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TheBoomBox.com: Big K.R.I.T. Talks His Love Life, “Cadillactica” & More

IMG_0568With his second studio album, ‘Cadillactica,’ under his belt, Big K.R.I.T. has reached a milestone. The producer and rapper from Meridian, Mississippi pulled off a major feat by collaborating with artists who influenced his sound while growing up. Bun B, Devin the Dude, E-40 and Raphael Saadiq embraced his project with open arms, working with him without a second thought. “I have so much respect for them,” he tells The Boombox.

With songs like ‘Mt. Olympus’ and ‘Soul Food,’ K.R.I.T. shed his ‘King of the Underground’ persona by creating his own lane as a conscious rapper with hand-crafted beats, which are as elevated as his lyrical content. Since November 2014, Krizzle has been promoting this album and making his rounds on his Pay Attention tour, all while using his platform as an artist to address issues from racism to his rap counterpart’s lyricism. Even with all of the industry politics, the MC has managed to remain true to his brand and stick to his goal of putting the backwaters of Mississippi on the map.

We recently got the chance to chop it up with K.R.I.T., and the conversation covered a range of topics from his personal life (he opens up about his girlfriend) to his rap career (why he chose to take a different route). Find out which rapper he wants to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, why he wants people to be aware of the world around them, his connection with J. Cole and what he feels about the future of hip-hop.

The Boombox: On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,’ you wore a shirt that read, “Across cultures, darker people suffer most. Why?” Explain the importance of that statement and why you felt viewers should see it?

Big K.R.I.T.: In today’s society and with what’s going on in the world, you have to be conscious and aware of what’s going on. That shirt I wore has a quote from Andre 3000 and it’s actually part of his line — you know one of the jumpsuits. It was one of the quotes that really spoke to me because it’s one of those questions you have to ask yourself: “Why throughout cultures do darker-skinned people have to go through so much?”
People are always judged… So posing that question surrounding a record like ‘Soul Food,’ I just felt like it was perfect. It was something that was good for your mind, body, soul and spirituality. I felt like it was a powerful quote and it would make people talk amongst themselves as well.

There were a bunch of solid hip-hop albums that came out in 2014. Which new album is your favorite besides your own?

I really dug [J.] Cole’s album, man. I actually got to hear it before a lot of people heard it. Just to listen to where he was trying to go and where he is going with music… being able to still make the kind of music that moves and touches people. Normally, people are like once you get to a certain point in your career people feel like you done went mainstream or you make commercial records because you have a deal. But it’s good to know that artists like us, we can still make the kind of music that no matter how much is required people can still feel it.
People still understand that we genuinely want to help people with the music. I think his album conveyed that a lot. Then sonically being able to hear his growth — because you know he produces music like I produce music — so I can definitely hear the growth in his music as well as his lyrical content. That’s always important as artists, we take the listeners and our supporters on this journey and we have to grow up and let our fans grow up with us. We make the kind of content that is timeless because we aren’t really trying to ride a wave

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Trinidad James “Black Man Pt. 1″ Featuring Big K.R.I.T. (Prod. By: Raak)

Trinidad James and Big K.R.I.T. come together again for their 3rd collaboration(“My Trunk,” “Game”), this time for James’ new mixtape “No One Is Safe.” The song is produced by Raak and background vocals are contributed by Kyra Korchak.

“I know life is not perfect and I know we get everything we deserve but the only thing that gets to me is TIMING. Rip Donovan aka “Nut” Brown middlE…..”- Trinidad James

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DJBooth.net: Big K.R.I.T. Is The Peoples Choice For Best Emcee, Best Album & Best Song of 2014

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BEST SONG: Big K.R.I.T. “Mt. Olympus”

Big K.R.I.T. is arguably one of the most underrated and unappreciated emcees to gain attention out of the new school of rising artists, but to our readers, he’s the top dog. It’s fitting that his song, titled “Mt. Olympus,” would take home the Best of the Booth Award. Mount Olympus is regarded as a place of peace and power, casa to the Greek Gods, and throne of Zeus.

BEST ALBUM: Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica”

Every time Big K.R.I.T. drops a body of work, it’s like going down south to visit your country cousin for the summer. Old-school Cadillacs, soul food, blistering basslines, all the qualities that screams dirty-dirty. K.R.I.T. has a way of encompassing his roots into the essence of his music. This quality is most notable on his latest album, Cadillactica. Fan waited two years for this – that’s nothing compared to the wait for Detox, but still a lengthy period of suspense. Their wait was richly rewarded, in that time frame the Mississippi artist crafted an album with plenty of intricate funk, blasting bump, and incredible lyrics that you will rewind again and again.

