Rick Ross “Brimstone” Ft. Big K.R.I.T. [Produced By: Big K.R.I.T.]

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Rick Ross brings Big K.R.I.T. on board for his latest studio album “Hood Billionaire,” for the track “Brimstone.” The track features K.R.I.T. crooning on the hook. The song is also produced by Krizzle. 

Get it on iTunes: HERE

Talib Kweli “Everywhere I Go” Ft. Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T. & Kendra Ross

Talib Kweli puts Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T. & Kendra Ross together to make a melting pot of soulful raps for his song “Everywhere We Go,” from his “The Cathedral” mixtape. J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West are just a few artists supported by Talib Kweli early in their careers. It is with this spirit that Talib launches Javotti Media, an entity designed to develop, promote, and release content from tomorrow’s artists today. 

NPR.org: Stream Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica”

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Big K.R.I.T. isn’t supposed to still be here. Three years ago, the rapper and producer entered the mainstream rap world on the cover of XXL Magazine’s 2011 Freshman class issue — arguably the best ever, including as it did Kendrick Lamar, YG, Mac Miller, Meek Mill and Lil B. More than half of the musicians so anointed then are building laudable, and original, bodies of work. Some of them are also commercially viable. And Big K.R.I.T., without a breakout hit and despite his aversion to bandwagons, is as highly regarded, mentioned and anticipated within the hip-hop world as those more recognizable names. K.R.I.T. seems to be sticking to a formula established by his fellow southerners, UGK and 8Ball and MJG: talent is enough. But if you know the histories of those two groups you’ll remember that it’s no minor miracle their skill and creativity surmounted industry obstacles.

K.R.I.T. comes from Meridian, Miss., which lies 92 miles west of Jackson, home of the Sonic Boom of the South, as he takes care to note. Southern sounds prevail in hip-hop today, but most rappers at the top of the charts don’t present the emotional complexity of their predecessors. K.R.I.T. raps about what many rappers probably want to discuss (spirituality, discrimination, insecurity) but are afraid to. It’s this strain of authenticity that’s cemented his place in the hearts of his fans, even through changes in his production work. After a string of mixtapes, including the pivotal K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and Return of 4eva, he released his major label debut in 2012. Live From The Underground was praised by critics, but some of his fans felt it left something to be desired. What they were missing were the samples he was able to use freely on his tapes — the projects he released free of charge to his audience. Any album he (and Def Jam) wants to sell must go through the clearance (and payment) process. K.R.I.T. dropped another mixtape last year, but 2014 finds him in album mode once more.

Vocally, he’s at the top of his game on Cadillactica. Unlike the million and one responses to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse of last summer, in which the Los Angeles rapper called out his competition by name, K.R.I.T. countered by stepping to the plate and elevating what he does on the mic. Here his delivery is aggressively relaxed, not angry. The chip on his shoulder remains, but it sits comfortably. He goes real quick without ever losing his dignity.

Production-wise — though from that point of view Cadillactica isn’t really comparable to his mixtapes, because the samples aren’t here — K.R.I.T. proves he can work within the system to make records that adhere to his style. He does throw a light jab at Def Jam on “King of the South,” and then he and Raphael Saadiq work a guitar loop through “Soul Food” that thoroughly succeeds in creating the texture of a sample-based record, the kind of song that feels like the front porch on a Sunday afternoon. The songs are structurally sound. We hear chord progression and bridges and the deployment of newly learned techniques.

Other than a couple swings for radio, Young Krizzle has put his soul on tape. While he’s invited more outside producers than ever before onto Cadillactica (Saadiq, Jim Jonsin, DJ Dahi), you get the notion that he’s still at the helm. K.R.I.T. flexes his musical chops especially on the straight up soul records, “Third Eye” and “Angels,” but his calling card remains country rap tunes like “Mo Better Cool” and “Mind Control.” He continues to push his own brand, born and bred in the trunk of a Seville, straight outta the Sip. Unless the label decides to really open that budget and clear more samples, it’ll be difficult to get all the way back to that Return of 4Eva sound, but if growth is the goal, Cadillactica extravagantly achieves.

