SoulCulture TV series My Favourite Verse returns with some lyrical reflection from Big K.R.I.T. Having witnessed his prowess onstage at SXSW earlier this year, we caught up with the Mississippi hailing emcee and producer in New York hot on the heels of his debut album release, Live from the Underground, to discuss “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” inspired by his father.
Baring collaborations with an array of talent including Bun B, Melanie Fiona, Anthony Hamilton, B.B. King and Ludacris, the album debuted at number 5 in the US charts, selling 41,000 in its first week.
One of K.R.I.T.’s own favourite verses from the album features on track 14, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” as the rapper reflects on his experiences growing up – and how his father inspired the song.
“He definitely gave me a lot of knowledge as a youngster about being a man, handling myself,” K.R.I.T. shares.
“He was telling me about a lot of the mistakes he made growing up, and how to try not to do the same – protect myself, as far as sexual contact with women, and try not to have a kid too early; and if you do, you gotta hold it down and go to school and stay out of trouble, for the most part.”
“That’s really what the whole song’s about, not being so caught up in materialistic things as well, and treat people how you want to be treated…
“I do know there are a lot of fathers out there who do hold it down. Because sometimes, you know, dads get bad raps – so I had to throw one out there for them,” he explains before reciting the verse…
Live From The Underground is out now.