Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.
Big K.R.I.T. is a southern rapper whom I have a lot of respect for. He’s been putting out free mixtape after free mixtape, and the excellent 4eva N a Day is his newest. The album walks us through a life in the day of K.R.I.T.—his thoughts from his first moments of morning consciousness to when he puts his head down to find rest at night. Each soulful track is a peak into his real life—a peek into his worries, doubts, hopes, struggles, and desires.
At the album’s center, and also depicted in the album art, is “Package Store,” a song about addiction, hypocrisy, and temptation. K.R.I.T. paints the picture of pulling up to a package store (or “liquor store” for us West Coasters) one night and seeing a preacher he recognizes conducting himself in a less-than priestly fashion:
Just the other day when I was out at the store
Saw a preacher hella creepin’, trying to bang on a ho
That same mother****** used to bang on my door
Hollering ’bout donations for cause ’cause collections is low
What a difference a day makesWhat about all the effort that a day takes?
The winding road of my uncertainty
That undying feeling of urgency
Did I do all that I could do to ensure my success?
Did I really give my all
And am I really at my best, today?
We are called to live out each day knowing that all of eternity is wrapped up in it. The kingdom is at hand. Forever in a day.