Blog Big K.R.I.T. Talks “Cadillactica” and Studio Sessions with Lil Boosie & Jeezy

BkYtBDOCMAEwqvZThe southern-fried, candy paint ‘Lac-pushin,’ big backyard melodies Meridian, Mississippi native Big K.R.I.T. creates in his music always feed fans hungry for something with a little traditional southern twang. Four mixtapes and a debut album deep, the self-proclaimed “King Remembered In Time” is slated to release his sophomore studio album Cadillactica under Def Jam in 2014.

“With Cadillactica, I’ve grown to a point now that it’ll come out when it comes out and express to people why I’m taking so long on it,” Big K.R.I.T. said when reflecting on his past releases. “I’ve had an immense amount of time and I want to do the same with Cadillactica because it’s just as important as anything I’ve ever dropped.”

A recent album trailer revealed that K.R.I.T.’s sophomore album is slated to drop in the fourth quarter of this year. In an exclusive interview with Nah Right, the King Remembered In Time talks about his upcoming album and what we can expect on it, and also speaks about his recent studio time with Lil Boosie and Jeezy and what they mean to him as rap colleagues. In addition, he weighs in on the possibility of a new Outkast album, and expresses his love for an opportunity to—if nothing else—sit in on what the legendary Atlanta duo might create. He definitely has the beats on deck.

Hit the jump to read the full interview…

What’s been up with you non-musically recently?

As far as what I do now non-musically is I have a habit of just trying to get away from music and chill man. I’ve been playing Titanfall a lot and Call Of Duty: Black OpsNBA 2K. And aside from that, just roll around the city and just chilling in my car, listening to music that inspires me from back in the day. Not even really stopping no where, just driving and trying to get the vibe of what it feels like to just have an “against the nation” mentality and just how music make you feel, getting there and just creating it from that perspective. Also man, just enjoying the fact that I put out so much music that we can go to clubs and just kick it. I’m relaxing a lot in between doing music but you know how I am, I’m always just ready.

And speaking of music, Cadillactica will be your sophomore studio album. I think the bigger news surrounding this one obviously is that you’re not doing much of the production on it, but how much are you producing it from a standpoint of a director–maybe not on the boards but saying like, “Yo, I want it like this or I want this sound here,” or whatever?

Well, you know. I’m still involved. The beautiful thing is that I’m able to work with the type of musicians that I’m still able to give them my ideas. It could be a title or just the understanding of what I physically heard for the song that they can create or already have something in that manner. And then, we sit down and brainstorm the best possible idea for the record, because it’s one of those things that if I know that I went and somebody sent me a beat, and I just went crazy on it, I’m going to do what I would naturally do with my own records. I’m trying to take myself clean out my comfort zone, and if I’m going to do a riding song or a song about cars, not do it necessarily in the same realm that most people know of me doing it. I’m going to try to take if further and even with production—with the instrumentals and the beats that people give me—I try not to tell people so much what I want on the track. But even then, I can influence the record to semi-sound like something I would have made by myself. And I want to stay far away from that man, and just get to be an artist and vibe. It’s a blessing to be able to work with so many talented people.

I remember in an interview a while back, around the time you announced that Cadillactica was the title of your next album, you said it would be done when you could ride from Atlanta to Meridian and back and the whole album is smooth and perfect. Are we at or close to that point now?

Yeah, definitely. I would say at this very moment, with the content I have created, I can ride from Atlanta to Birmingham. It ain’t all the way there where I can get from Atlanta to Meridian, Mississippi, but I think I’m close, man. And for me, I feel like I still have a lot of time to create and record and go to different places and see new things that I can kind of implement in my music, but I want to take people on a journey. I always have with a lot of my projects, and they all kind of tie into each other. So this is just another chapter of my journey and my own life.

I know many have been asking you about the pressure of this second album. A lot of people didn’t like the first one as much as say, your mixtapes. I think that’s partly because of your ability to sample without clearing on free projects. Do you feel Def Jam was holding back a full budget for your first one, and is that the same case this time around if that was the case?

I mean nah, I don’t think they were holding me back. I think there was, as far as me doing free content for so long, and then have a turn-around. And it’s retail, and you having a set budget, and that’s what you have to clear a sample to make things happen. I was unfamiliar with a portion of how long it takes to clear samples. And some samples you just can’t clear, so having to deal with that. And then, having the time frame for songs to come out, and promoting the album, and so that’s what I dealt with the first album.

