After being officially introduced to Young Jeezy on Wednesday’s episode of “RapFix Live,” Mississippi-bred rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. gave fans an update on the status of his debut album, Live From the Underground.
The 25-year-old has released two popular, self-produced mixtapes in the past two years (2010’s K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and 2011’s Return of 4Eva) and he’s currently hard at work on his first studio-backed release, which he hopes will arrive in early 2012. K.R.I.T. revealed that a heavy workload and issues like sample clearances have contributed to delays.
“I’m my worst critic, at the end of the day, so the album’s not gonna come out until I feel 100 percent solid about the content,” K.R.I.T. said on the live stream. “With my music, it’s always been an organic kind of thing. It’s not like we had a radio smash or nothing like that — people hear [my music] and they put other people on to it.
“I’m gonna do my best, of course, everybody wants to sell, but for the most part I just feel like it’s more important that people hear the music,” he continued, explaining why he needs to take his time with his debut LP. “I think that’s what we’ve gotten across and people understand that I don’t really mind dropping a free project — I have and I will. It’s just about putting the music out there; I finally have a platform, which means that people can hear it now, and I feel blessed because of that.”
While he whips his album to perfection, K.R.I.T. also continues to collaborate with other artists. He recently produced T.I.’s single “Flexin’ “ and contributed a verse to “Make My” off the Roots’ upcoming album Undun.
Until his debut solo project is released, K.R.I.T. plans to hold fans over with a new mixtape. “I’m gonna drop another free project before [the album] and we’re gearing up for that right now,” he said. “It’s all gonna be produced by me again.”