There is a sense of pensive melancholy as the wail of Keyon Harrold’s trumpet pushes its way past the Hitchcock-esque piano that sets the tone for “Stay This Way.” With Philadelphia singer Bilal and Southern rapper Big K.R.I.T. contributing vocals, the song asks if euphoric moments are meant to last, or if they’re naturally fleeting.
Keyon Harrold kicks off his Blue Note residency this month with two shows each night, starting Jan. 10 with Bilal and Big K.R.I.T.
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Big K.R.I.T.’s “Dominate” was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys to be their theme song on the field. K.R.I.T. is definitely known for his motivating music, and his music has always been embraced by athletes. Dex Bryant has been a fan of Krizzle’s music for a few years now, making this collaboration a great match.
Big K.R.I.T. had a lot to get off his chest when he stepped into the studio to record “Might Not Be Ok” with saxophonist Kenneth Whalum in July. The 30-year-old rapper was just days removed from releasing his #12For12 freestyle series, but felt compelled to hop back in the booth to address the wave of police brutality cases in America—particularly the tragic July murder of Baton Rouge, La. man Alton Sterling.
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“We all bare of our emotions, but do yours over surface? Do your dreams come true when you give your all? Or do your nightmares worsen? Are you looking for someone that can always call when you’re closing your curtains?”
These are some of the questions WOLFE de MÇHLS asked on his latest self-produced single “Sunset Park,” the latest single off of his debut album NAKED. You can hear the Houston influence in both the production and vocals as WOLFE croons over the smooth production before Big K.R.I.T. hops in and delivers a solid verse.
Nearly 900 people have died at the hands of the police in 2016. According to the Washington Post, 800 of those people were shot to death. With the most important election of this generation looming–and the conversation around the ethics, corruption, morality, and overt xenophobia associated with the presidential campaigns continuing to heighten–SPIN asked politically-minded musicians to speak on issues that matter. For November’s digital cover story, artists will look at police brutality, racial profiling and identity, immigration, welfare reform, climate change, and more, asking: What’s going on?
The following is taken from Big K.R.I.T.’s own words, as told to SPIN’s Andy Cush.
When I stepped onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards last month, I felt anger, frustration, sadness, and hopelessness. It was overwhelming, and it also felt like a blessing. I was performing my verse from a song I did with Kenneth Whalum called “Might Not Be OK,” and I chose to wear a police uniform. Eight bars in, if you didn’t see the uniform, you might not know where the narrative was coming from. “Stop asking questions, why you filming? / You look suspicious, I think you dealing / Step out of the car, fit the description.” It’s that split second when someone’s ready to take your life.
Philando Castile was killed by police in Minnesota, Terence Crutcher in Minnesota, Keith Scott in Charlotte. The NYPD killed a woman with a mental illness in the Bronx just a couple weeks ago. This has always been going on, but now we have videos of it. Now you can see it, and that brings a new energy to any interaction with an officer. As much as you want everything to be okay, you know there are some people who don’t want you to be alive, or to see you doing well. A simple traffic stop could be the end of your life. That’s not what I used to think growing up, when getting pulled over meant thinking, “Aw, man. I don’t want to go to jail.” Now you think, “I don’t want to get killed. What should I do with my hands so that I don’t get killed?”
I’m from Meridian, Mississippi–it’s a small city where everybody knows everybody. Growing up in my neighborhood, you would usually know the police officer on patrol. Maybe he was your friend’s uncle, or something like that. He doesn’t want to see you get in trouble. He’d want to keep you out of those situations. When a kid was outside kicking it, instead of putting him against the wall, an officer might just say, “Hey, go home. I know your mama’s waiting for you.” And it goes both ways: If a person in the neighborhood saw a police officer they knew, they’d say, “Hey, how’s it going? Thanks for keeping us safe.”
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Maybach Music Group releases their “Priorities 5” compilation featuring various artists. Ross recruits Big K.R.I.T. for the hook of his “Freaky Ho” track featuring Juicy J & Too Short. Not only does Krizzle carry the hook, he produced the track also w/ WOLFE de MÇHLS. Check out the track below!
Big K.R.I.T. drops his latest song “Free Agent” today, following up the premiere on “Sways Universe” yesterday. Krizzle sets the record straight about his past, present and future label situation. K.R.I.T. is letting everyone know the game has been the game for him from day one and that he is a FREE AGENT. Krizzle handles the boards of course with additional production from long time collaborator WLPWR. Listen to K.R.I.T.’s declaration of independence below.
“Even when I was signed, it was MULTI TIL I DIE… Proving muthaf***ers wrong every gotdamn time.”
Big K.R.I.T. discusses his departure from Def Jam, performing at BET Hip Hop Awards, the election being a reality show, turning the n word against people that use it and much more with The Breakfast Club.
Big K.R.I.T shook the audience during his powerful 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards performance and talks about it all during his Sway in the Morning interview.
He also opens up about leaving Def Jam records and why he prefers to be independent — Sway points out that up-and-coming artists should pay attention to his moves.
Watch above as he also speaks on why he stopped drinking and how he dropped so much weight.