Blog Big K.R.I.T.’s Still Eyeing A Spike Lee Collaboration

Big K.R.I.T’s second studio album is around the corner, with a November 11 drop date, and the Def Jam rapper is excited to show fans something new this time. He gave us a lil’ taste of what he’s working with the new mixtape See Me On Top Vol. 4, but there’s plenty more where that came from.

K.R.I.T. fans know that the Mississippi artist prides himself on both producing and rapping, so they’ll be happy to know that he expanded his range on Cadillactica.

“I only used three samples on the entire album, which is amazing for me, because people know me to sample a lot,” he told MTV News on the Bet Hip Hop Awards carpet. “For me, it was trying to make the kind of music that sounds like a sample, feels like a sample, had the same amount of grit and soul as a sample — [although] it wasn’t.”

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Big K.R.I.T. Announces “Cadillactica” Release Date: 11.11.14



“[‘Pay Attention’]… [showcases] the bread and butter of Krizzle’s talents, with its hard rhymes and Southern flavor — a love song for the strip club.” (

“[‘Pay Attention’ is the] first official single from his upcoming sophomore LP Cadillactica, where the hackles and the lights are lowered. Assisted by a syrupy chorus from Rico Love, K.R.I.T. takes his eyes off the hip-hop game and places them firmly on a special lady in the club, who’s got all of his attention for four slow-burning minutes.” (Fader)

(Sept. 23, 2014 – New York, NY) Mississippi funk survivor Big K.R.I.T. returns from a long hiatus with a critically acclaimed new single, “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love, produced by Jim Jonsin, that boasts over 1.5 million streams on SoundCloud. The track sets the stage for the November 11th release of CADILLACTICA, K.R.I.T.’s long-awaited second album on the Def Jam/Cinematic label. Earlier this year, K.R.I.T. issued “Mt. Olympus” as part of a week-long campaign of daily advance track releases (including “New Agenda” featur­ing fellow Def Jam artist Rick Ross, and the A$AP Ferg-assisted “Lac Lac”), all from the upcoming CADILLACTICA.

(Meanwhile K.R.I.T., who has released nearly a dozen mixtapes since 2005, dropped See Me On Top Vol. 4on September 16th. In a lengthy review, praised the rapper for “carrying the torch for an older tradition of southern rap that draws its vitality from smoldering funk.” But K.R.I.T. “has also been looking in new directions,” noted, as evidenced by the radio-friendly “Pay Attention” excerpted on the new mixtape. urged readers to “catch the rapper on tour… with Two-9 starting in early October, playing 31 dates in six weeks.” Go to to read the full article.)

CADILLACTICA follows up Live From The Underground (released June 2012), the first official album byBig K.R.I.T., after nearly a dozen self-produced EPs and mixtapes over the previous seven years. Live From The Underground opened to a colossal #1 iTunes Over­all Chart debut and Top 5 Soundscan debut, and was hailed with a rare Entertainment Weekly A- rating as “the best distillation of the South since OutKast’s rule-rewriting heyday.” The album was also boosted by a one-month, 27-city headlining North American summer tour, followed by K.R.I.T.’s European premiere at a half-dozen major festival and club dates, including XOYO in London, and the Boogie Down Festival in Holland.

Critical reaction to “Pay Attention” has been swift and over­whelmingly positive. “All of the ingredients are there,” noted The Smoking Section, “lyrics pointed in the direction of a feminine character, singer/songwriter Rico Love assisting with the song’s sentiments by crooning the hook… the sound doesn’t stray far what works for the 4eva rapper as Jonsin’ creates a soulful, sinewy backdrop that coats the ears.” XXL was equally supportive: “Known for crafting his own beats, K.R.I.T. lets production vet Jim Jonsin curate the mellowed-out instrumental while he attacks the track with bars about be more attentive with bae.”

The Big K.R.I.T. juggernaut began in 2011, when he was a featured artist on MTV’s “Fab 5 Jams” and was also inducted into XXL’s 4th annual Freshman Class lineup. The prede­cessor to Live From The Underground was4evaNaDay, the sequel to returnof4eva. Praising the latter, Spin magazine summed up the rapper’s appeal: “Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. embodies all the best lyrical elements of Southern rap: street wisdom, freaky sex, car culture, sports metaphors, and general weirdness.”

