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

By / 02.23.12

On The Technical And Conceptual Aspects Of Upcoming Projects

K.R.I.T.: 4evaNaDay will be more soulful. Definitely more soulful. There’s a lot more singing going on. You know, a lot of people are going to be shocked with the singing, and just the amount of time I put into the conceptual aspect of it. How the entire thing flows together, how the first song of the tape goes with the last song with the tape. I really wanted all that to make sense. And it’s about my real life, it’s nothing fake, it’s not a facade.

And it’s definitely a free project. I want people to understand I never mind giving away music for free, only because it’s more important that a thousand people hear it for free than if I sell it to a hundred.

Stalley: The growth from Lincoln Way Nights to Savage Journey to the American Dream is just…the sound is just so much bigger. The production is from Soundtrakk, who produced “Kick Push,” “Sunshine” and “Superstar” for Lupe. Chad Hugo from The Neptunes and the Block Beattaz also contribute. It’s just a wider range of sound. The content is different. Same with the wordplay, the cadence and just everything is just so much different from any project that I’ve put out. No song sounds the same, but it fits so perfectly. It’s just weird.

And Hunter S. Thompson definitely influenced this upcoming project. There are a couple of main pieces. The books The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas are two works that touched me because they both really honed in on the American Dream and what it was. We’re always on the pursuit of it and as we’re on the pursuit of it. Like, it’s funny because I remember he did an interview and he said, “I was looking for the American Dream and then I found it in Las Vegas.” You would never think it was there.

It’s just weird because some people will say that’s what the American Dream is, but some will say a house with a white picket fence or being an NBA player. It’s just we all have our own definition of what it is. But when we find it or when we discover what we feel like it is, it’s not that and we look for more. That’s what makes us savages: we’re never satisfied.

We all know he has his own way of writing and I try to do that with my writing. I try not to think so much. I think that I crippled myself in the past by putting myself in a box for people who were listeners. They would then say, “oh, Stalley is this kind of artist,” so you kind of cater to that. Now, I’m just me and I write about my life and I write about it in a way that’s entertaining for all. I think what Hunter S. Thompson did was he wrote about his life and, even though some times he exaggerated, it was still truthful. It was still relatable and it wasn’t a fantasy or a fairy tale.


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