Saturday, November 26
We caught a quick minute with Adversary after he starred at the Red Bull Emsee Challenge DC.
It is rare to find an artist who has both age and wisdom on his side. At just 25 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.
When we sat down with him the afternoon before the Red Bull EMsee Challenge D.C., we were again impressed by how humble and personable KRIT is. We chopped it up on an assortment of topics, including whether Pimp C get's his just due as a lyricist, David Banner, and if he'd listened to more Bone or Wu.