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Official Single: Big K.R.I.T. “Pay Attention” ft. Rico Love [Produced By: Jim Jonsin]

The Meridian, Mississippi-native debuts his new single “Pay Attention.” Produced by Jim Jonsin, the song features singer-songwriter-producer Rico Love. Cadillactica is on the way. Due later this year via Def Jam Records, Cinematic Music Group & MULTI Alumni.

Artwork By Joe Perez of DONDA

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XXLMag.com: Big K.R.I.T. Names His Favorite Song From An Artist Of His Generation

Big K.R.I.T.:
“Liberation” by OutKast. Man, even Big Boi was harmonizing on that thang. You have so many amazing artists, man—Andre, Big Boi, Cee Lo, Erykah Badu and Big Rude on the poem. It’s one of those records that reminds you that it’s going to be okay. And it just always affected me the same. No matter from the first time I heard it to even when I hear it now, it always has the same effect on me. It’s a very powerful song and timeless music at that.

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DJ Infamous “Somethin Right” Ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Yo Gotti

DJ Infamous continues to make big moves as the veteran Atlanta DJ drops his latest single “Somethin Right.” The record is something of celebration, with Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. and Memphis’ own Yo Gotti lacing the bass-heavy track with boastful rhymes about putting on for the South. K.R.I.T. is behind the boards on this one, and as usually he comes through with soulful production that takes the listener to church. “Somethin Right” follows Infamous’ all-star remix of “Double Cup,” which includes contributions from Ace Hood, Jim Jones, Gotti, and more.

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USAToday.com: Big K.R.I.T. On Playing Baseball, “Cadillactica” & Random Facts

ispysammyRapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. dishes about his baseball playing days, and more.

It’s certainly not uncommon for celebs on the Chop-Up to boast about their athletic prowess back in the day; it is, however, rare that those celebs can back up said dominance with actual facts.

Big K.R.I.T. turned out to be one of the first.

“I actually threw a no-hitter to win the state championship,” said the rapper/producer. “Oh yeah; I was pretty nice now!”

I caught up with Big K.R.I.T. to chop-it-up about everything from his baseball playing days to preparing for his new album Cadillactica to how he dominates at Call of Duty.

Jason Jordan: I know you went to Meridian High (Meridian, Miss.); did you play sports there?
Big K.R.I.T.: Oh yeah I played baseball.

JJ: Were you nice or were you ‘eh?’
BK: (Laughs) Oh yeah I was pretty nice now! Music took over my life later, but before that it was all about baseball. Going pro was something that I was aspiring to do… Now to say if I would’ve been able to go pro, that’s another question. I’d like to think I could’ve made it.

JJ: What position?
BK: Outfield, catcher and I pitched a little bit too.

JJ: Let’s say you were the No. 1 high school baseball player in the country your senior year, where would you have signed on to play in college?
BK: I would’ve gone with the Tar Heels. I always wanted to play at North Carolina.

JJ: Give me your shining moment on the diamond?
BK: I once pitched a no-hitter to win the state championship one year. It was in Biloxi, Mississippi. I remember it like that!

JJ: That’ll get it done; still got it?
BK: (Laughs) Ooh, I haven’t thrown a baseball in years; I might hurt somebody out there.

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Big K.R.I.T. On KUBE 93 Sound Session w/ DJ Hyphen

Before performing at KUBE 93′s 2014 Summer Jam at The Gorge Amphitheatre on 6/17/14, Big K.R.I.T. spoke with one half of the Seattle radio station’s Sunday Night Sound Session crew, DJ Hyphen. The pair talked about K.R.I.T.’s upcoming “Cadillactica” album, the criticism he received for “Live From The Underground,” and the differences in his creative process between mix tapes and albums. K.R.I.T. revealed he’ll be working with other producers on “Cadillactica” and gave us some insight on the tips they shared with him in the studio. Among other topics, he ended by discussing the motivation behind his “Mt. Olympus” track, the South’s ongoing battle for lyrical respect, and the feeling of when fans connect with his music and support on a deeper level.

