Big K.R.I.T. Produced “Bonnoroo” & “Now” For ASAP Ferg’s “Ferg Forever” Mixtape


ASAP Ferg links up with Big K.R.I.T. again, but this time he recruited K.R.I.T. to produce two songs on his new mixtape “Ferg Forever.” He produced “Bonnoroo” ft. Wynter Gordon and “Now” ft. MZ 007 & Crystal Caines. Download the album today on DatPiff!

Read more → Big K.R.I.T. – “Cadillactica” (Review)

albumIt’s easy to criticize Big K.R.I.T: he’s too Southern, he sounds like Pimp C, he can’t translate his mixtapes into strong albums. Stew on that last point for a second because K.R.I.T.’s debut album, Live From The Underground, seemed to prove all the criticism. But if his Def Jam debut empowered K.R.I.T.’s detractors, Cadillactica offers the rebuttal fans have been waiting for.

Cadillactica, simply put, tells the story of the car from the cover of LFTU. That underlying theme guides the entire album from start to finish. Cohesion in that manner is rare, especially in the post-Internet era of singles-dominant projects. But that is where Cadillactica excels. Even though it’s filled with a diverse set of sounds, ranging from the thumping bass of “King Of The South” to the smooth, mellow “Saturdays = Celebration,” it all fits together, like different dials on a car’s dashboard–each knob serves its own purpose, but all are equally important.

Which shows he’s learned from LFTU‘s shortcomings and applied his newfound knowledge to crafting an album that stays true to the sound that made him famous, but in a way that does not alienate his casual fans. Where he first attempted to bend his music to the mainstream, this time he opts to bring the masses to him. Songs like “Mo Better Cool” and “Soul Food” serve as the body of the car, retaining his unique brand of Southern flavor that makes the album’s sound stand out from the rest of the Hip-Hop landscape.

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

10731870_592267894233170_790730278_nBig K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica, moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 28-year old rapper last debuted atop the chart in 2012 with Live From the Underground (41,000 units). The new set includes a host of featured acts, including Raphael Saadiq and Wiz Khalifa. The second single from the set, “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love, spent a week at No. 24 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart in August.

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Big K.R.I.T. Talks About “Cadillactica” First Week Sales w/ DJ Smallz

Big K.R.I.T. sits down with DJ Smallz, fresh off his first week sales numbers of 44k, his best ever, despite lack of TV and radio promotion and comments on it. He also weighs in on J. Cole’s upcoming new album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”, announced 3 weeks before release with no TV or radio promotion.

Read more → Big K.R.I.T. – “Cadillactica” (Review)

10809718_1495105110770944_273014568_nBig K.R.I.T. Cruises Cadillactica Mashing Outkast’s Stankonia and any 8Ball & MJG album.

Breaking through while maintaining your essence remains the most difficult task in hip-hop. When your major label debut (Live from the Underground) isn’t the critical or commercial success anticipated, an automatic hedging into commercialism generally follows. Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. bucks the trend on follow-up Cadillactica.

From the jump, with “Life,” he ventures deeper into himself:

“Transmission, I missed my mark day one.
I was so close to the sun, I burnt the top off my roof.
I traveled a million miles to uncover what most would doubt.
Although I believe in God, I need proof.”

Standout single, the title track flexes incredible wordplay. Clever bits of hood existentialism show up on the adjoining skit, concerning a questionable drive-thru that offers “low self-esteem, famine, [a DNA test], or a biscuit.” (“Hell nah!”) The Raphael Saadiq-assisted “Soul Food” then brings out the heavy artillery, as the Southern wordsmith pines:

“The acrobats on the corner, they flip.
So when them white vans pull up, shawty, we dip.
Out of view, could’ve been a track star at the school.
But it took the police just to get that .44 out of you.”

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Read more → Song Of The Car – Big K.R.I.T. Sends Drivers To Cadillactica

10802395_769193633151850_564280932_nIt’s only natural that this contemporary Caddy is paired with “Cadillactica” by Mississippi-born lyricist Big K.R.I.T., who came up the old-fashioned way in hard-spitting hip-hop. He first drew widespread attention in 2011, crushing mixtapes and proving his merit through clever verses. Big K.R.I.T.’s transition to album format finds his crisp diction intact, over more polished production notes. His conceptual ode to Cadillac cars draws from classic Southern rap technique that he describes as “Sonic Boom South.” In “Cadillactica,” Big K.R.I.T. gives us a fresh flow as we floss in a make and model that has found its way back to the inter-cadi-llactic highway.

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Covers “Rolling Out” & Proclaims Himself King Of The South

cover_krit-650x829Big K.R.I.T. won’t apologize for what he’s about to do. Dressed in all black with a small gold Jesus-piece draped around his neck, K.R.I.T. places a gold and diamond-encrusted crown atop his head while at White Diamond Imaging studios in Atlanta.

The crown served as more than a wardrobe prop, it was a visual centerpiece to K.R.I.T.’s ambitious declaration. The Meridian, Mississippi, native now believes that he is the true “King of the South.”

But while any rapper could proclaim himself “King,” hip-hop fans must decide if it fits the emcee who hopes to wear the crown. Hours after he donned the gold crown for this edition’s cover, a capacity crowd filled The Masquerade concert hall in Atlanta to witness K.R.I.T. perform the last show of his Pay Attention tour.

After Big K.R.I.T. performed, concertgoers had their say. Once the music stopped, nearly 2,000 fans chanted “King of the South” repeatedly in unison.

Indeed, it was a defining moment that proved Big K.R.I.T. may have legitimate reasoning for proclaiming himself the new wearer of the crown.

Unless you have been totally oblivious to hip-hop in the last 15 years, it’s widely known that T.I. has claimed the “King of the South” moniker. Big K.R.I.T. doesn’t intend to step on any toes, but he believes that this is his time to sit on the throne.

“Coming off of ‘Mt Olympus,’ that was my mind[set],” Big K.R.I.T. said of his decision to proclaim himself “King of the South.” “It was me taking it a step further. It was understanding and feeling that I’m confident in the music I make now and what I’m going to a be doing later on and the quality. Especially on Cadillcactica. I created the planet, why wouldn’t I be the ‘King of the South’? For me, that’s just the beginning of my reign and what I’m trying to do musically. I let everybody know it’s not me trying to step on any OG’s toes and be pitted against anybody. I’m supposed to feel that way. My rap name K.R.I.T. means King Remembered in Time. So people have always called me a king. But now is the time for me to step up and take it further.”

From a lyrical standpoint, Big K.R.I.T. can face off with any rapper of his generation. But to become a true King of the South, he must garner overall respect from the region and remain consistent, like Southern greats such as OutKast, UGK, Scarface, 8 Ball & MJG, Goodie Mob and T.I. He must represent Southern culture while making his vision more accessible to those who’ve never traveled below the Mason-Dixon Line.

“I have to keep making timeless music,” K.R.I.T. says. “Music is the only language that everybody speaks. Before I got in this position, it was always about the music. Just because I got that title [King of the South], that’s just me believing in myself as a man and musician. Everybody should feel like they are a king or a queen at what they do. For me, it’s about putting out the kind of music that heals people, still inspires people to follow their dreams. Getting out in this community and doing as much as I possibly can. Because in the beginning, you’re on the road and touring because you’re trying to get the buzz and get people aware. But I’m at a point where I’m like, let’s just give back and make sure I give other people the opportunity in this music game and let’s spread the love because it’s plenty of it out here.”

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