To build up anything it starts with a very strong foundation. A structure or anything built upon unsteady footing, unsteady ground runs the large risk of falling.
With that logic in mind let me tell you a story.
There is a young man from Meridian, Mississippi by the name of Justin Scott. In the music world he went by the name Big K.R.I.T. As fate would have it the name K.R.I.T. is an acronym for King Remembered In Time. This, however, is irrelevant to the story at hand.
He releases mixtapes that are usually received with stellar reviews. One such is K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, released in May 2010. He also guest stars on other mixtapes, further adding to the foundations of something greater to come. But the best of his mixtapes was to come…
Let us list some of those mixtapes that served at the beginning, the catalyst for his most acclaimed work to date:
-See Me At The Top-Released July 20, 2005
-See Me At The Top II-Released December 21, 2005
-Hood Fame-Released August 11, 2006
-See Me At The Top III-December 10, 2008
-The Last King-Released May 15, 2009
-K.R.I.T. Wuz Here-Released May 4, 2010
In 2011 he was featured as XXL Top Eleven Freshmen of 2011 alongside others such as Meek Mill, Cyhi Da Prince, Lil’ Twist, Yelawolf, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil’ B, Kendrick Lamar, and Diggy Simmons.
March 2011 also saw the release of the highly anticipated Return of 4eva. The mixtape was acclaimed by rap critics across the board.
William Ketchum of HipHopDX called it “emotive, conceptual music” and said that Big K.R.I.T. has given fans a “free album”-the magazine’s highest praise for a mixtape.
Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine highlighted Return of 4eva in his mixtape review column as “the best mixtape of the month”, going on in a separate review to call it “the rap album to beat in 2011”.
Both go so far as to say that Big K.R.I.T.’s production skill is amazing as well as his lyrics and flow, each naming him the likely successor to Southern rap legends UGK, Scarface, and OutKast.
And the foundation has been set.
All that is left is to build upon it.
This year marks the release of K.R.I.T.’s debut studio album entitled Live From The Underground.
With a strong foundation built and no big bad wolves around to blow the house down, he may build it and live happily ever after.