Big K.R.I.T. says "K.R.I.T. Wuz Here" is his favorite mixtape and "4EvaNAD
Big K.R.I.T. is working on Cadillactica, which he says reflects his progression and patience.
“With Cadillactica, I’ve grown to a point now that it’ll come out when it comes out and express to people why I’m taking so long on it,” Big K.R.I.T. says in an interview with NahRight. "I’ve had an immense amount of time and I want to do the same with Cadillactica because it’s just as important as anything I’ve ever dropped."
K.R.I.T. has said he may not be the main producer on the album, but he says he hasn't removed himself from the process.
"I’m still involved," K.R.I.T. says. "The beautiful thing is that I’m able to work with the type of musicians that I’m still able to give them my ideas. It could be a title or just the understanding of what I physically heard for the song that they can create or already have something in that manner. And then, we sit down and brainstorm the best possible idea for the record, because it’s one of those things that if I know that I went and somebody sent me a beat, and I just went crazy on it, I’m going to do what I would naturally do with my own records. I’m trying to take myself clean out my comfort zone, and if I’m going to do a riding song or a song about cars, not do it necessarily in the same realm that most people know of me doing it. I’m going to try to take if further and even with production—with the instrumentals and the beats that people give me—I try not to tell people so much what I want on the track. But even then, I can influence the record to semi-sound like something I would have made by myself. And I want to stay far away from that man, and just get to be an artist and vibe. It’s a blessing to be able to work with so many talented people."
As he prepares to release the new music he's been crafting, K.R.I.T. also reflected on the work he's released.
"K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was my favorite mixtape in the sense of my hunger, because it was like, 'This is either going to work or we’re going back home,'" he says. "And that’s why it had so many songs on it, so many different sounds. It had a West Coast feel, the 93 ’til Infinity chop in it with me and Curren$y, and it was all that only for a project. I would say Return of 4Eva was musically my favorite one based off of how I sampled, what I sampled, the amount of singing, and the subject matter, from 'Free My Soul' to 'Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism.'
"4EvaNaDay was my most scientific one," he continues. "I was very proud of that project, because I was able to not stay in the typical lane of making music, but to actually try to make a storybook in itself. And, make every song go together, from what time of day you should play it and how that time of day feels in the warmth of the music and the color hues, and even how I’m rapping and what I’m rapping about. Live From The Underground is a milestone forever because it’s my first album and I produced it all, man. So I could never downplay that. It has its own position in my career because it definitely did a lot more numbers than people expected it to do, and it gave people what I told them I was going to do, which was never leave the underground, and rap about what I want to rap about. 'I’ll feature the people I want to feature,' and that’s what I did. People may not have expected what it was compared to my mixtapes and [may not] feel it lived up to them, but me knowing what I went through to put it out, and then some of the songs on there. Like, the record with B.B. King will stand the test of time. King Remembered In Time is its own entity. That’s me coming back from the album and tour like, 'Hey, let’s do this.' And now we here, man. And with Cadillactica, it’s going to be its own monster. And I think people are going to be able to tell with every song."
In June 2012, K.R.I.T. spoke with HipHopDX about his releases.
"4Eva N A Day was more conceptual, it was all concept - it was a day in my life, utilizing everything from instruments to conversations with people and making a whole body of work," he said at the time. "I think Live From The Underground is a brighter album than all the other ones. It’s not as dark per se, with some of the content and I chose that because I’m not as sad as I was. Now I’m feeling a little bit better, I’m on tour and I know the music is getting to people. I enjoy performing a lot, so I know the music is gonna translate great when we put a live band behind it and go hit the road. That’s extremely important as well. But to still give people a 'Praying Man' featuring B.B. King, or the 'If I Fall' record with Melanie Fiona and the 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' which are topics that I think need to be touched on. I think I was able to really make an album that had everything on it. You might not like every song but there’ll at least be one song for you. That’s what it’s all about, we’re always trying to say something important."