Big K.R.I.T.

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Big K.R.I.T.

It is rare to find an artist who has both age and wisdom on his side. At just 24 years-old, Big K.R.I.T. possesses the musical intuition of an old soul. Hailing from Meridian, Mississippi, K.R.I.T. (born Justin Scott) grew up listening to early rhythm and blues records in his Grandmother’s house and later went on to discover songs by revered soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Bobby Womack. It’s easy to detect these artists and rap legends who have influenced the young MC like 8Ball & MJG, UGK, Scarface and OutKast in K.R.I.T.’s own music which masterfully resurrects the rich heritage of Southern hip-hop in the 1990’s.

“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,” explains K.R.I.T., whose stage name is an acronym for King Remembered In Time. “I was influenced by the third coast as far as Texas, Tennessee, and Atlanta so I was really trying to put all those sounds that I grew up listening to together to make a sound for myself.”

Big K.R.I.T. is the sole producer of his Cinematic/Def Jam Records debut album, Live From The Underground which serves as a testament to his multifaceted musical talent and overall artistic vision. His major label debut is being released on the heels of two critically acclaimed independent releases, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) and returnof4eva (2011) which featured Ludacris, David Banner and Bun B. In addition to receiving starred reviews from Pitchfork and Complex, K.R.I.T.’s growing popularity earned him a spot on the cover of XXL’s Freshman cover in February of 2011 placing him amongst the industry’s most promising newcomers.

“I feel like it’s extremely important that people get to know me on a personal level through my music,” says K.R.I.T. “This is my canvas, it’s my art and I’m really trying to paint pictures the way I see them. I’m creating compositions and not relying so much on 808s and snares. I’m really trying to make timeless music.”

Big K.R.I.T. grew up in a deeply spiritual family and spent a lot of the time in church as a child listening to sermons and occasionally performing in the choir. He started to write poetry and when he turned 14, he started writing lyrics and using his PC to record his first rap songs. “I used to play music out of my computer and rap into the microphone that was connected to a tape recorder,” remembers K.R.I.T. “It was like the most bootleg karaoke machine you could find. I went from doing that to actually trying to get in the studio. It didn’t become super serious until I started making beats and rapping which was around 2000. That’s when I really started to record and drop projects.”

Recording at the time under the name Kritikal, K.R.I.T. changed his name after graduating from high school and moving to Atlanta to pursue a career in hip-hop. He had some minor success as a producer and was able to sell some of his beats, but unfortunately it would be another couple of years until he was able to actually survive off his musical talent alone.

“I wasn’t really making money it was really difficult to survive,” says K.R.I.T. “My phone was shut off and I could only receive calls and one day I was walking down the street with some Ramen noodles and I was like man, I’m finna go back home and work on the railroad. Then, at the end of 2009, Jonny Shipes called me and he offered to work with me for six months with no paperwork.”

Shipes, whose company Cinematic Music is based in New York City, got straight to work with K.R.I.T. and within two months, the burgeoning rapper was able to record and release a series of songs and videos that caught the attention of major label A&Rs. Def Jam’s Sha Money XL, who is responsible for managing the careers of 50 Cent and the G-Unit Records roster, expressed a strong interest in Big K.R.I.T. In the spring of 2010, Sha Money signed the Mississippi MC to Def Jam. “Sha reached out because he heard all of the buzz and the music,” says K.R.I.T. “He definitely believed in me and wanted to be part of our movement. We chopped it up and really figured out the best way for me to stay organic and be myself as an artist.”

In May of 2010, just a month after signing with Def Jam, K.R.I.T. dropped Krit Wuz Herewhich lead to stints opening up for Wiz Khalifa on the Wake & Bake Tour and co-headlining The Smokers Club Tour with Curren$y. In March of this year, K.R.I.T. released his most downloaded project to date, returnof4eva which he recorded as an homage to the type of music he grew up listening to. “Returnof4eva was me being more country, more Southern, more gritty,” he says. “I really wanted to showcase that I could go back into the studio after signing the deal and drop music that was cohesive. I think a lot of people thought Krit Wuz Here was a fluke, soreturnof4eva was my way of building up confidence in my supporters and getting them to go out and buy my album.”

With his first studio album, Live From The Underground, K.R.I.T. stays true to his winning formula. He does so by producing a collection of records that continues to build on the musical history of the South, while simultaneously showcasing his personal beliefs and background in an honest and open way. K.R.I.T. also called upon some of hip-hop and r&b’s heavyweights to bless the album including Anthony Hamilton, Big Boi, Melanie Fiona, Bun B, and 8ball & MJG. The wide-range of collaborations add bass, but also the soulful-harmony that give Live From The Underground its dynamic and exciting feel.

