Big K.R.I.T. chops it up about the influence Martin Luther King, Jr. had on his music and his approach to sampling records.
In an era when a single's strength is measured in weeks and artists release a lifetime's worth of music in one year, Big K.R.I.T. stand alone. Armed with politically relevant lyrics and peanut butter-smooth production, the Meridian, Mississippi emcee/producer hearkens back to a time in Hip Hop when social commentary and souped-up slabs weren't mutually exclusive topics to be heard on a single song. After six years of perfecting his craft, K.R.I.T. struck it big, inking a deal with Def Jam, headlining tours with Method Man and earning universal critical acclaim for his stellar mixtape Return of 4Eva. And despite the fact that we're only three weeks into 2012, this year is looking like it'll be even bigger for K.R.I.T.; not only is his highly anticipated Def Jam debut Live From the Underground set to drop this June, but he's already got a brand new mixtape 4evaNaDay set to drop this February 20.
Regardless of all the accolades he's received in the past twelve months, Krizzle's not likely to let on that he's in line to become of of Hip Hop's next big acts. Even though the 25-year-old rapper has lent his talents to heavyweights like T.I. and The Roots and even placed ahead of rock god Mick Jagger on Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2011," he sounds more concerned with the unifying powers of music and standing up for his beliefs.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, HipHopDX caught up with Big K.R.I.T. to talk about the Civil Rights Movement's impact in Mississippi, Dr. King's legacy in his music and what fans can expect from
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