Big K.R.I.T. is on the verge of releasing a remix EP with the band Grillade and leaked a live instrumental version of “Neva Go Back” earlier today. The song is dedicated to K.R.I.T.’s grandmother, Linnie, who he references in detail during the second verse. This is a great track…I’m really impressed with how K.R.I.T and the band managed to blend all of aspects of the music.
Big K.R.I.T. wouldn’t be the man he is today without Grandma Linnie. The same woman he recalls cooking something good for his soul in “Neva Go Back” is responsible for one of K.R.I.T.’s critical characteristics: his gumption. It’s this strength, and respect for tradition that separates K.R.I.T. from his peers, and gives his songs that lasting luster.
This version of “Neva Go Back” belongs to K.R.I.T., Miss Linnie and the members of Grillade, who fill it to the brim with their own memories and melodies. Notice the weightless harmony in the hook. That marriage of instruments sounds like it should be celebrating its 20th anniversary, but in reality, KRIT and Grillade vocalist Ragen Fykes met for the first time that day at Different Fur. Proof that time isn’t the only force tying us together. In this case, its a shared passion, mutual admiration, and good old-fashioned gumption.