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On the Record with Big K.R.I.T.

“Laundry, that’s what’s going on.”

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A year after his critically acclaimed Cadillactica, Big K.R.I.T. returned this month with a mixtape called It’s Better This Way. The 29-year-old’s brand of spacey, soulful, patently Southern hip hop seems to get braver and more interesting by the release, so City Paper checked in as he prepped for his 39-city tour.

You leave in two days. How do you spend that time?

Normally just try to relax, enjoy my house, trying to mentally prepare myself to put on the best show I possibly can, every day. The last two days, I try to make sure I got my wardrobe right and everything’s cleaned up with the house. Laundry, that’s what’s going on.

What’s the meaning behind It’s Better This Way?

For me, it was always better for me to go the way that I felt internally, that fit my personality, talking about my journey and where I would like to go musically. So It’s Better This Way is just me kinda [expressing] to the people that the way I do music, the way I put out music, how I am creatively, is just better for me as a person and a musician.

Anything new for this tour?

Oh yeah man. I don’t know if you’ve been seeing on my Instagram, but I got a band, so that’s gonna complete the dynamic. I really don’t wanna go too hard into telling people what’s going on, but it’s definitely going to be a shift. I gotta give the people something new.


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