About Big K.R.I.T.
Big K.R.I.T. became one of the South's most promising talents in the 2010s by bringing earnest self-reflection, trunk-rattling bass, and youthful energy to a consistently underestimated Southern rap scene. Born Justin Scott in 1986, K.R.I.T. is from impoverished Meridian, Mississippi, a no man's land for commercial hip-hop but a hotspot for rich experiences and personalities. After tinkering with production equipment in his grandmother's kitchen, he released K.R.I.T. Wuz Here in 2010. It would prove to be a stunning mixtape, earning him comparisons to T.I. and Pimp C with its soulful beats and deft raps delivered with a charming Southern drawl. Soon after, he became an instant blog darling with more free album-quality projects. His 2012 major-label debut, Live from the Underground, served as a satisfying stew of Southern heritage, conceptual ambition, and old-soul spirituality. On it, he idolizes his speakers on "My Sub, Pt. 2: The Jackin'" and imagines slave life on the B.B. King collaboration "Praying Man." For his 2014 follow-up, Cadillactica, he welcomed outside producers like Jim Jonsin and Raphael Saadiq, which brought a new depth to his signature sound. By 2017, K.R.I.T. was indie and released double-disc 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, once again wielding his usual techniques to reflect on his flashy, strip club-frequenting rapper persona on one side and vulnerable cuts about love and religion on the other. As the game steadily changes around him, K.R.I.T. merely cements what uplifted him to rap royalty—or better yet, a King Remembered In Time.
BORNAugust 26, 1986