Have you ever been in the kind of relationship that makes you want to sing? By the sounds of Digital Roses Don’t Die, revered Mississippi MC and producer Big K.R.I.T. has. And if he’s not in that relationship at the moment, he’s done his best to immortalize it across a 17-track follow-up to 2019’s K.R.I.T. IZ HERE. Save for maybe “It’s Over Now,” the whole of the project is about how special K.R.I.T. thinks a particular someone is. Love is the message, and he’s pushed his voice to the outer reaches of funky R&B crooning to deliver it.
We don’t actually get a name for the object of his affection, but he details the phases of his infatuation, including crushing (“Just 4 You,” “Cum Out to Play”), courtship (“Southside of the Moon,” “Show U Right”), and full-blown lovesickness (“So Cool,” “Boring,” “More Than Roses”). Moments of actual rapping are few and far between here, but bars reveal themselves in the interludes, each of which contain spoken-word poetry.