“I’m really taking people in-depth about my relationships and the morals I gained from my Grandmother,” he says. “I go out and do shows and see the type of impact my songs have so it’s important that I say something positive, something relatable. I’m going to touch on a lot of different topics, there will be a lot of uplifting music on there and a lot of music that inspires people to do more right than wrong.”

Confident with where he is as a man and an artist, Big K.R.I.T. is dedicated to creating songs for fans of the music he grew up loving. “I’m forever underground,” he says. “Underground for me is about being more for the people. I’m comfortable with where I’m at in my life and the music that I make. With this album, I really sat down as a producer and as an artist and constructed the best beats possible and came up with the best content possible. It just happens to be underground.”

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Cadillactica

Download Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Cadillactica’ album available everywhere now!

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"Soul Food" ft. Raphael Saadiq

Big K.R.I.T.’s “Soul Food” ft. Raphael Saadiq, Available Everywhere Now. Cadillactica Available 11/10!

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"Pay Attention" Ft. Rico Love

Download Big K.R.I.T.’s new single, “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love

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Live From The Underground

Big K.R.I.T. – Live From The Underground

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4 Eva N A Day (Road Less Traveled Edition)

Big K.R.I.T. – 4 Eva N A Day (Road Less Traveled Edition)

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R4: The Prequel

Big K.R.I.T. - R4: The Prequel

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Returnof4eva

Big K.R.I.T. - Returnof4eva

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Money On The Floor ft. 8Ball, MJG & 2Chainz

Big K.R.I.T. - Money On The Floor ft. 8Ball, MJG & 2Chainz

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Country Sh*T

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"Soul Food"

  Catch Big K.R.I.T’s new video for “Soul Food” of his new album “Cadillactica” above. Stream the album on Spotify here.

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Video: Big K.R.I.T. – The Making of Cadillactica (Episode 3)

In this installment of Big K.R.I.T.’s video blog series “The Making of Cadillactica”, we get a behind the scenes look at the creation of “Soul Food” with Raphael Saadiq. Download Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” album featuring “Pay Attention” ft. Rico Love, “Cadillactica” & “Soul Food” ft. Raphael Saadiq, available everywhere now! http://smarturl.it/cadillactica

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Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” Debuts With #1 Hip Hop / #5 Soundscan Album On Billboard

Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With ‘Cadillactica’…Instrumentation is grander. Soulfulness intact. And wordplay remains grade A…The diversity and focus has paid off, as Cadillactica is K.R.I.T.’s best and most cohesive work to date. – BILLBOARD (Nov. 19, 2014 – New York, NY) Mississippi funk survivor Big K.R.I.T. cruises into the stratosphere with CADILLACTICA, his long-awaited…

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Big K.R.I.T. Goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex

Complex Sneakers takes Big K.R.I.T. down to Flight Club in NYC to check out some of his favorite kicks and talk about his new album Cadillactica, available everywhere now! Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” Available Everywhere Now! http://smarturl.it/cadillactica

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Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica" Album Available Everywhere Now!

Download Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” album featuring “Pay Attention” ft. Rico Love, “Cadillactica” & “Soul Food” ft. Raphael Saadiq, available everywhere now! Click here to download “Cadillactica” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iCadillacticaDlx Click here to download “Cadillactica” on Google Play: http://smarturl.it/gCadillacticaDlx Click here to download “Cadillactica” on Amazon: http://geni.us/aCadillacticaDlx

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"Cadillactica"

Watch Big K.R.I.T.’s new video for the title track of his new album, “Cadillactica” available everywhere 11/10!

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Stream Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica" Album Now on NPR!

Head over to NPR to listen to Big K.R.I.T.’s new album “Cadillactica” now, before it hits stores next Tuesday, November 11th! http://www.npr.org/2014/11/02/359816854/first-listen-big-k-r-i-t-cadillactica

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Big K.R.I.T.'s "Soul Food" ft. Raphael Saadiq Available Everywhere Now!

Download Big K.R.I.T.’s “Soul Food” featuring Raphael Saadiq now instantly when you pre-order “Cadillactica” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/cadillactica or Google Play: http://smarturl.it/gSoulFood now. Big K.R.I.T.’s New Album Cadillactica Available 11/10!

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Big K.R.I.T. - The Making of Cadillactica (Episode Two)

Check out Big K.R.I.T. in the studio working on Cadillactica in part two of “The Making of Cadillactica”. Big K.R.I.T. ‘Cadillactica’ Available November 11th! Pre-order the deluxe version of ‘Cadillactica’ on iTunes & Google Play now! Pre-order the standard version of ‘Cadillactica’ on iTunes & Google Play now!

