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Civil Interview: Big K.R.I.T. Talks His New Album and Creating as an Independent Artist

Posted on December 15th, 2017
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Shawn Grant

Big KRIT

You completed your first album as an independent artist. How has that balance of being the artist and businessman been for you?
Big K.R.I.T.: Normally when I worked on an album the business would get in the way of creativity. You are so concerned with the business side, angry with a meeting and wanting that support. This time wasn’t the case. I got a real dope team around me that allow me to focus on the creative and keep me up to date on the business but it doesn’t affect what I do in the studio. It showed in this album. I wasn’t angry or frustrated to put it out. I just was able to finalize it. Instead of trying to work with someone who didn’t understand what I wanted to do, they were with it.

Now that you are operating this way, are you adjusting how frequent you put out music for your fans?
Big K.R.I.T.: For me, it is quality over quantity. I’m really trying to avoid to servicing the music and trying to keep up with the times. It gets dangerous that way. I don’t want to drop something and everybody be like damn, you rushed it. I want to make sure everything is all the way right. Mind you this was the first time I did not come with a mixtape but I felt it was important for the first time that somebody heard me was that it came from this album. This is the new me, how the music sounds. As far as albums go I’m so free that it may make it a little easier to make the music.


You been around for a while and worked with some of everybody now, do you still have dream collaborations? Whether it be in production or rapping?
Big K.R.I.T.: Outkast as a whole, still want to do a record with Adele. Why not? I don’t have one with Kanye yet. No record produced by Timberland. I still want to work with Missy Elliott. Coldplay, to see what that shit sound like. How can I bring their world into mine and what does that sound like? What does that feel like? Do we keep the 808s and bass in? How does Adele sound on a record that will rattle your trunk? I’m curious.

With this tour coming up, what will change on your stage show?
Big K.R.I.T.: We want to make sure it’s all the way right. It’s going to be an experience. Considering it’s a double album and all the content I was performing back then I’m trying to figure out how to bring the old to the now. I don’t want my show to be a medley of all my old stuff because I want to really perform this content and show where I am now in life.

Big K.R.I.T. and CyHi The Prynce’s Heavy Is The Crown Tour Dates are below. Purchase your tickets for your city here.

March 15 – Little Rock, Ariz. – Revolution Music Room
March 16 – St. Louis, Mo. – Ready Room
March 17 – Louisville, Ky. – Mercury
March 18 – Cleveland, Ohio – House of Blues
March 19 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Union Transfer
March 20 – Boston, Mass. – Middle East Downstairs
March 22 – Silver Spring, Md. – The Fillmore **
March 23 – New York, N.Y. – Irving Plaza
March 24 – Norfolk, Va. – The Norva **
March 25 – Raleigh, N.C. – The Ritz **
March 27 – Asheville, N.C. – Orange Peel **
March 28 – Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Signal
March 29 – Nashville, Tenn. – Cannery Ballroom
March 30 – Charlotte, N.C. – The Underground
March 31 – Columbia, S.C. – Music Farm
April 1 – Charleston, S.C. – Music Farm
April 3 – Knoxville, Tenn. – The International
April 4 – Memphis, Tenn. – New Daisy Theatre
April 5 – Jackson, Miss. – Hal & Mal’s
April 6 – Atlanta, Ga. – The Tabernacle
April 7- Atlanta, Ga. – The Tabernacle
April 8- Birmingham, Ala. – Zydeco
April 11- New Orleans, L.A. – House of Blues
April 12- Houston, Texas – Warehouse Live
April 13 – Dallas, Texas – Bomb Factory
April 14 – Austin, Texas – Emos East
April 15 – San Antonio, Texas – Alamo City Music Hall
April 19 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Echoplex
April 20 – San Diego, Calif. – Music Box
April 21 – San Francisco, Calif. – Slims
April 22 – Sacramento, Calif. – Ace of Spades
April 25 – Denver, Co. – Cervantes
April 26 – Omaha, Neb. – Slowdown
April 27 – Minneapolis, Minn. – The Cabooze
April 28 – Chicago, Ill. – Metro

"Heavy Is The Crown" tour with my brotha @1cyhitheprynce + 6 new added dates. #HITC 👑 #4EvaNoDope #weactuallypotnas this gone be a good one 🔥.. Artwork by: @tonywhlgn 3/15/18 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room 3/16/18 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room 3/17/18 – Louisville, KY – Mercury 3/18/18 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues 3/19/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer 3/20/18 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs 3/22/18 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore * w/ Ty$ 3/23/18 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza 3/24/18 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *w/ Ty$ 3/25/18 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *w/ Ty$ 3/27/18 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *w/ Ty$ 3/28/18 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal 3/29/18 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom 3/30/18 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground 3/31/18 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm 4/01/18 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm 4/03/18 – Knoxville, TN – The International 4/04/18 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre 4/05/18 – Jackson, MS – Hal & Mal's 4/06/18 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle 4/07/18 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle 4/08/18 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco 4/11/18 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues 4/12/18 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live 4/13/18 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory 4/14/18 – Austin, TX – Emos East 4/15/18 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall 4/19/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex 4/20/18 – San Diego, CA – Music Box 4/21/18 – San Francisco, CA – Slims 4/22/18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades 4/25/18 – Denver, CO – Cervantes 4/26/18 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown 4/27/18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze 4/28/18 – Chicago, IL – Metro

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