Closed Sessions: Exclusive Interview With Big K.R.I.T.

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?”

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 ever playing sports 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…”

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