Big K.R.I.T.’s social stats are impressive, with over 550,000 Twitter followers and close to 1 million Facebook fans. His video for “Mt. Olympus” has gathered more than 1.2 million combined views on YouTube; and “The Vent” (from 2011) has surpassed 3.1 million views. From returnof4eva, the video for the “Country Sh*t” remix featuring Ludacris and Bun B has topped 7.1 million YouTube views.

Hailing from Meridian, Mississippi, 24-year old Big K.R.I.T. (born Justin Scott) grew up listening to early R&B records in his Grandmother’s house, and his music reflects those influences: “I’m reintroducing a type of sound from the South that a lot of the newer generation doesn’t know about, and reminding the older generation of what Southern hip-hop used to sound like.” A poet and lyricist since age 14, he was signed to Def Jam by Sha Money XL.


Read more → Sample Of The Week – Big K.R.I.T. “Drinkers Club”

950_1411066512_slide1_73This week, Big K.R.I.T. surprised us by dropping a new mixtape, and included on there was a big new posse cut. “Drinkers Club” featured Juicy J, Rittz and A$AP Ferg, and it’s built around a sample Juicy’s rapped over before. Just like Three 6 Mafia’s “Chickenhead,” “Drinkers Club” samples DJ Jimi’s ’90s hit “Bitches (Reply),” creating an amazing timeline of Southern rap that can be traced through samples.

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Brings Back The Mixtape w/ “See Me On Top 4″(Mixtape Review)

 photo finalfinalfinalfinal_zps80e731c9.jpgI’m one of those people who refuses to get rid of the useless crap I’ve amassed over the years. From lame shit I won at Six Flags to the bike I used when I was 12, it all has to stay. It’s even worse with music. In my iTunes there’s a large section of “various artists” that’s 99 percent from Datpiff-esque mixtapes.

Long before the days of free albums, way back in the mid-2000s, I got most of my music from mixtapes full of DJs yelling and weird remixes featuring artists I never heard of and would never hear again. It was all worth it for those three or four gems. Now, thanks to artists like J. Cole, Wale and the one and only Big K.R.I.T., those kinds of mixtapes have largely been replaced with free albums. Instead of a DJ yelling their name over and over again, we get nothing but pure hip-hop… and we are much better off.

In my humble opinion, K.R.I.T. is one of the emcees responsible for such a drastic, necessary change. While Live From The Underground is technically his only album, his “mixtapes” (4EvaNaDay, King Remembered In Time, Return Of 4 Eva and K.R.I.T Wuz Here) read more like albums. The amount and quality of the free music he has released over the years is unrivaled; some emcees won’t ever have an album as good as any of Krizzle’s “tapes.”

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DJ DiBiase Presents Big K.R.I.T. – See Me On Top Vol. 4 (Mixtape)

 photo finalfinalfinalfinal_zps80e731c9.jpgBig K.R.I.T. surprises fans with “See Me On Top Vol. 4″ hosted by DJ DiBiase.

Artwork by Steve-Ography & Golden Goose Graphics

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1. Intro
2. Big K.R.I.T. – Pay Attention (Snippet) [Ft. Rico Love] (Prod. By Jim Jonsin)
3. DJ Infamous – Somethin Right [Ft. Big K.R.I.T. and Yo Gotti] (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
4. Big K.R.I.T. – Mt. Olympus (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
5. Slim Thug – Just Chill [Ft. Big K.R.I.T. and Big Sant] (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
6. June – Big Pimpin [Ft. Big K.R.I.T.] (Prod. By Teddy Walton)
7. Lloyd – On Call [Ft. Big K.R.I.T.] (Prod. By Slade Da Monsta)
8. Big K.R.I.T. – Mind Fuck (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
9. Big K.R.I.T. – Creep Up (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
10. Rick Ross – Supreme (Remix) [Ft. Fabolous and Big K.R.I.T.] (Prod. By Scott Storch)
11. DJ Funky – Sunshine [Big K.R.I.T.] (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
12. Big K.R.I.T. – Smoke and Mirrors (Prod. By WLPWR for SupaHotBeats)
13. Big K.R.I.T. – What’s Next (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
14. Big K.R.I.T. – Shook Up (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
15. Big K.R.I.T. – Believe Me (Freestyle)
16. Big K.R.I.T. – Riding Low (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
17. Big K.R.I.T. – Riding Dirty (Prod. By Myke Stallone for SupaHotBeats)
18. Big K.R.I.T. – Drinkers Club [Ft. Juicy J, Rittz and A$AP Ferg] (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
19. Big K.R.I.T. – New Agenda [Ft. Rick Ross] (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
20. alt-J – Every Other Freckle (Big K.R.I.T. Remix)
21. FatKidsBrotha (Two-9) – Humble [Ft. Big K.R.I.T]
22. Big K.R.I.T. – Never Going Back (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)

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Alt-J “Every Other Freckle(Remix)” Ft. Big K.R.I.T.