If you look at my first single, “Money On The Floor” came out in September of 2011, but my album didn’t drop until June, so that’s a lot of time to kind of be in limbo with a release date with finishing the album. And then I dropped a mixtape in between, and I devoted so much time to that content as well, but it was easier because I didn’t have to clear samples. So that’s why sonically it sounds so free-flowing, because I wasn’t as concerned as when I was working on the album. I was like, “Okay, I got this sample, I need to get credits, I need to reach out to the person.” And then, you never know if you’re going to use that song or not per se, but in the event that you are going to use that song for the album, you still need to check up on getting it cleared. It’s definitely a different mentality you have to go in with [when you're] making your album.

I was also on tour twice the year I was working on my album. This year, I decided not [to tour], and be in a place where I can solely create and focus all my attention on this one project, not being tired, getting off stage and having to go to the studio, my voice not sounding right. None of that is happening on this one. It’s all, “Hey man, if the sun shining outside, I’m recording.”

Do you feel that you’ve went though a learning experience going fromLive From The Underground to now, Cadillactica?

Ah yeah, definitely. It’s also a different kind of hunger involved, too. You know, I hit a milestone by, in my mind, signing to a major label and being able to drop an album. It’s so surreal that it takes a while for you to come down and realize, “Okay, this is when it really gets real, and I have to focus and drop an album. And so all of that pressure falls on you at some point. You might be in studio, and you’re not just rapping because it feels good, you’re rapping because you got to finish. And people can hear that through the music. It translates. With Cadillactica, I’ve grown to a point now that it’ll come out when it comes out, and express to people why I’m taking so long on it, express to the people the importance of quality, and that when it came to K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and all these projects, I’ve had an immense amount of time. And I want to do the same with Cadillactica because it’s just as important as anything I’ve ever dropped.

I felt it was strange that you didn’t want to produce for the most part onCadillactica and was kind of sad that you weren’t but then I heard you have Organized Noize on this one so I forgave.


[Laughs.] But yeah, what encouraged that decision to almost completely just stick to rapping this time around?

Well, first off I want to say I’m still going to be doing some production on the album. I’m not totally not producing on the album. So yeah, I got to clear that up, after doing Live From The Underground, [and] after doing King Remembered In Time, because I ended up producing that whole project except one record.

The 9th Wonder joint…

Yeah, going in with 9th Wonder showed me something, because I got there, and I had these crazy beats, bro. And I didn’t have to do nothing but write. 9th even recorded. I usually record myself as well. 9th Wonder showed me that it’s okay to ask for help, it’s okay to get out of my comfort zone and create. I also put so much music out there that a lot of these producers I respect know of my content and know of my music, and most of them already have beats they want to play me anyway. You know?

Something unique that you did was the Week of K.R.I.T., where you released a song every weekday of that certain week. What inspired you to do that, and how many of those joints are making Cadillactica, if any?

Nah, all of those tracks that I put out there for K.R.I.T. Week were just for the people. I created those songs specifically for Week of K.R.I.T. Being able to have Rick Ross on it, A$AP Ferg and Smoke DZA, Big Sant [was great], but these were all songs I wanted to give to the people man. I just wanted to give them something. I haven’t dropped a project since April of 2013, and it was just like, “Man, I want people to hear the growth here, and I’m excited again.” I think people can hear in the tone of my voice and the amount of aggressiveness on these songs that I’m excited, I’m ready. It’s several records I produced too so for all the people that want me to produce for myself I did, but none of those songs were for Cadillactica or right now are on Cadillactica. But I know people really liked me clicking with A$AP Ferg, and I’ve been seeing that pop up on radio stations around here. So that’s exciting that people are supporting it like that.

Cadillactica will be your sixth project release. Which project though that you’ve already dropped has been your favorite so far?

Oooh, it’s hard to say.

I know, that’s why I love asking that question to certain artists. [Laughs.]

Alright. [Laughs.] I can break it down like this: K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was my favorite mixtape in the sense of my hunger, because it was like, “This is either going to work or we’re going back home.” And that’s why it had so many songs on it, so many different sounds. It had a West Coast feel, the “93 ’til Infinity” chop in it with me and Curren$y, and it was all that only for a project. I would say Return of 4Eva was musically my favorite one based off of how I sampled, what I sampled, the amount of singing, and the subject matter, from “Free My Soul” to “Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism.”