BEST EMCEE: Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. sure is a man of the people. The Mississippi native has already taken home the reader’s pick award for Best Song (“Mt. Olympus”) and Best Album (Cadillactica) so it’s only right he takes home best emcee too; DJBooth Nation is nothing if not consistent. Three awards is a lot for one artist, but when you look at the body of work, it’s hard to argue. K.R.I.T has found that rare space where commercial appeal and substance work together in perfect harmony.

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HOT97.com: Big K.R.I.T. Questions The Perception Of Southern Rap & Reveals His Top 5 [VIDEO]

Big K.R.I.T. passed through Hot 97 and got grilled pretty quickly on why he didn’t show up to the station earlier. After the air cleared out Ebro in the Morning’s Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg really broke down the success of southern music and why his music hasn’t gotten the shine he feels it deserves.

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HipHopDX.com: Big K.R.I.T. Is Hip Hop DX’s Emcee Of The Year

Big_KRIT_03_Steps_0749-FINALBefore making Krit Wuz Here as his “last hurrah,” Big K.R.I.T. was going to quit being an emcee. He’d go back home, get a job, and settle in. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. Mere living is a lofty enough goal. But he stuck it out. And after languishing in the waiting room between good and great he dropped Cadillactica on us this year. The applause was deafening on this side. K.R.I.T. had discovered lightness and it was glorious. So much of what made him great was so heavy. He seemed like a lone torch bearer looking for his Olympic flame. And, say what you will, but maybe that “Control” verse allowed him to turn that torch back on to himself. “Mt. Olympus” followed and then the slow, steep world building of Cadillactica. He’d work with other producers, and he’d do less sampling. Sure, all of that happened. But no one told us he’d learn to control the rumbling in his writerly southern soul. That, he’d learn to mix his twin cam with love ballads that were odes to some deeply held belief. The result was a K.R.I.T. that came firmly into his own this year. Still deeply connected to the heritage of ‘Kast and UGK, but with a dash of his own comedy, his own swagger, and (as a clean break) his own thoughts.

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DJBooth.net: Favorite Love Songs Of 2014 – Big K.R.I.T. “Do You Love Me” ft. Mara Hruby

krit-maraSome say romance is dead in the age of Tinder, and they aren’t wrong. My generation will be remembered more for sending nudes via Snapchat and not eternal romance, but that doesn’t mean we are without music that embodies the sacred concept of love.

I’m not afraid to say that I love being in love, so I started to search for songs from 2014 that gave me the feeling of a Jagged Edge “Let’s Get Married,” Pharrell’s “That Girl” and all the sappy songs that at one time left us with thoughts of a special someone with every listen. My search was a tough one. I found songs about lust, songs about thots, songs about heartbreak, and songs that can only be described as sophisticated gibberish. But after a long, strenuous search, I did find a few that kinda met the criteria; I believe they are songs inspired by that indescribable feeling of passion and affection. So here they are my fellow romantics, my five favorite love songs of 2014.

Big K.R.I.T – “Do You Love Me”
They say you never forget your first love, but that’s usually due to a traumatic chain of events that will haunt you until the discovery of alcohol and/or Zumba. The same can be said about your vehicle, it might not be your first, but every man will eventually purchase a car that is extremely dear to their heart. Big K.R.I.T is well-known for being an old-school Cadillac aficionado, but the Mississippi lyricist expresses a deeper level of endearment on “Do You Love Me.” Vocalist Mara Hruby is soulful and tender, and the production has the elegance of a Porsche. DMX never displayed this kind of love and affection for Brenda, LaTisha, Linda, Felicia, Dawn, LeShaun, Ines, Alicia, Teresa, Monica, Sharron and Nicki.

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HipHopDX.com: Big K.R.I.T.’s Top 11 Productions For Other Artists

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HipHopDX visits 11 tracks you may not have known Big K.R.I.T. produced.

Most Hip Hop lovers are aware of what the King Remembered In Time can do on the mic. But many don’t know that the Mississippi emcee has produced tracks for some of rap’s biggest artists like Ludacris, Bun B, 8Ball, and more. Check our list of songs you may not have known Big K.R.I.T. produced.

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Big K.R.I.T. – “Soul Food” Featuring Raphael Saadiq (Music Video) [Directed By: Alex Nazari]

Big K.R.I.T. Releases the visual for his single “Soul Food” featuring Raphael Saadiq. It’s the 3rd video from his major label sophomore album “Cadillactica” and it’s directed by Alex Nazari. It paints a picture of family and good times that seem to be long forgotten in todays society. What Happened To The Soul Food?

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