Label: Def Jam

“Produced by Big K.R.I.T.” It’s a phrase that appears over and over, on the 16 tracks that make up the Mississippian rapper's 2011 debut album, Live from the Underground, again repeated on the 17 from King Remembered in Time. “Produced by Big K.R.I.T.” It’s always been his vision, his sound that squeaks like hydraulics and fills headphones like comfort food. With Cadillactica, the likes of DJ Toomp, Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Organized Noize, and Chad Hugo are set to break the pattern.

In an interview with XXL, K.R.I.T. said, “I’ll produce a few tracks [but]…for me it’s about really making the best music possible and not just for the sake of producing.” And yet, he sat behind the boards for the first single, “Just Last Week,” teased in April and pushed out at the end of August—sitting on a merry-go-round of a beat, with Future on the hook and bridge. It sounds great! And yet, we're still excited to see how “Produced by Big K.R.I.T.” looks next to the word “with.” —Jeff Rosenthal