released: February 1st

Much of Big K.R.I.T.'s 4eva N A Day feels like the Mississippi MC strolled into a dimly lit jazz club, grabbed the microphone and told the band behind him to follow his lead. Saxophone, guitar and piano swirl in and out of many of the tracks, mixed in with that classic bounce, a worthy companion to K.R.I.T.'s soulful musings on women and Southern car culture.

And when K.R.I.T. isn't speaking on his observations from behind the wheel of an old-school Caddie, he's dropping knowledge on how to survive in the game (“Boobie Miles”) and the plight of the urban neighborhood where there's a gun shop on the same block as the “neighborhood package store.” Mr. K.R.I.T. is wise beyond his years, and 4eva N A Day is his funky gospel.

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