American Rapstars: Big K.R.I.T. & Stalley Talk The Past, Present & Future

By: 02.23.12

On Current Industry Relationships

K.R.I.T.: My time on the Smoker’s Club Tour was crazy. First of all, Meth is a legend. Seeing him go out there and just perform is crazy. I’ve never seen someone just walk on the hands of the crowd before, but on the first night of the tour he was just wylin’, he had all the energy, man. That kind of transformed me, kind of made me want to implement more crowd participation. As far as Curren$y and Smoke, those are the homies. That’s my third tour being out there with them, it’s like a family reunion out there. A lot of drinking, lot of smoking (Laughs). And Smoke think he’s the best thing smoking in NBA 2K. He’s not but so put that in there, please (Laughs).

And [Cinematic Music Group founder] Jonny Shipes, that’s been my brother since the beginning. I signed with Cinematic before I signed with Def Jam. If anything, it just made us really work harder. He understands my artistic vision and my goals, and he’s willing to go to bat for me at any rate. It’s not going to complicate the music or anything. We’re really going to just keep pushing the music. It ain’t gone change, man.

Stalley: Maybach Music Group has given me the opportunity to have the same voice I had before MMG, but also gave me that platform to reach a broader audience—even broader than what I spoke about earlier. Now, you have TV [reaching out]—that commercial audience. For me to be able to penetrate the fans of a Rick Ross or a Wale or a Meek Mill with my type of music and my content is just a blessing. You never know because you’d think, “aw, they’re not going to understand me,” but you should never underestimate someone’s brain or personality. I learned that I make music for everyone.

It’s a blessing for someone like [Rick Ross] to take notice. He’s the biggest artist in the game right now. For him to take a look at me and see me as someone who is or who could be a superstar is just a blessing.

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