Big K.R.I.T. Honors His Mixtape Roots With Upcoming “KRIT IZ Here” Album
Nine years ago, Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer Big K.R.I.T. made one of the most-acclaimed mixtapes of the 2010s courtesy of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The 2010 freebie (later released on CD and vinyl) involved Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Devin The Dude, Smoke DZA, and Krizzle affiliate Big Sant. The release was supported by Johnny Shipes’ Cinematic Music Group and would deliver the underground artist to national attention. Soon after, K.R.I.T. began a tenure at Def Jam Records that lasted for several years. The label re-released “Country Sh*t” as a single, including a subsequent remix featuring Ludacris and Bun B.
K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (hosted by DJ Wally Sparks and DJ Folk) and 2011 freebie follow-up, Return Of 4Eva, represent some of the artist’s most lauded work. In 2019, he has that legacy on his mind. The 32-year-old announced that on July 12, he will release K.R.I.T. Iz Here. In confirming the news to fans, he honored his 2010 body of work featuring original production that included extensive samples, ranging from Adele to Al Green.
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Aye ya’ll, it’s been 9 years since I released “K.R.I.T. WUZ HERE,” and I got one thing to say, K.R.I.T. IZ HERE! Studio album dropping July 12. It’s time! #KRITIZHERE #MULTIALUMNI ? Cover Credits: Artwork by @mihailoandic Creative Direction by @stevenothello Photography by @_sig_
Notably, for this go-round, K.R.I.T. is independent. He has founded Multi Alumni, a label with BMG/Sony distribution. At the top of 2019, the artist released TDT, a collection of eight songs from late last year released in bursts. His last album was 2017’s 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time, which Ambrosia For Heads readers selected as that year’s best work.
#BonusBeat: Big K.R.I.T.’s “Hometown Hero” from K.R.I.T. Wuz Here: