Big K.R.I.T. Defends The Deep South Against Racism Stereotypes, Spars With Radio Station Over Support (VIDEO)
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(AllHipHop News) Big K.R.I.T. has always stood tall for his home state of Mississippi, despite the racial stereotypes often associated with Southern culture. The rapper/producer stopped by Ebro In The Morning to discuss his new album Cadillactica, but he also took time to defend the Deep South that he knows.
"Normally the first thing they talk about when they talk about Mississippi is the racism, and everything else is just ignored as far as our background with Blues and Jazz," said Krit. "It's not what you see on television. Until you go down there you really won't understand the gravity of my music or who I am as a person, and why I'm so adamant about - it's positive, we're educated, there's a lot of constructive things going on."
The show's host Ebro then claimed that southern bigots are just "hiding it" now. Krit responded by pointing out that there are people with prejudice thoughts beyond the Southern states.
"Racism is hiding everywhere. Nobody expected Donald Sterling to pop off. It don't matter where you're at," added Krit. "It's everywhere. It's not just in the Deep South."
The conversation later turned to Krit's involvement with Hot 97. The station's Deanii Digital confronted the emcee about appearing on a rival station before coming to Hot even though she claims Hot was more supportive of Krit.
He answered by saying he had scheduling conflicts and by referring to what he saw as a lack of support for his track "Mt. Olympus." The song was a response to Kendrick Lamar's highly publicized "Control" verse.
"When it comes to schedules, and I'm in the midst of a tour, they say 'We need you to do all of this here' - I'm literally in the mindset, 'Okay, boom, boom, boom... then I'm gonna go do this show,'" Krit stated. "Then I dropped a record called 'Mt Olympus.' Nobody talked about that record [on Hot 97] if I'm not mistaken. Then when it came time for other artists to come up, that I know might have heard that record, that record wasn't posed. I get asked about rappers all the time - most of them I have real relationships with - but people never ask those rappers about me."
Watch Big K.R.I.T.'s interview below.