Big K.R.I.T. Says Its Time Rappers Should Form a Hip Hop Union
K.R.I.T. believes it's time for a Hip Hop union. The Mississippi rapper spoke with Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1 about his latest album, Digital Roses Don't Die, and said he does not believe artists have the collaborative support systems needed to succeed.
“We were talking about a union before we got on this show,” K.R.I.T. told Ebro. “And I was like, ‘Musicians have a union, most people have a union, why artists don’t have a union? I see mad artists they go through the process. They either have a hit record or they don’t. They get signed, they get dropped.”
He added, “They break down, they get on drugs, they go to the streets. But there’s no collective to call and be like, ‘Hey, man. I need to go to rehab. Hey, man. I need help with these bills. I acquired too much. What’s a good lawyer I can go to? What is the deal I signed?’”
K.R.I.T. went on to say a union could be an effective way for newcomers to learn from veterans so they do not make the same mistakes.
“I think we’re at a point now with all this information we have, and you got artists that I know made millions of dollars off of their deals, which I didn’t, but even they don’t want to be where they’re signed to so who do you talk to?” The rapper said. “How many people do you put together? How much money do you pay a month to unlock that information with OGs and we all can connect?”
In addition, K.R.I.T. discussed Digital Roses Don't Die, his first project in three years, which only featured one appearance from Rolynné.
Even though he just released an album, the "Country Sh*t" lyricist has already begun working on a new project with Wiz Khalifa, Smoke DZA, and Girl Talk called Full Court Press. In March, the trio released their new single "How The Story Goes.". In April, Full Court Press will be out. K.R.I.T. will then head out on the Digital Roses Tour starting April 21.
Watch Big K.R.I.T.'s full interview with Apple Music 1 below.