Justin Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T., is an American rapper and record producer from Meridian, Mississippi. He is currently signed to Cinematic Music Group.
K.R.I.T. previously released several mixtapes, including Hood Fame, with DJ Wally Sparks and The Last King, with DJ Breakem Off. He also made guest appearances on Pilot Talk, the third studio album and major label debut from rapper Curren$y, as well as Kush & Orange Juice, the critically acclaimed mixtape by rapper Wiz Khalifa. When he started branding himself, he went by the name of Kritikal, before shortening it to K.R.I.T.
In May 2010, Big K.R.I.T. released his mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, digitally, garnering critical acclaim. That same month, former president of G-Unit Records and current Senior VP of A&R at Def Jam Records, Sha Money XL, signed him to the label as one of his first priorities in his new position.
In October 2010, K.R.I.T. co-headlined The Smoker’s Club Tour 2010 alongside fellow rappers Curren$y and Smoke DZA. In November 2010, K.R.I.T.opened for Wiz Khalifa in Baltimore, Maryland Sayreville, New Jersey Winston-Salem, North Carolina and in Ashland, Virginia during the Waken Baken Tour.
***2011–2012: Return of 4Eva and Live from the Underground.
In early 2011, he was featured on the cover of XXL as part of their annual Top Freshmen of the year, along with the likes of other rappers including Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill, Cyhi the Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons.
In March 2011, Big K.R.I.T. released his highly anticipated and entirely self-produced mixtape, Return of 4Eva, featuring guests David Banner, Joi, Big Sant, Chamillionaire, Raheem Devaughn, Ludacris, and Bun B. The mixtape has been acclaimed by rap critics, with William Ketchum of HipHopDX calling it “emotive, conceptual music” and saying that Big K.R.I.T. had given fans a “free album” – the magazine’s highest praise for a mixtape. Meanwhile, Matthew Cole of slant Magazine highlighted Return of 4Eva in his mixtape review column as “the best mixtape of the month,” going on in a separate review to call it “the rap album to beat in 2011 “. Both critics praised Big K.R.I.T.’s production skills as much as his lyrics and flow, and both named K.R.I.T. as a likely successor to Southern rap legends UGK, Scarface, and Outkast. On April 20, 2011, Tom Breihan reviewed the mixtape for Pitchfork, giving an 8.2 out of 10 and awarding it the site’s coveted “Best New Music” tag.
On July 1, 2011 Big K.R.I.T. announced the title of his debut studio album to be,Live from the Underground. It was originally set to be released on September 27, 2011. From October 12, 2011 until November 24, 2011 K.R.I.T. co-headlined The Smoker’s Club Tour 2011 with Curren$y and Method Man. Big K.R.I.T. released Live from the Underground June 5, 2012 to tremendous expectancy. It debuted at number one on the Hip And R&B and Rap Charts. He released his first single off the album titled, “I Got This” on May 7, 2012. He went on the “Live from the Underground” tour, which he headlined along with Slim Thug. In an interview on Bootleg Kev’s radio show, on August 10, 2012, he confirmed that he and fellow Southern rapper Yelawolf were working on a collaborative album entitledCountry Cousins. During the same interview, he was also asked about his favorite rappers, to which he responded, “Scarface. Man, I need these people in groups. Can I put the rest as a group?Outkast, UGK and 8Ball & MJG. That’s what my iTunes consists of.” Big K.R.I.T. along with singer Ashthon Jones collaborated with Lecrae for his single “Mayday” from Gravity. Gravitywon Best Gospel Album in the 2013 Grammy Awards.
**** 2013–present: King Remembered In Timeand Cadillactica.
On April 28, 2014, he released the first single off his second album, titled “Mt. Olympus”. The second single from Cadillatica, “Pay Attention” released July 25, 2014. In an interview with HipHopSince1987, Big K.R.I.T. revealed a November 11 release date for Cadillactica.
After releasing twelve freestyles in twelve hours, K.R.I.T. announced through Twitter that he and Def Jam had parted ways on July 6, 2016.
K.R.I.T. has stated that his favorite rappers to record and perform with areBun B, Big Sean, Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa, and Curren$y. He released It’s Better This Way on October 14, 2015.
After releasing #12FOR12, K.R.I.T. released “Free Agent” on Sway in the Morning.