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Big K.R.I.T. Freestyle on Sway in the Morning

Check out Big K.R.I.T.’s recent trip to Shade 45 to tear down the mic on Sway in the Morning! They talk about his new album Cadillactica and more. Big K.R.I.T. ‘Cadillactica’ Available November 11th! Pre-order the deluxe version of ‘Cadillactica’ on iTunes & Google Play now! Pre-order the standard version of ‘Cadillactica’ on iTunes &…

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"Pay Attention" Ft. Rico Love

Check out Big K.R.I.T.’s new video for “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love off the new album “Cadillactica” available November 11th. Pre-order the deluxe version of ‘Cadillactica’ on iTunes & Google Play now! Pre-order the standard version of ‘Cadillactica’ on iTunes & Google Play now!

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Pre-order Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica" Album Now!

Pre-order Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Cadillactica’ album now! Get the title track single “Cadillactica” instantly when you pre-order on iTunes. Or get the single on Google Play here. Album features “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love & “Soul Food” featuring Raphael Saadiq. Additional appearances by E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Bun B, Devin The Dude, Lupe Fiasco and more! Pre-order…

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CRWN: Big K.R.I.T. (Part 2)

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HotNewHipHop.com: Big K.R.I.T. Talks “Cadillactica” Collaborations And Touring

One of Mississippi’s finest gives us the inside scoop on his upcoming sophomore album. Mississippi’s self-proclaimed “King Remembered In Time” chops it up with HNHH for an exclusive interview about his new headlining tour and his new album Cadillactica. Cadillactica, K.R.I.T. reveals, is a concept album about how the Cadillac pictured on the album cover…

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CRWN: Big K.R.I.T. (Part 1)

Check out part 1 of CRWN with Big K.R.I.T. & Elliott Wilson. We’re proud to release the latest episode of #CRWN with Big K.R.I.T. and Elliott Wilson, presented by vitaminwater®. With his new album Cadillactica dropping November 11, K.R.I.T. shared intimate stories about growing up with his grandma, talked about his struggle as an upcoming…

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Big K.R.I.T. "Cadillactica" Store Now Open!

Check out the official Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” store, now open! Pre-order your Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” Skully, Vinyl and CD packages now. Click here to check out the Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” Store. Big K.R.I.T. ‘Cadillactica’ Available Everywhere 11/11!

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A Day in the Hustle: BIG K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. is in his hustle before the storm down in Atlanta. Check him out in the studio as he preps to go on tour, and then tune in October 7 to see K.R.I.T. get CRWNed in the first part of his conversation with Elliott Wilson. BIG K.R.I.T. ‘Cadillactica’ Album Available Everywhere 11/11!  

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The Combat Jack Show: 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”…

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CRWN with Elliott Wilson featuring Big K.R.I.T. October 1st

We’re proud to announce Big K.R.I.T. for the next #CRWN, presented by vitaminwater®. The interview goes down Wednesday, October 1 at New World Stages on 50th St. between 8th and 9th avenues in New York City. RSVP at CRWN@nueagency.com to see it in person. Big K.R.I.T. is one of the most unique personas in hip-hop…

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Big K.R.I.T. Announces Cadillactica Release Date 11.11.14

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…

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Big K.R.I.T. – The Making Of Cadillactica (Episode 1)

Big K.R.I.T. is getting ready to release another album, but before we get the new project, he gives us Episode 1 of his new series, The Making Of Cadillactica. In the first episode we get a look inside as he records his first single, “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love & Jim Jonsin. Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica”…

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New Music: Big K.R.I.T. "Pay Attention" Ft. Rico Love

Big K.R.I.T. is back again with some new music and this time he brings along Rico Love for his new track titled, “Pay Attention” produced by Jim Jonsin. Take a listen to the full track below. Download Big K.R.I.T. “Pay Attention” Ft. Rico Love Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iPayAttention Amazon: http://geni.us/aPayAttention Google Play: http://smarturl.it/gPayAttention    

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Since 1984: Big K.R.I.T. Released His Debut Album, "Live from the Underground" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 5, 2012, Big K.R.I.T. released his debut album, “Live from the Underground” on Def Jam Recordings. Who’s ready for his next album?

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Big K.R.I.T. - "Mt. Olympus"

Last week, Big K.R.I.T. gave us a brand new track titled, “Mt. Olympus” and today he drops a brand new visual for the track which you can check out above. New Album Coming Soon!

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