216thetakeover.com Interview Big K.R.I.T. By Kristy SteelePosted 01 October 2010“Superhero in the flesh/Even at my worst I’m the best/For the finish I stretch. When theyadvance me the check/Could’ve bought my way to heaven, but I blew it on my neck./Instead,what you expect when you ain’t have sh*t,/And they ain’t paying half of what you asking/…”The opening lines to Big. K.R.I.T.’s “Hometown Hero”. Lyrics that ultimately landed on repeatfor days, until I discovered “Country Sh*t”.
Being quite new to the Mississippi native, I dug through the Internets deep archive of musiclooking for more. Later stumbling up “The Last King” mixtape from 2009, I combed through the26 tracks with my ears at attention, fearing that like many other artists, the quality woulddiminish after time. Surprisingly, I was hooked on “Send Me An Angel”, taking a sample from70’s rock band, the Scorpion’s. Not many artists can successfully sample a classic, and do thetrack proper justice, thus earning my respect. After the release of ”K.R.I.T. Wuz Here”, I quicklybecame a dedicated supporter of Big K.R.I.T’s movement.Currently on the Smokers Club Tour with Wiz Khalifa, and Smoke DZA, Big K.R.I.T. speakswith 216thetakeover.com about what’s currently happening. Big K.R.I.T. is working on acollaboration project with Yelawolf, and also preparing the release of another free album inNovember. Be sure to get familiar with another member of the new school hip-hop movement.216thetakeover.com: What’s good, how’s the tour going so far?Big K.R.I.T.: The tour is crazy so far, I just got a couple days off. I did the first leg of it with WizKhalifa. Its crazy being out there with sold out shows, and 2,000 people really just coming to seeyou perform, do your thing, and have fun. It’s just an amazing experience.216thetakeover.com: For those unfamiliar with you, and your music, can you give them a littleinformation about what you stand for as an artist, and a man?Big K.R.I.T.: Really it’s just about timeless music. We’re just trying to put out quality musicover quantity. It’s important that there is always subject matter in my content, and that you canalways take something from my tunes. I do produce all my music too, so at the end of the day it’salmost like the songs stick together more because I’m really taking a lot of time to make itperfect for the listener. Especially if I only have one time to grab your ear, I really want to makesure every things all the way right. You can always expect me to be country, to be myself, bereal. Because at the end of the day I’m a human being, I just want to take people on my journeyas far as my life’s concerned.216thetakeover.com: What do you want people to take from your music?Big K.R.I.T.: Really, that they can accomplish anything… dream big. God is real. As long as youtry to give your best to succeed, you’re bound to succeed at it any way. It’s just who’s willing togo the longest, and really rush it.
216thetakeover.com: You’re multitalented, not just an artist but, a producer… Not many artistscan say they’ve produced their own track, such as “Hometown Hero”. Which craft came firstrapping, or producing?Big K.R.I.T.: Rapping came first, just from the lunchroom to the corner store, freestyling kind ofthing. People were like “you’re really good, that’s what’s up, you should keep doing this”. Thentrying to get folks to take you serious, like in the studio it’s an honor to get somebody to producefor you. I started when I was mad young so I couldn’t afford beats. So, I started making beats onMTV Music Generator, a game on PlayStation where you can make beats. It was just it for me. Ican make my own beats, I can rap, record myself, and mix my own songs. It made really kind ofmade me self-sufficient; sometimes you don’t want to depend on other people as far as yourcreative mind frame. You got to get in there, and do it all on your own. Normally I make thebeat, come up with the idea, then put the lyrics down. The beat tells me what I should say; I wantit all to build together. Like if it’s a real playa laid back track, I want my voice and my vocals,my content, and my lyrics to be like real laid back, and playa too. I think that’s what reallymakes a good song, when it all goes together, and flows perfectly.216thetakeover.com: Let’s talk about your most recent project “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here”. The projectwas years in the making. How did you know it was time?Big K.R.I.T.: It was really going to be my last project. I had dropped five mixtapes before that,four of them I had produced all by myself, anyway. So, “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” was like a lasthurrah for me. I was a little fed up with the game, and I didn’t feel like trying to reach, or make ahit. I just wanted to do music that meant something to me. Jonny Shipes reached out to me at theend of 2009, and was like “Yo, rock out with me for, four months, and let’s do something”. Withhim it was just kind of like goin’ hard, getting my footage, making sure my youtube was poppin’,and trying to get the marketing scheme down right. We were able to drop “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here”on a platform were people really got the opportunity to listen, and get a good grasp for who I amas an artists. It’s just came out great.216thetakeover.com: What tracks get the most play from you? What was the thought processbehind those tracks?
