INTERVIEW: K.R.I.T Conversations Part 2

F or part two of our interview with the Mt. Olympus rapper, he answers some questions from #KRITtalk and speaks on hip hop in the south. Check it out below:

That’s awesome. So…Let’s get to the Twitter questions!

Aw Lord, aw shit. [Laughs]

So, one of our Twitter followers wanted to know how the MTV Music Generator helped to start your career?

Aw man, that was the first thing I ever made beats on. So, back then beats were probably like $100 and I was like 13. My pops wasn’t gonna buy a $100 instrumental for me. But, it showed me how to… It took me not only from rapping and making beats , but going out of my way to record my beats into machinery. Figuring out how to record myself. I think that was the beginning that I started becoming self-sufficient.

Right, because it’s more organic when you do it yourself.

Oh man, yeah. That way if you don’t like it or if it doesn’t sound good , nobody ever has to hear it. And you can spend as much time as you want on it.

I feel you. Somebody else wanted to know, if you would ever do a collab project with Big Sant.

We already on that though. Multi Alumni is  a group. They ain’t got to worry about that. We’re a group and we always been a group, you know what I’m saying? But, we also believe in making a name for ourselves as solo artists as well. So, that’s what’s been the hold up on the group project.

Now out of all five of your projects, and I’m talking about from Last King

Good Lord.

To Cadillaictica, if you could five songs that are your favorite , what would they be?

In my album, Live from the Underground? It would be “Live from the Underground Reprise” , “The Vent” , “Country Shit” , um “Something” , and… That’s so difficult the last one. “Praying Man” with BB King.

I could see that because I was reading interviews and you were really hyped to be working with BB King.

I mean, I’ll never be able to do that again. That’s one of those things that I did in my career that I think will surpass through music. I’ll be able to sit down when I’m older and be like “ I actually recorded a song with somebody that my grandmother looked up to.” He’s an American music icon. You can’t dream that shit.

If you create another dream collaboration, who would it be with? Because I heard you were a Paramore fan, which I wasn’t expecting…

Well the lead singer, she’s from Meridian, Mississippi. But, it would probably be Outkast. Outkast would definitely be…yeah.

You were out in Atlanta for #ATLast, how was that?

Yeah, Bun B brought me out on stage to do “Country Shit”. I haven’t been nervous nervous doing “Country Shit” since 2010 ,but I was super nervous. I was like “ Oh, this is the day I cannot forget these lyrics.”

Speaking of Bun B, if you could choose your favorite Pimp C verse, what would it be?

Uh, “HighLife”. His “High Life” verse.

How do you feel about New York artists kind of using Southern influenced beats and mimicking southern flow and style?

At the end of the day, I grew up listening to so much music. What was on the radio, you learned how to make. That becomes the music you enjoy so once you start making music yourself, that’s normally the music that you start to create. ALot of the younger kids now-a-days, you have social networking. So, you can find music that you really enjoy. It doesn’t matter where it’s from. Now, if you’re starting rapping and just beginning, you’re going to immulate what you hear.

That’s how I feel music is going now. There’s people who didn’t grow up necessarily in the DJ Screw mixtape era , but they went and found it. And when they found it , they were so inspired by it that they wanted to create it themselves. I feel like as long as you pay homage to whatever you were inspired by it’s okay . Because music has always been take a little bit from here, take a little bit from there. Sample this, sample that. And you creat your own sound or movement by doing so.

That’s a great answer. You have Two-9 on tour with you, they’re from The South as well. How do you feel about the resurgence of hip-hop in the south right now? I mean there’s OG Maco, iLoveMakkonen, Two-9 , and Raury.  And there’s people in other places that we’ve never heard of yet that are on their way, how do you feel about that? 

Techically, I feel like we never went anywhere. I just think again, you can see it more than you’ve ever seen before because of how  music is promoted. Most artists now-a-days are marketing themselves  and they’re marketing their movement. It’s in a way that it used to be a only a major label could do it.

But now, you have millions of people that if they see something cool, they see something artistic , they’re going to check on it. Then they’re going to find it and they’re going to tell other people about it. We’re in that age where people want to tell people about something, they haven’t heard before.  I think that’s why you’re hearing about so many different artists. 10 to 15 years ago it would have taken you until they had a deal and they had a video on television to hear about an artist.

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Are you a Big K.R.I.T fan? You’re in luck! He’s currently on tour with Atlanta duo, Two-9. Check tour dates here.