Blog The Big K.R.I.T. Episode

King Remembered In Time makes his second Combat Jack Show appearance. On the eve of his 2nd Def Jam album ‘Cadillactica’, which drops November 11, 2014, K.R.I.T. talks about his growth as an artist, surviving his debut album “tanking”, touring with Macklemore, separating his professional and private life, being called out on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” and why he’s about to shake up the game as he claims the south as his kingdom. This time around, I’m doubling down on this Mississippi native.

Read more → Music As Therapy For Big K.R.I.T. On “Cadillactica”

10632342_1464011887211551_20226352_nLately, Big K.R.I.T. has been listening to soul greats Curtis Mayfield and James Brown. He’s also bumped the music of Southern hip-hop pioneers who bear their influence. “[UGK]‘s Ridin’ Dirty is playing every day at my house,” K.R.I.T., 28, says. The point, he says, is to remember exactly why those crucial artists motivated him to start rapping when he was 19 and hailing from Meridian, Mississippi (population: 41,148)—and even team with a few of them (8Ball & MJG, Devin the Dude, UGK’s Bun B, B.B. King) for K.R.I.T.’s 2012 debut Live from the Underground.

One of his newer songs makes no secret of why K.R.I.T. felt it necessary to reflect on his musical roots. “Mount Olympus,” also the first single of his sophomore album Cadillactica, serves as a fiery hip-hop manifesto in which K.R.I.T. refuses outright to reckon with Southern hip-hop trends of the moment: “Thought they wanted trap, thought they wanted bass/Thought they wanted molly, thought they wanted drank/Fuck these niggas,” he snaps at the hook.

Starting October 2 in Charlotte, N.C., K.R.I.T. will tour with rowdy hip-hop collective Two-9 to promote Cadillactica, which is out November 11. Despite what “Mount Olympus” indicated, though, his new album won’t focus as much on the current hip-hop climate. “I would never say that hip-hop sucks,” he says. “I would say that I can bring something different to the table. I’m actually rapping from a place that a lot of people may not have been to before, so it’s important for them to understand that the music is going to feel different—but it’s worth it.”

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Read more → Big K.R.I.T. Talks Bobby Womack, Artisitic Growth & The Planet Cadillactica

Big_KRIT_02_School_0354-FINALIt’s been over two years since Meridian, Mississippi’s own, Big K.R.I.T. released his major label debut album, Live From The Underground, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. Last year he dropped the well-received mixtape, King Remembered In Time and he’s been hitting the road with the likes of Macklemore and Talib Kweli. The fourth installment of his See Me On Top series just hit the internet last week and his new album, Cadillactica is slated for release this November. Although he’s currently gearing up for his Pay Attention tour with Two-9, Young Krizzle to the time to talk with us about life in Meridian, musical influences and artistic growth, among other things.

You are a very soulful artist. It comes out in your music. Who were some of your early influences and who introduced you to that kind of music?

I would say that my father was the first person to play Geto Boys and NWA around me. He had tapes and I remember he was really into electronics. He had a lot of old cassette players and things of that nature and he was the first to really introduce me to that. I didn’t find out about Outkast until I was riding around with one of my first cousins. I would attribute my grandmother to putting me onto the blues and soul music. Like James Brown, B.B. King and people of that nature. So growing up, I had a wide range of things I could pick from. When I got to an age where I could start buying my own CDs and turn the radio onto what I wanted to hear, that’s when I started discovering Willie Hutch, Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, UGK, Three 6 Mafia and Eightball & MJG. That was the beginning of me listening to music in a way where not only was I entertained by it and influenced as a person, but I wanted to know how it was created in that manner.

That’s kind of how I was. When I was 15 or so, I started listening to the oldies station on AM radio and hearing songs that had been sampled for the rap I was listening to on the FM stations. I’ve been hooked ever since.

