Exclusive: Big K.R.I.T. Talks Upcoming Tour with J. Cole and SXSW; Gives Update on Def Jam Debut, ‘Live From the Underground’


(AllHipHop News) Meridian, Mississippi’s own Big K.R.I.T recently sat down with AllHipHop.com on a recent tour stop during his 4eva NA Day Tour.

K.R.I.T. took time to speak about his upcoming “Campus Consciousness Tour” with J. Cole, which starts April 11th at the University of Rhode Island, and concludes at a private location in South Orange, New Jersey on May 4th.

“He’s really like the homie man,” Big K.R.I.T. said of J. Cole in an exclusive interview with AllHipHop. “He’s been doing his thing man and he reached out cause the album finna come out, ‘Live from the Underground.’ He was like, ‘Yo come on out here,’ so I was like, ‘S**t hell yea,’ you know. It’s gonna be a lot of places I haven’t been before and its gonna be some fan bases I haven’t reached, so to be up out there before the album drops will be a blessing.”

Big K.R.I.T also expressed excitement about performing his new material on 4eva NA Day at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where he has five shows this year.

“Ah man, we gonna rock out and we gonna have new material out, 4eva NA Day will be out before SXSW. So being able to go out there and do that, I think we gonna be on some different platforms this time,” K.R.I.T. explained to AllHipHop about his SXSW plans.

“Last year we did eight shows and this year we are doing five, but those five, they are key shows I didn’t do last year,” K.R.I.T. continued. “I’m really just going out there having fun and wildin’ out on stage man, it’s about having fun at the end of the day, I’m just blessed to be here.”

K.R.I.T. also gave an update on his debut release on Def Jam, Live From the Underground that will be released in June.

“Its like surreal, my one album was supposed to come out September 27th,” Big K.R.I.T. explained about his project. “I couldn’t sample as much, so I had to create songs, or create the kind of music that sounds like a sample. It has the same K.R.I.T. feel, the same vintage feel, but it was actually original. For one – a lot more singing, a lot more content, features from people that a lot of people wouldn’t expect me to feature. It’s a different take on my music.”

When asked if the project will be more radio friendly, K.R.I.T. summed it up in simple terms.

“Na man, it’s still just as country as ever.”

Below are Big K.R.I.T.’s Tour Dates with J. Cole for the “The Campus Consciousness Tour”

4/11/12 – Kingston, RI University Of Rhode Island @ The Ryan Center

4/13/12 – Babson Park, MA Private Location

4/14/12 – Waterville, ME Colby College @ Wadsworth Arena

4/15/12 – Amherst, MA Private Location

4/17/12 – Champaign, IL University Of Illinois @ Assembly Hall Theatre

4/18/12 – Dekalb, IL Northern Illinois University @ Convocation Center

4/19/12 – Lexington, KY University Of Kentucky @ Memorial Coliseum

4/20/12 – Johnstown, PA University Of Pittsburgh Johnstown @ Sports Center

4/21/12 – Greensboro, NC UNC Greensboro & North Carolina A&T @ White Oak Amphitheatre

4/23/12 – Springfield, MO Drury University @ O’Reilly Center

4/24/12 – Cedar Falls, IA University Of Northern Iowa @ McLeod Center

4/26/12 – Bloomsburg, PA Bloomsburg College @ Nelson

4/27/12 – Morgantown, WV West Virginia University @ WVU Coliseum

4/28/12 – Philadelphia, PA Temple University @ The Liacouras Center

4/29/12 – TBA

5/3/12 – Durham, NH University Of New Hampshire @ Whitmore Center Arena
5/4/12 – South Orange, NJ Private Location