“Every Other Freckle” is the new single by alt-J, released ahead of their follow up LP to 2012’s Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave. The tune is based around a ‘70s southern rock guitar riff, Easy Rider style, but it makes the most of contemporary digital audio workstation software to take unexpected formal twists and turns with each new section. Lead singer Joe Newman’s theatricality and playfulness bring to mind rock opera a little bit, while the song’s diverse instrumentation and moving harmonic parts invoke the carefully composed baroque pop of someone like Harry Nilsson. For this remix, Southern stalwart Big K.R.I.T. hops on for a brief but direct feature early on, masterfully weaving his smooth yet agile flow through just the right pockets in the beat, keeping on the theme of lust for that special someone.

Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Respond To Events In Ferguson

fullThere is no sugar coating what occurred in Ferguson, MO on August 9. Michael Brown’s death is nothing short of a tragedy, and quite frankly, it’s hard to say anything about this heartbreaking event–and those which followed–that hasn’t already been said.

However, it is important to keep the conversation going, to consistently spread conscious and accurate information, and to promote strong, influential voices during a time when so many feel voiceless.

As the protests rage on, now spreading into other states, the Hip-Hop community remains vocal, some taking to the booth, others to social media, and a few to the streets of Ferguson. J. Cole, among one the most vocal figures in Hip-Hop to address Michael Brown’s death, made it out to Ferguson to show support, and also released the cracked-voiced and emotionally heavy track, “Be Free.”

In response to the saddening events, Big K.R.I.T. (pictured above) shared with HardKnock that he’s just glad artists and civilians alike are taking a stand.

“It’s one of those situations where I’m excited that people are finally starting to become frustrated with how civilians are being treated. How young people are being treated. How young black men are being treated, especially the amount police brutality. Coming from where I’m from, there was a lot of things that happened that don’t make it to this level of media. It’s good to see something happen in a city of that nature and people take to it. So many artists are taking to it. So many people are taking stands. And I think now the government has to listen. I think people have to pay attention. And we can’t keep allowing this to happen.”

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Talks “Cadillactica,” Pay Attention Tour & More

Recently, during Ludacris’ 9th annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge, HHS1987 caught up with Mississippi native Big K.R.I.T to discuss his bowling game, his upcoming project “Cadillactica”, his “Pay Attention” tour with Two 9 and more.

As Ludacris’ Celebrity Bowling Challenge was about to kickoff, Big K.R.I.T gave us some insight on his upcoming tour “Pay Attention” featuring Ear Drummas Records signees Two 9. K.R.I.T expects the show to be amazing and full of energy. K.R.I.T elaborated on looking forward to not only dropping new material during the tour, he spoke on having a few tricks up his sleeves.

Before Big K.R.I.T laced up his blowing shoes, we had to find out just what we can expect from K.R.I.T’s upcoming project “Cadillactica”. With Big K.R.I.T fans await the release of his project “Cadillactica” in November, K.R.I.T broke down just what we should be on the lookout for with that project. “A lot of Soul and a lot of growth”, K.R.I.T replied when asked what fans should expect from “Cadillactica”, “It’s definitely lyrical, don’t sleep on me on this one”.

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T.’s “Pay Attention” Is Listed As Rico Love’s Best Hip Hop Songs

10570128_686655191416049_190804517_n“Pay Attention”

Big K.R.I.T. featuring Rico Love
Rico Love: I wanted to give K.R.I.T. something different than what people heard from him. I try to do that for so many different artists. I’ve done records for people—like Meek—that I really thought if they do it, it would take them to a different space. I feel like not many street artists are willing to be vulnerable on records and speak about things that aren’t as tough. But we all have those sides of us; we can’t hide those things.

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