Album: King Remembered in Time
Producer: Big K.R.I.T.
Label: Cinematic Music Group,Def Jam
Big K.R.I.T.'s ability to balance loud, southern fried trunk-rattlers about candy paint with introspective songs full of life lessons is why fans stand by him, even after the commercial disappointment of his major label debut, Live From the Underground. He's every bit as much "Crumblin' Erb" as he is "Pocket Full of Stones." After taking time off to diversify his sound, K.R.I.T. returned in April with King Remembered in Time, which included the masterpiece "Bigger Picture." The song, one of K.R.I.T.'s deepest and most intricate, compares a relationship to a work of art. While his companion complains about being neglected and only sees the value of their relationship on a small scale, K.R.I.T. looks at things on a macro level; he considers his relationship with his music just as important to their union as their connection to each other because it's the vehicle to a better life for the both of them.
"Bigger Picture" echoes the heart-breaking lesson that relationships often fail when people aren't on the same page, when one person lives their life in constant pursuit of a lofty goal, especially when that chase leaves their counterpart feeling alienated. Though K.R.I.T. acknowledges his missteps, he prays that the object of his affection understands and eventually accepts that she is what drives his quest for greatness. With laid-back production and references to several artists—Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, even Banksy—the song strikes a nerve with creative types who have lost love in pursuit of success, or anyone who's dated and struggled to maintain a relationship with someone chasing a dream. It also showcases K.R.I.T. experimenting musically, a sign of maturity that compliments the depth of his words. "Bigger Picture" is like a portrait, simultaneously beautiful and sad. —Julian Kimble