“Cadillactica” Will Be Available Everywhere Monday, 11.10.14!

STREAM THE ALBUM: HERE

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Big K.R.I.T. – King Of The South (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)

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Pre Order Cadillactica Now. Available everywhere November 10th!

Artwork By Steve-Ography & Golden Goose Media

Official Single: Big K.R.I.T. – “Soul Food” Ft. Raphael Saadiq (Produced By: Raphael Saadiq)

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Big K.R.I.T reminisces on what life was like growing up on his newest single “Soul Food”

With singer-songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq on the hook, K.R.I.T paints a vivid picture of of the times he endured and while sometimes grim and dark, how they pale in comparison to the harshness of modern life.

As always, K.R.I.T.’s grandmother and the knowledge she bestowed on her grandson made its way into the song.

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DJ Infamous – “Somethin Right” Ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Yo Gotti (Music Video)

DJ Infamous has released the video for this street banger “Somethin Right” featuring Big K.R.I.T. & Yo Gotti, off his first mixtape project entitled “Talk 2 Me”. Due out this December 2014 with all original music. We The Best Music Group / Infamy Ent.

A-Villa – “The Colosseum” Ft. Big K.R.I.T., Termanology & Inspectah Deck

From A-Villa:

“The Colosseum” is the ultimate battle arena. And as a song, it represents the battle element of emceeing, with my blaring string & horn driven beat providing the battleground for Big K.R.I.T., Termanology, and Inspectah Deck to showcase their lyrical abilities. It also pays homage to some of the great lyrical emcees that paved the way, such as Big Pun, Big Daddy Kane, The D.O.C, and others… who you hear vocally on the hook.

Sonically, I was inspired by DJ Premier & RZA and you can hear that from the intro, to the scratching, and the Kung Fu movie snippet at the end. Big K.R.I.T. sets the track off lovely with his southern drawl and precise wordplay.

I met K.R.I.T. at a meet & greet before a show he had in Chicago. I introduced myself, told him about my project, and gave him a beat CD. The next day, I got an email with his verse over this particular beat, which I never would’ve thought K.R.I.T. would pick. But it shows his versatility as an artist and his ability to stand out on any type of record.

I then sent it to Termanology, who I’m a fan of and knew he would kill it. But I didn’t anticipate him laying down one of my favorite verses on the album.

Then with Inspectah Deck, I had sent him a different beat and asked for that “Triumph” & “Above The Clouds” type of feel, which he definitely delivered on and made it easy to tie everything together. However, I had lost the scratches I had previously done before my turntables broke. So at the last minute, I had the homie DJ Scend re-do what I had lost. However, he added his own flavor to it and even improved upon what I had originally intended.

Overall, I’m really proud of this song and love everything about it…the concept, the intro, the beat, the beat switch up, the verses, the DJ cuts, and outro. It’s just a hard rap record and is the essence of Hip Hop…good beats & rhymes.

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

Tracklisting:
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.)

Alt-J “Every Other Freckle(Remix)” Ft. Big K.R.I.T.

“Every Other Freckle” is the new single by alt-J, released ahead of their follow up LP to 2012’s Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave. The tune is based around a ‘70s southern rock guitar riff, Easy Rider style, but it makes the most of contemporary digital audio workstation software to take unexpected formal twists and turns with each new section. Lead singer Joe Newman’s theatricality and playfulness bring to mind rock opera a little bit, while the song’s diverse instrumentation and moving harmonic parts invoke the carefully composed baroque pop of someone like Harry Nilsson. For this remix, Southern stalwart Big K.R.I.T. hops on for a brief but direct feature early on, masterfully weaving his smooth yet agile flow through just the right pockets in the beat, keeping on the theme of lust for that special someone.

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Rico Love “Spend It” Ft. Big K.R.I.T.

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Big K.R.I.T. and Rico Love team up again for another banger titled “Spend It,” this time on Rico’s 12 track free album “I SIN.” Check it out below, and download K.R.I.T.’s single “Pay Attention” ft. Rico Love on iTunes.