With the double-disc 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, Big K.R.I.T. has delivered what has been the consensus for the best album of his career, and one of the year’s top creative achievements. It didn’t come easy though: it took leaving his major label deal with Def Jam, time out of the spotlight, and surviving a bout with depression. In a conversation with REVOLT, Big K.R.I.T. talked about the sacredness of creativity, his favorite sub, and how he keeps the devil off.
A standout lyric on the album is on “Price of Fame,” where you say, “Justin Scott trapped as Big K.R.I.T. screaming, ‘It’s really me.’” What made you decide to make this a double album and split it into a Big K.R.I.T. side and a Justin Scott side?
I wanted to tell the duality of my life. This superhero confident lyricist musician Big K.R.I.T., and sometimes how it is when I’m at home and I deal with the insecurities, anxieties, and pressures of life. Just the overall want to be happy, the pursuit, and finding out a way to put that on my album and make it sonically sound, the contrast. You can feel the frustration and the transparency in the music. I always wanted to do a double album. I think I’ve been hinting at it for a while. Even on 4Eva N A Day, the cover, I’m letting you know how I deal with life. I like strip clubs, I don’t want to see my sister in one. Most of the stuff that we enjoy doing isn’t good for us. Then I would have trouble sequencing my albums. I would have a really crunk song, and then a really introspective one. The flow would change, and I didn’t want that this time.
On Twitter, you wrote, “my heart and soul was put into this.” How much did your time away from the spotlight help you craft this album?
Tremendously. I spent two years of really working on it, and going from being on the radar to not being on the radar, to becoming an independent artist, to going broke because I was investing all my money into this album. Then realizing, materialistic things wasn’t making me happy. The success that I saw and I wanted had happened, and I wasn’t comfortable with it or happy with it because I was chasing accolades and what my peers had gotten. Feeling like I deserved something I had never asked for in the first place. That I never set out for in the beginning of my career. When it’s quiet, and you’re not moving, and everything seems to slow down and people aren’t paying attention to you, that’s when it seems like you get to know yourself. I had to get to the bottom of it – that I wasn’t just creating for the purpose of people hearing music anymore. I had to get back to that. I had to become confident in what I was creating. There’s nothing wrong with creative criticism, but it can affect you so personally that it destroys your process, and I couldn’t let that happen anymore. The two years I spent were really getting to know myself, burying that person that was in that darkness, then coming out of that and being able to talk in that manner now, and being happy with how things flow. If this is my last project, I’m good with this. I’m comfortable with this one.
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