Since breaking through with 2010's K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, [artist id="2352851"]Big K.R.I.T.[/artist] has been on rap's fast track. As an MC, he has worked alongside Bun B, Ludacris and David Banner, and last week, he landed his biggest production credit yet with [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist]
On "I'm Flexin'," Tip's first single since being released from Prison last week, the Meridian, Mississippi, producer gave the Grand Hustle CEO a rocked-tinged, Southern-fried banger.
"Tip got out and he reached out to my folks to see what we're trying to do, as far as Southern hip-hop is concerned," K.R.I.T. told MTV News on the black carpet for the taping of the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. "It's just a blessing. He reached out and wanted to work. I sent the record, he liked the record, he jumped on it, and it is what it is. I'm glad it came out in a timely fashion."
Though T.I. had been in a halfway house since September 15 and allowed to work in the studio, he officially satisfied his sentence on Thursday; "I'm Flexin' " was released the next day. "I just wanted to make something super jammin', something organic and vintage-sounding, as far as Southern hip-hop is concerned," Krizzle explained. "I felt like when he heard it, he knew exactly where I was trying to go with it. And he killed that sh--, so it worked out."
"The record is hot," DJ Drama, T.I.'s longtime collaborator, told MTV News about "I'm Flexin' " days before it was released. "Big K.R.I.T. deserves it. He's been working for a long time. So they're both fans of each other, so sh-- is definitely gonna be a nice sound for the ear."
K.R.I.T. also appears on a small portion of the song's chorus, but when asked if he would appear on the remix with a full verse, the MC/producer let out a mischievous laugh. "I got the beat," he said with a wide, boy-like grin. "So we'll see."
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