Big K.R.I.T. Talks "4eva N A Day", Movies, "Live from the Underground" and Recording with B.B. King
Mon, 07 May 2012 06:36:41
"I want to be able to write about everything," declares Big K.R.I.T.
Given his vivid storytelling and flawless rhyming, his new EP 4eva N A Day definitely covers a lot of ground. However, it's only a prelude of what's to come on the full-length, Live from the Underground, due out June 5, 2012. Big K.R.I.T. combines vibrant lyricism with genuine Southern grit. It's rough, raw, and real. At the same time, he's not afraid to push boundaries, and that's what makes him a leader in modern hip hop.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Big K.R.I.T. talks 4 eva N a Day, movies, and so much more…
What's your take on 4eva N A Day as a whole?
A lot of the music is really introspective. I've been out here on the road so it's important I have records that are high energy. With the EP, it's more of an introspective take though. "Man on Fire" is way more aggressive than "Sideline". Still, there's a part of me that gets frustrated with certain things—whether it be life or financially. I think people can relate. At the same time, I don't want to give up. I want to give it my all. A record like "Sideline", you have so many people who believe in what you're doing and they want to see you win too. Sometimes, you slow down, but you have to get up and keep it moving.
Where was "Man on Fire" coming from?
I was feeling really confident in where I was musically and just as a man. However, I was still feeling like I was being overlooked. I'm still trying to get the music out there and I'm facing the frustration in that. Also, it's about dealing with a lot of things socially and in life. People may not believe in your movement and what you're doing. All of that balled into this one record. I'm like, "I understand where I'm going just give me an opportunity".
Does the song reference the movie?
No, but if you go back and watch the movie, you can definitely see the similarity. To be honest, I wasn't thinking of the movie. It is one of my favorites though. I guess it does reference the film subconsciously a little bit [Laughs].
What's the story behind "Red Eye"?
It came from real life experiences, dealing with being on the road, doing music, and trying to hold onto any kind of relationship. Sometimes, people don't understand there's not enough time in the day. You might be exhausted and you're other half or your spouse might not get it. It's one of those records. We all deal with that. It's not just in music. It's in everyday life following your goals. Sometimes, you may not meet eye-to-eye with the person you're with. I felt like touching on that. People know me for having a lot of honesty in my music. I never want to stop putting my life in my records.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Normally, when I write a song, the hook starts first. Going from there, I write the verses. It's important the whole song makes sense. I look up to Biggie and Tupac as great storytellers. It's another part of hip hop as an art form that I take very seriously. Being able to write about a certain topic and make it all tie in from the hook to the verses is the goal. It could be about my life but you take something from the song.
What artists do you always come back to?
Definitely UGK, Outkast, 8Ball & MJG, Scarface and on a soul level we're talking about Willie Hutch, Bobby Womack, and Curtis Mayfield. Those are the kinds of people I repeatedly listen to on my iPod and computer. It gives me that balance and reminds me of the hunger I have. Simply, it also gets my mind off what I deal with in my career.
If your EP were a movie or a combination of movies what would it be?
I'd say Friday Night Lights mixed with There Will Be Blood. That's a great question. I've never been asked that before so I'd say those two movies as of right now. Friday Night Lights is almost getting to a certain point and not quite making it. You have to pick up and start over again. In life, you deal with that all the time. In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Day-Lewis's character has this hunger and passion for what he believes in. Greed got in his way at the end of the day. His attitude is I'm going to make this happen. I don't care what anyone says.
Can you reveal anything about Live from the Underground?
B.B. King is featured on the album on "Praying Man". It's not a sample. He's actually on the album. I got to actually sit in the studio with him. I didn't just send the record to him. It's him playing! I'm exciting because of all the people fit with where I'm trying to go with the music.
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