Last week, Big K.R.I.T. came to Arizona for the first time, and High Point Shoes (an Arizona Hip-hop boutique) held a private meet & greet for a few fans… I came on a mission. Determined to snag an interview with Big K.R.I.T. because he would be the perfect person to serve as the fourth installment of my Closed Sessions series.
Once I reached High Point, I made my way to the back of the store where Big K.R.I.T. had positioned himself amidst the fitted caps and t-shirts…
Me: “Hey!” K.R.I.T. smiled. Extending for a hug, I blurted, “Do you remember me?!”, as though speaking with a family member after years of absence… K.R.I.T., placed his hand on my shoulder and said, “Now I remember your face, but I’m going to need a little help with that name…”
We laughed. I retorted, “I knew you wouldn’t remember”, and then began mentioning some of our previous interactions during shows at festivals like at SXSW and A3C.
K.R.I.T.: “I know you! You’re that girl who was running Hoop Hang for the Smoking Section…”
Me: “You know what though, you always forget my name.”
K.R.I.T.: “But it’s not intentional mama, sometimes I even forget my own lyrics.”
Me: “Forget your lyrics? You shouldn’t be doing that…”
K.R.I.T.: “I am human, I am flawed, I am no where near perfect, nor will I ever be… Forgetting some things just comes along with the territory. But, I’ve committed your name to memory, and won’t forget you now, I promise.”
We simultaneously broke into a chilled laughter, as Dutch (K.R.I.T.‘s tour manager) asserted how he had never forgotten my name, per all the emails I send… K.R.I.T. adjusted his glasses and glanced down, taking notice of the ginormous knee brace that encapsulated my knee and asked, “What happened to your leg?” I responded, “I tore my ACL.”
K.R.I.T.: “Tore your ACL? Doing what?”
Me: “Playing basketball, I’m a hooper.”
Dutch: “He doesn’t know what that is! [laughs] You know, K.R.I.T. doesn’t hoop, he’s a baseball player.”
The conversation trailed onto a mild discussion of K.R.I.T.‘s pre-rap baseball career… K.R.I.T. then began relating me and my injury to Boobie Miles, a lead character in the movie Friday Night Lights.
K.R.I.T.: “Do you plan on hooping again?”
Me: “Of course, I could never stop.”
K.R.I.T.: “You know, for Boobie, that was a career ending injury.”
Me: “I can’t let this stop me though… Not to mention, knee surgeries have come so far since then.”
As we began to tangent down the vast advancements of knee surgeries and the healing process, I told K.R.I.T. about how “Boobie Miles” one of my favorite songs by him. We soon began discussing his discography, and I wound up congratulating him on his collaboration with the legendary B.B. King.
K.R.I.T. smiled, thanked me, paused then said, “I don’t think people truly recognize the significance of that collaboration…”
The truth of the matter is that B.B. King‘s health is failing, he is not currently recording music of his own, and K.R.I.T. distressed at the idea “Praying Man” being possibly his last recording. — As soon as the Live From The Underground tour concludes, K.R.I.T. intends to shoot a cinematic video to the collaborative song, with an esteemed director such as Clifton Bell, who directed the videos for The Roots.
I told K.R.I.T. about another one of my favorites by him, “Red Eye”. He responded, “That’s based on a true story.”
Me: “What happened to the girl?”
K.R.I.T.: “I’m not with her anymore.”
Me: “Why? One would think that with a song like that you’d be able to work things out…”
K.R.I.T.: “Life doesn’t work out that well… It’s hard for me to maintain relationships while I’m not home.”
I posed the question of infidelity being the issue, and K.R.I.T. responded, “Look at it this way… It’ll be 2, 3, maybe 4 weeks of me not being there at a time. And she’s seeing these tweets, other girls taking pictures with me and tweeting them, and she’s not seeing me. That’s hard… It’s always harder on the girl than the guy though.”
Me: “Well, you should be focused on music anyway.”
K.R.I.T.: “I’ve never been not focused. I do other stuff, but I’m always focused on music. That’s my release, that’s my therapy.”
Although the remainder of our conversation was off record… One thing I will say is that I am proud and excited to see what K.R.I.T.‘s future holds. As it stands, I know a lot of people anticipated a change in his style and his formula since signing to Def Jam, but he’s just as humble and down to earth as the first time I saw him performing to a crowd of 30 just 3 years prior. He still makes amazing records and has no intention of changing, for anyone.