Big K.R.I.T.: Wow, probably “Hometown Hero”, “Country Sh!t”, and “Small As A Giant”. Thethought process was really on just making quality music, that really reflected where I was from,and who I am as an individual. I wanted to take people to Mississippi. Being country, and beingproud of it but, also having a lot of lyrical content. People were really trying to put just thirteenor fourteen songs on there. I was like nah, I really have to give them my all. I want to reallycapture their attention so, 19 records is what we put on there. I just really went in, and gave iteverything I had at the time.216thetakeover.com: With the market being flooded with talent, you branded yourself, andcreated a buzz on you own, later to be picked up by one of the hottest labels in the industry. Howdid your deal with Def Jam come together?Big K.R.I.T.: Basically it was hard work. Sha Money he heard the music, really just kind ofwanted to go hard. He brought me into the office, and believed in what was going. Shout out toSha, he definitely has helped broker this situation, and has made sure as an artists, they let me dome.216thetakeover.com: You have a project coming out with Yelawolf entitled “Trunk Muzik WuzHere”. Can you elaborate on some of the details? Who are some of the producers working on theproject with you, and Yelawolf?Big K.R.I.T.: We trying to work on it. For me, and him stuff is poppin’ off real tough for both ofus, as far as tours, and having to grind on the road. So we haven’t had the opportunity to be in thestudio as much we’d like to be. We really need to just get it finished up but, when it does comeout it’s going to be something amazing, I promise. I know Will Power is definitely going to beone of the producers on it, he is an in-house producer for Yelawolf as well. I’ll probably be ableto produce on it here, and there as well. I know it’s going to be jammin’ though.216thetakeover.com: What other projects are you currently working on?Big K.R.I.T.: Good Talk 9 will be coming out soon with Jonny Shipes. I’m also going to dropanother album called “Return Forever”, probably in November. We’re going to give it away justlike “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here”. Me, and my partner Big Sant, who also is on “Return Of Forever” thefirst track on “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here”. Me, and him are a group together called the Alumni, and weare in the works constructing our project now.216thetakeover.com: Who are some of the artists you’re looking to work with in the near future?
Big K.R.I.T.: Yea man, definitely all the legends. Off top… Bun B, Scareface, Andre 3000, Cee-Lo, Goodie Mobb, Dirty Family, 8Ball & MJG. Taking it back to the people I really look up toas an artist. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, people like that.216thetakeover.com: Any words of encouragement or inspiration for upcoming young artists?Big K.R.I.T.: Ya, keep grindin’! Take all criticism, and really use it as motivation in order topush your music out there. You also have to believe in yourself as an individual. A lot of peopleask me about my name (K.R.I.T.) King Remembered In Time. Meaning you have to think you’rea king or, queen at everything you do. Having that kind of mind frame will push you to go ahundred percent harder all the time, at whatever you put your mind to. It’s important to haveyour business mind together, have your lawyer to keep your taxes right, and understand what’sgoing on when it comes to contracts, and business. It is a business at the end of the day, it’snothing personal, it’s a business, and they have to keep that in mind.216thetakeover.com: How can the viewers be in touch with you, and find more of your music?Big K.R.I.T.: Hit me up on twitter @BigKrit, I do try to answer everyone. You can see all of myfootage, and videos on YouTube – BIGKRITtv’s Channel. Just get at me. We’re on myspace,facebook, so I’m on all of them. Any feedback you do give, I try to answer back to.