4EvaNaDay was my most scientific one. I was very proud of that project, because I was able to not stay in the typical lane of making music, but to actually try to make a storybook in itself. And, make every song go together, from what time of day you should play it and how that time of day feels in the warmth of the music and the color hues, and even how I’m rapping and what I’m rapping about.

Live From The Underground is a milestone forever because it’s my first album and I produced it all, man. So I could never downplay that. It has its own position in my career because it definitely did a lot more numbers than people expected it to do, and it gave people what I told them I was going to do, which was never leave the underground, and rap about what I want to rap about. “I’ll feature the people I want to feature,” and that’s what I did. People may not have expected what it was compared to my mixtapes and [may not] feel it lived up to them, but me knowing what I went through to put it out, and then some of the songs on there. Like, the record with B.B. King will stand the test of time.

King Remembered In Time is its own entity. That’s me coming back from the album and tour like, “Hey, let’s do this.” And now we here, man. And withCadillactica, it’s going to be its own monster. And I think people are going to be able to tell with every song.

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#LoveFromTheUnderground: Big K.R.I.T. Photo Challenge For April

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To celebrate Big K.R.I.T. Day 4/4 we are kicking the month of April off with a Big K.R.I.T. Photo Challenge. We have picked a few songs and a few of K.R.I.T.’s favorite things and created a challenge that the fans will enjoy. Post your pictures to Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook and make sure you use the hashtag #BigKRITPhotoChallenge.

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LoStarr “U Don’t Know Me” Ft. Big K.R.I.T.

Today we get a brand new dope track titled “U Don’t Know Me” from Meridian Mississippi’s very own and very talented LoStarr and Big K.R.I.T.. The beat is produced by LoStarr (LoStarr Productions) and both Lo and K.R.I.T. drop off some serious bars for this one. Definitely a number one favorite if you are already a fan of Big K.R.I.T. and your formal introduction to LoStarr.

Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Talks “Cadillactica” Album, Raps Mainstream & More

13942132971Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Week of K.R.I.T.’ impacted the online rap community like an earthquake earlier this month. With monstrous collaborations with the likes of Childish Major, Smoke DZA, Rick Ross and A$AP Ferg, old fans and new fans were talking about Krizzle. There’s no doubt that K.R.I.T. delivered the top-quality beats and rhymes that people trust him to provide.

Next up? His sophomore album, Cadillactica. Yes, like a planet named after Cadillac cars. We caught up with K.R.I.T. to discuss who some of the producers are that he’s bringing in to work with, how this album is different from his past work, whether he’s vying for a mainstream sound, and more. —Max Weinstein

VIBE: Tell me about the new album, Cadillactica. Is it true you’re bringing in other producers?

KRIT: Definitely. After doing Live From The Underground, which was a milestone to be able to produce my first major label album, I did King Remembered In Time, and at that point I really wanted to work with other producers. Just to sit down and be an artist as far as being able to rap and create in that mind state without having to make the beat and mix the record down was dope.

It was also just to learn. I was able to go back to the drawing board and sit down with 9th Wonder, so I could learn and see how he created. Sit down with Jim Jonsin and these kind of people. It inspired me once I got back to making beats, it kind of rejuvenated me as a musician as well.

For Cadillactica, I’m working with DJ Dahi, Jim Jonsin, 9th Wonder, and I’ve been getting it in with this producer Will Power. I’m excited for people to hear the project.

How will this album differ from the music you’ve done in the past?

Totally different [laughs]. Just the growth, man. The fact that I’ve been on tour for so long, I’ve done so many shows. I’ve had the opportunity to be around so many different things that inspire me and I just want to rap about ‘em. Every day it’s something new. So it’s only right that Cadillactica should stand out so far beyond K.R.I.T. Was Here and Return Of 4eva and 4eva And A Day and all these projects just because I’ve gotten older. I’ve figured out a great way to be able to put all my experiences into my music and make it visual. Now, not only am I rapping and singing about it, but it takes you somewhere. I think people are really gonna get that feel with Cadillactica.

What are some of the experiences you’re talking about on the new album?

