Big K.R.I.T. talks ‘Country Cousins,’ producing for other artists, competing with himself + more [Video]

During last week’s Arizona stop of his Live From the Underground Tour, Mississippi’s own Big K.R.I.T. chatted with Bootleg Kev about a number of topics, including his rumored collaborative LP with Yelawolf, whether he plans on doing more production for other artists and why he prefers being compared to himself.

After much speculation and innuendo, K.R.I.T. finally confirms that he and Shady Records’ fellow proud southerner will be doing a joint album called Country Cousins, and gave us an idea of what we can expect.

“The lyrical content is gon’ be crazy, ’cause if you know anything about Yelawolf you know he’s an extremely lyrical person,” he said. “I’m excited to get in the studio and kinda go toe-to-toe with him lyrically. It’s gon’ be a friendly competition with that, and just really makin’ something that’s probably never been heard before.”

K.R.I.T. says that he “plans” on handling most of the production on the project, but that he may reach out to other producers because his hectic tour and travel schedule hasn’t allowed him to be as creative as he’d like.

Considering the fact that the 25-year-old MC has always worn both the rapper and producer hats on his projects, his fans aren’t used to him rapping over production other than his own. But K.R.I.T. says that as he grows, he plans on diversifying his sound and production portfolio by working more with other talents.

“As a producer I’m gon’ try to get my records to more artists, and as an artist I’m gon’ try to work with more producers,” he reveals. “I’m at point where [K.R.I.T.] the producer is starting to get his look, and as an artist I’ve been able to put out music that people enjoy so now it’s time to see what I can create with a 9th Wonder or a DJ Toomp. … So that’s where I wanna go now as an artist.”

As he grows and gains more notoriety, K.R.I.T. feels that it’s important to stick to the core musical values that got him here, and to do that he makes it a point to stay in his lane and not change his sound. While he laid the foundation on his earliest works, he understands that his major label debut was the first time many had ever heard him, and he says he remained conscious of that and put forth an effort that showed exactly who he is.

“It’s a lot of people who never heard the music I dropped before Live From the Underground, so it was like a reintroduction and lettin’ people know that I’m not gon’ change, ’cause I still totally produced this whole album and I did it my own way, which is the most important thing.”

Watch the full interview below, and hear his thoughts on being compared to himself, his connection to his southern rap forefathers, and the list of his five favorite MCs.