On Saturday night, Shannon and I headed to New Yorkâ€™s Best Buy Theater to watch three of our favorite MCsâ€”Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y Spitta and Big K.R.I.T.. Happy birthday (month) to us! Like our fashion shoot with the Mississippi MC-cum-producer in October, we stole a few minutes with K.R.I.T., born Justin Scott, during the show for a quick chat. For the first time, he saw his name in lights in New York City … next to the phrase “Sold Out.” Fans without tickets were literally standing outside of the venue in tears, but for those who made it inside, the recently freed Wiz Khalifa and K.R.I.T. gave a great performances.
Parlour: Howâ€™s your first performance in Times Square?
Big K.R.I.T.: This is my first time at Best Buy and itâ€™s an amazing experience. When I first ran out there on stage, I was like â€˜OK, letâ€™s go!â€™ But the stage is so long, that I was like â€˜Oh shit … gotta keep going.â€™ But itâ€™s crazy to see a sea of people and to be a part of it, to see the lights and the billboard with my name flashing.
And itâ€™s a sold out show.
Itâ€™s actually been sold out for months.
People are crying outside because they canâ€™t get in.
Really? I saw some people wasted … but those types of things happen at these events. Itâ€™s an amazing experience.
Whatâ€™s your favorite song to perform?
How’s your upcoming mixtape, Return of 4eva, going?
Itâ€™s coming along. Iâ€™m probably going to do ten more songs so I can have a large selection to chose from. Itâ€™s going to have special features on it, Iâ€™m going to produce all of it. Just like Krit Wuz Here, weâ€™re going to drop it for free and see how people feel about it. Be on the look out, maybe December? I just want it to be perfect when we put it out, quality over quantity.
During your Parlour fashion shoot, you were reluctant to smile, but we convinced you to trust us. Is the new grin working with the ladies?
The smile is amazing. To have them in the front row and to do songs like â€œMoon & Starsâ€ and I be all smiles? It helps.
You shot the video for â€œMoon & Starsâ€ recently too?
We did, with Curren$y Spitta and Killa Kyleon. We shot it in Houston and they came out with slabs swangin’, Bun B came out too so itâ€™s going to be a crazy video. In December, weâ€™re going to release the video and the song at the same time.
Are you going to sell the single via iTunes?
No, weâ€™re going to give it away for free Iâ€™m pretty sure. Iâ€™m not really … we can put it on iTunes later on and if people want to buy it they can, but for the most part, Iâ€™d rather them hear it.
Have you decided whether you’d like our relationship columnist, Bun B, to contribute to your mixtape or your album?
Iâ€™d rather keep that for an album. To really get him on the album and be able to chop it up with him and work on a song thatâ€™s classic would be dope just because one, the scheduleâ€™s are crazy. Two, what Iâ€™m doing for Return of 4eva, most of the features Iâ€™ve already got locked in and itâ€™s just easier for me to take care of those and finish up the mixtape. Itâ€™d just be special, like my first major album to drop on Def Jam and I got Bun B on it.
Speaking of your major label debut, howâ€™s life as an artist signed to Def Jam treating you?
Itâ€™s about promoting. Iâ€™m on tour right now, the Waken Baken tour. I did the Smoke Tour in October, 30 dates. Iâ€™m just working like Iâ€™m still independent. Iâ€™m still producing and trying to get placements on other peopleâ€™s albums and staying on it from the ground up. Not much sleep, but Iâ€™m cool with that. Itâ€™s definitely building a legacy, branding myself and living up to my name.