Aw man, I can’t really talk to you about that [laughs]. Just trying to be as creative as possible, for one. Obviously, people love my music for the honesty and creating great car music that gets you from point A to point B. I’ve finally figured out a clever way of being different with that. Not sticking to the same terminology, not using the same snare or kick drum. I am really challenging myself to create something completely different, something new, and improving upon what I’ve already done.

Cadillactica is all about creating a planet. If I had the opportunity to create a planet—what would a car be called on this planet? What would a slab…how would comin’ down, like if I couldn’t say “comin’ down,” what else would I say as far as riding clean is concerned? All these things are what I’m putting into this album, so I think people are gonna be shocked with how far I can actually take it.

You dropped a couple big records for Week of K.R.I.T.’ including ‘Lac Lac’ with A$AP Ferg and ‘New Agenda’ with Rick Ross. You’ve worked with Trinidad James recently. Are you trying to reach some new fans with more mainstream visibility?

Mmm…I wouldn’t say that. All the songs that I do, normally if I’m creating, I hear the person that I want to put on the record before I reach out to them. It was one of those things where the ‘My Trunk’ record, I thought it’d be perfect for Trinidad. ‘Just Last Week’ wasn’t me trying to venture off and just work with Future because he was poppin.’ I was like, ‘I need Future on this song!’ Or A$AP Ferg, ‘I need A$AP on this song,’ so I’m gonna reach out to ‘em. I still keep my sound involved and it’s kind of tying these two things together. These people always show up and show out on the records that I do choose to put them on. They show love and jump on the records.

For the most part…I’m always gonna be underground at heart, but I want more people to hear the music. I want to create the kind of music so that it doesn’t matter that I’m from Mississippi. So in my mind, that’s what I’m doing, just trying to make timeless music. And if it happens to reach a million people, it reaches a million people.

Tell me about your experience on Def Jam. There was a large period of time between you getting signed and your first album dropping. How has the relationship been?

They really believe in letting me do my thing as far as creative control is concerned and creating the kind of music that reflects on me as an individual. There was a situation with sample clearances, things I didn’t take into consideration at first because mixtapes were my way of putting the music out there. When you’re talking about retail and sample clearances, it’s totally different. The process of dealing with that takes time and we had to do that for Live From The Underground. 2011 is when we geared up my first single in September, but my album didn’t come out until June 2012. A lot of that was because of those sample clearances and having to make sure that this person is like, “yes, you can use that” before you even remotely think about putting your album out. I dealt with that and I know that now, so when it comes to Cadillactica, I’m ahead of the curve with how I’m manauevering and taking care of sample clearances. I’m not wasting any time dealing with that.

But in the same breath, it’s exciting to know that [Def Jam] really believes in what I’m doing and letting me do me. Then we can all sit down at the table and gameplan around that.

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Is Pepsi’s Artist Of The Week

cD04YWVlOGE3Mzk5MTM1NDRjYmNmYzhjNDkzZTkzMTVjNiZnPTc2OWUwNDA4NGM3NjQzNWQ3NWQ5MjM2YzI2MzBmMWQ0Big K.R.I.T. is hip-hop’s quintessential jack of all trades. If you need a beat from him, he’ll supply it. If you need some verses, he’ll seamlessly pen them to your liking. The Southern gentleman wows because of his versatility and endless skillset. With a soulful demeanor he channels from his musical influences and Southern background, K.R.I.T. swims in a lane all his own as one of the more candid and expressive artists of hip-hop’s current state. On mixtapes like K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and Return of 4EVA he instills life into his characters. That’s why Def Jam signed him to release his debut album Live from the Underground in 2012.


In 2013, he dropped his mixtape King Remembered In Time, which was well-received by fans and critics alike. We loved it so much we featured it as a mixtape of the month in April. Later that year he hopped in the studio with Future to deliver “Just Last Week,” displaying that his circle of friends and collaborators in the rap world is wide-reaching. Although King and hasn’t left our rotation yet, last week K.R.I.T. served up a ton of new music for what he deemed the #WeekOfKRIT to get fans excited for his forthcoming studio album. He dropped six tracks including, “New Agenda” featuring a verse from Rick Ross, “Conscious Effort (Freestyle)”“Wolf on Wallstreet”, and “Lac Lac” with a little help from A$ap Ferg. You can look forward to K.R.I.T.’s upcoming full-length CADILLACTICA later this year.


With a strong 2013 behind him, K.R.I.T. is gearing up for an even bigger year in 2014 with his sophomore album on the way. He sat down with us to discuss his new album CADILLACTICA, working with 9th Wonder and B.B. King, his favorite beat ever, why he’s the best NBA2K14 player of all time. Get to know him below!


We want to take it back a little bit. June 5, 2012. Do you remember that date?


Oh yeah man. June 5, 2012 was Live from the Underground date.


There we go. We want you to take us back to that day and describe those initial feelings you had when you saw your debut album hit the shelves.


Man, it was overwhelming. Being an artist and making beats since I was 13-years-old and watching MTV, I think being able to drop a major label album was the goal. To come so far coming from Mississippi and going to New York, making a name for myself, and being on tour, and all those things to where I finally was signed in 2010, to finally dropping my album in 2012, and knowing that people would go and support it because I put in the footwork and built a solid fan base, it was love man.


What made you decide to look towards different producers while developing your second albumCADILLACTICA?


King Remembered in Time was the first time I outsourced another producer and that producer was 9th Wonder. And that record, people loved it. It was so warm. It was different from all of my productions.


I decided with CADILLACTICA to produce the majority of it, but also work with other producers as well, so I could get out of my comfort zone and learn more.  I’ve been working with Terrace Martin, Rico Love, I still haven’t gotten in with 9th Wonder yet, but, I’m definitely planning on it. And, I’m trying to get in with DJ Premier as well. It’s great because there are so many different creative minds in the studio working together for the betterment of the project.

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Names His Top 5 Favorite Atlanta Spots

Big K.R.I.T was on the set of Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz” video shoot when he named his top 5 fav Atlanta spots to visit. Off camera K.R.I.T explained to me his Ruth Chris membership privileges that include a seat every time he arrives, if some one is in his spot they gotta move. He is only 4 years in with his membership card but after 10 years his face will be in the Ruth Chris hall of fame. Some of his other favorite spots include Ocean Prime, Blue Flame strip club, Strokers strip club and Stankonia studios. His top 5 was totally different from Ty Dollar $ign’s. Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” coming soon.

Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Talks #WeekOfKRIT, Outkast Reunion & Thoughts On Boosie Collab

1901643_10152576144326729_1755526778_nA week of all-new music from one of the South’s top spitters is always a good thing, and top it off, HHW recently caught up with K.R.I.T. to get insight on his upcoming album Cadillactica, and thoughts on music in general. 

Check out a few excerpts below:

His definition of underground ….
Underground is in my heart. I’ll forever be that; it’s a thought, hunger, grit, and soul you have in the beginning. For me it’s just holding that and remembering where I came from. I still have the humble mind frame going into making a song knowing that I’m not making it for monetary gain. I’m getting something off my chest and I really want to help people with my music and that’s why I’ll always and forever be underground. But I do want to make the kind of music that’s for everybody so that people no matter where they’re from they can listen to it and it doesn’t matter that I’m from Mississippi they just enjoy the music.

On Twitter requesting a K.R.I.T./Boosie collaboration …
Hell yeah. I had the opportunity to produce “Cake” a song on Bun B’s last album that featured Boosie as well as Pimp C, which for me to be able to remix it and be a part of that process is a beautiful thing but to be able to get in the studio with the homie and create something from scratch or get him on a project of mine would be amazing.

On the upcoming OutKast reunion shows…
I pray an album come out of it. It’s beautiful. It’s definitely a perfect timing situation their music did so much for me as an artist. I’m ready to step back and be a fan because I never got to see them perform live and now I get to do so. I’m excited it’s like being back in high school again.

Peep the full interview in the next issue of HHW Magazine!!

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#WeekOfKRIT: Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” Coming Soon (Trailer) [Directed By: Andrew Litten]

Big K.R.I.T. is about to make a big comeback. The rapper’s #WeekOfKRIT saw him drop a new song every day for one week straight, showcasing features like Rick Ross,A$AP Ferg, and Smoke DZA while knocking out stupefying beats like ‘Egyptian Cotton’ and ‘Steps.’ Now, we’re getting a taste of his next album to wrap things up.

VIBE is proud to premiere the short trailer for his sophomore Def Jam LP, Cadillactica.It’s scheduled to drop sometime in the Fall, but if you peep the quick teaser above, you can hear a snippet of K.R.I.T.’s new direction for the project.

And in case you missed any of his #WeekOfKRIT drops, play catch-up: HERE 

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