It’s so many jewels and things you just pick up on a random radio station. A lot of obscure samples came from only having one vinyl record pressed up, maybe one single. The songs that never really, really blew up…sometimes have some of the most amazing melodies and backgrounds and riffs.

I have family in West Alabama, right on the border and anytime I’m there, we go the Bonita Lakes Mall in Meridian. I’m familiar with the area and years ago when someone told me that a cat from Meridian was spitting rhymes, I had to check it out.

Most people have to ride through Meridian to get to Jackson or Biloxi, so they probably have rode through Meridian and didn’t even know it.

What was life like in Meridian coming up?

It was very humbling. I had the opportunity to be raised by a lot of elders. It was the “It takes a village to raise a child” mentality. Both of my parents were very active in my life, even though they weren’t together. They always wanted me to follow my dreams. My grandmother was very passionate about me following my dreams and doing what I wanted to do. Ultimately, she was scared about me venturing into the music industry just because of stories she had heard growing up, but she played a big part in how I am as an individual and a man. She was born in 1923 and she instilled a lot of morals in me that carried over into how I am now. Not only as a musician, but as a human being. I think people can hear that in my music and in the music I actually like to sample. Meridian is one of those places that reminds you how the small and simple things in life can be enough. To me, the days go by slower than in some major cities and I had the opportunity to kinda enjoy my childhood in a certain way. There was a lot of time to sit back and reflect on what you wanted and how you planned on getting it and I’m blessed to have been in a situation to actually have that kind of upbringing.

The video for “I Got This” was shot entirely in Meridian?

That was definitely Meridian. For me it was important to show people that my city was a city and that it wasn’t horseback and dirt roads. I know people hear that I’m from Mississippi and they have some sort of idea of what kind of city it is and that’s not even really the case. I just wanted to show that I’m from a city and we’re thriving.

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tumblr_ncol3jmEfJ1rybkoto1_500How do you balance being a Christian and being rapper today?

I pray and I’m human. I’m not perfect at all but I want everyone to succeed and be happy.

In what direction do you see your music going in the next 10 years?

Soulful I pray

What is your favorite old school?

Monte Carlo 86’

What college football team are you for?

Mississippi State

What is your favorite UGK song?


Four years ago, you performed at the Highline Ballroom in NYC and some of the crowd start booing you. How did that impact your career?

I realized everybody gets booed eventually. I was still so excited to perform that I couldnt hear the negativity.

Is Erykah Badu on the album?

No but Good Lord I def plan on work with her.

Who is your celebrity #WomanCrushWednesday?

Mara Hruby

If you could ask Pimp C one question what would you ask?

How would he handle labels and social networks in 2014

What’s your favorite track to perform? and why?

I love performing “The Vent” because I wrote it for my grandmother. I felt like I needed to update on where I was in life.

What are some of your favorite plugins in ProTools?

I love xpand , battery , ominesphere , trillian , I rewire reason , and ableton.

Did you have any rap aliases before Krit?


Did you feel any pressure in creating cadillactica because of some of the negative reception that “Live From The Underground” received?

I learned alot while working on “Live From The Underground”. Sample clearances and roll out plans is what separates mix-tapes & albums. I worked on “Cadillactica” with the mind to not sample as much and focus on creativity. Dealing with business and trying to create never mixes for me.

Your grandmother was and still is a crucial influence in your life. Do you remember the exact moment it hit you that she is and will always be the greatest influence in your life? (Whether it be something she said or did).

All those times she encouraged me to follow my dreams no matter what. She was the first person to introduce me to B.B. King.

What singer would you like to create an album with?

R.I.P. Willie Hutch, ill post one of his songs right now

IF YOU COULD HAVE BEEN IN ANY GROUP IN THE 90′S… WHICH WOULD IT BE: Geto Boys, UGK,Outkast, 3-6 Mafia, 8 Ball & MJG, Goodie Mob.

In a perfect world all of them but if I had to choose one it would be UGK


Read more → 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

Download: HERE

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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