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XXLMag.com: Big K.R.I.T.’s Favorite Summer BBQ Songs

1168847_730137070342595_1501235653_nSongs: UGK, “Diamonds And Wood”; OutKast, “Elevators”; Three 6 Mafia, “Tear The Club Up”; Will Smith, “Summertime”

Man, boy. Probably UGK’s “Diamonds And Wood,” OutKast’s “Elevators.” Believe it or not—this is a turnt up record—but Three 6 Mafia’s “Tear The Club Up,” for real. [Laughs] And the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” as well, man. It’s just the vibe overall. You grew up listening to these records when you were younger, and you might not have totally understood what they was talking about when you was younger, but now it makes sense more than ever when you’re at the barbecue. Like, yeah, man, that take you way back. Sometimes you need to feel like the way you did before you had to worry about bills or worry about the stresses of the world. So those records take you back to when you could just enjoy your food and enjoy your drink and enjoy the company of your family, man.

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XXLMag.com: Big K.R.I.T. Breaks Down His Single “Mt. Olympus”

Big K.R.I.T. has started building momentum for his sophomore Def Jam album, Cadillactica, later this year, and the songs he’s been releasing have shown that he’s in no mood to suffer the haters this time around. His debut album, 2012′s Live From The Underground, was a solid mix of soul-inflected Southern beats and circular hooks, but he’s received criticism for relying too much on the same type of production crutches on his projects. K.R.I.T., the low-key Mississippi MC with bars for days and the respect and love of the underground, was being picked apart for the first time on a mainstream level. Then came Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” where KDot called out all his contemporaries in the rap game, including K.R.I.T., and laid out a challenge for hip-hop supremacy. Suddenly Krizzle was thrust back into the spotlight as one of the rappers Kendrick “murdered” on his verse, and the humble lyricist took it to heart. Fans found that out after one spin of the first single off Cadillactica, “Mt. Olympus,” which dropped in April. The song—produced by him—is aimed straight at the critics and people who hit him up following “Control,” and re-asserted his claim to the Throne with an unrelenting intensity. Cadillactica is due out this Fall, and K.R.I.T. mentioned during a recent phone call with XXL that it’s close to being completed, saying he’s “getting this planet all landscaped and ready so that people can take it a a real tour around these parts.” And while he’s worked with Southern legends like Bun B and Big Boi in his career, he’s also been in the studio working with Lil Boosie as a producer, either for Boosie’s upcoming double album or for Cadillactica. “Oh man, it was amazing to be in the studio with the OG, man, and to be able to just be a producer—not even as a rapper or artist—but just to be making the music, and being able to vibe with him and how his work ethic is, knocking song after song after song out,” K.R.I.T. said about working with Boosie. “It was amazing just to be able to chop it up with him and hear about everything that he’s gone through as far as his grind and putting out music and the underground and proving himself. It was definitely one of those situations where it was one of those milestones.” With Cadillactica on the way, XXL spoke to the 2011 Freshman to get the back story of “Mt. Olympus” and break it down piece by piece to get to the bottom of that new lyrical fire that has replaced K.R.I.T.’s generous demeanor. It’s real country shit.

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RedClayScholar.com: Why “Mt. Olympus” Proves The South Still Has Something To Say

tumblr_n4vuveI4Ze1txt5omo1_500I’m still walking around with the stank face weeks after listening to Big K.R.I.T.’s “Mt. Olympus.” I’m not quite sure what makes me giddier: the fact that he snapped with his full Mississippi accent on deck or the fact that he completely shut down any doubt of whether or not the south still had something to say. C’mon, folks, you know I had to include the dude 3000 in this conversation, as K.R.I.T. retorts “You tellin’ me I can be the King of Hip Hop/and they wouldn’t give it to Andre 3000?” Indeed, K.R.I.T does have something to say, using his “country-ness” to amplify his unique southern experience within hip hop. “Mt. Olympus” registers as a push back to situating the commercial southern hip hop space as flat and focused on only major hubs like Atlanta. K.R.I.T.’s “Mt. Olympus” is a sharp response to Andre 3000’s 20 year declaration of “the south got something to say!” STILL. He picks up where Andre’s emphatic statement left off 19 years ago.

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