Updated: Jul 10, 2019
An emcee from the heart who prides himself on his multi-faceted approach to music as a whole. He composes, produces, records, mixes, and masters his own work. Holding critical acclaim and continually reinventing his approach, he was an easy pick for my first "Artistic Influencer" blog post.
Who are they?
Justin Lewis Scott was born in August 1986 in Meridian, Mississippi. He had an early introduction to music lessons playing cello in elementary through junior high school. Getting an early start he produced tracks out of financial necessity while also starting his rap career. Firstly, with MTV Music Generator on the Sony PlayStation. His grind as an independent artist is where he honed his skills as a business man as well as his skills as musician releasing and promoting multiple mixtapes; the most notable being . He was first signed by LA Reid to Def Jam as a major act. LA Reid left the label and subsequently Big K.R.I.T was fighting an uphill battle with new label executives who didn't understand his fan base and their need for physical copies instead of streaming services. In an interview on Hot 97's "Real Late with Rosenberg" K.R.I.T speaks on how he separated from Def Jam, created his label Multi Alumni, and put out his self-funded album "4eva Is A Mighty Long Time"; a 22 track album that is essential to take a listen to. K.R.I.T is set to release his next album, "K.R.I.T Iz Here", on July 12th, 2019 (in 4 days from the writing of this article).
How have they inspired me?
Big K.R.I.T is one of my biggest inspirations in HipHop. He exemplifies the modern day renaissance man working as a composer, producer, lyricist, engineer, and genuine human being. He encompasses the category of artist that I aspire to be. A multifaceted musician with a wide range of musical influences. He has a vested interest in social justice and having integrity in his sonic and lyrical message which he delivers seemingly effortlessly and unapologetically. A goal of mine is to work with him one day in some musical capacity. In conclusion, Big K.R.I.T is set in History as a major influencer of Hiphop and music in general. I am excited to see him continue to make history.