Big K.R.I.T.

There’s something romantic about Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Na Day EP. Is it southern hospitality? Is that possible in music?

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There’s something romantic about Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Na Day EP. Is it southern hospitality? Is that possible in music?

When I first got into hip-hop I was young, and didn’t really know what it was. It could be MC Hammer or it could be the Run DMC song that was on one of our Christmas music tapes. I didn’t really know until my mom let us kids pick one cd out of the BMG Music catalog. See, back when I was growing up BMG would send you a catalog of albums that they have then you would write the SKU number on a mailing sheet, slap a stamp on it and wait for months for your CDs to arrive.  I’m old.

I don’t know what brought my attention to the back page, reserved for the low selling items. I wrote down the SKU and my Mom clarified that I really wanted this album. I did. Several weeks later after wrestling to get it out of its shrink-wrapped plastic cocoon I placed it in my six-disc changer and threw the headphones on.  And that thing just took over me (get it?). It was Wu-Tang Clan’s Forever. This is 1999. 

Through the years I have tried to avoid the popular rap genre. Most of it I find offensive, not in content - but in style and substance. For every Jay-Z there are a dozen Chamillionaires. Even more upsetting is seeing someone you thought would make it end up deflated, a shell of what they could have been (Shellz, B.o.B.).

When I first came across Big K.R.I.T.  in 2009 I didn’t pay him much attention. Of all the styles of hip-hop, the Southern sound was the hardest for me to digest. I still can't get the image of Terrence Howard in Hustle and Flow out of my headThen about a year and a half ago I heard K.R.I.T. on The Roots track “Make My” and decided to give him another shot. I was missing out. He has the quality that I look for in all my music; vulnerability. He's the real deal.

K.R.I.T. is weeks away from his ‘first’ full-length release (June 5). Get ready.