By D.L. Chandler, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
Big K.R.I.T.’s critically-acclaimed debut mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was almost his last release. The soulful Mississippi rapper-producer spoke about what could've been for MTV News' Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards' Top 10 Mixtapes of 2010 list. RapFix is celebrating the awards with behind-the-scenes interviews featuring North Carolina's J.Cole, Mississippi's Big K.R.I.T. and Illinois' L.E.P Bogus Boys on the making of their award-winning projects.
"K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was almost my last hurrah, it was like the last project I was gonna put out and I was like 'Man I’m goin’ back to Mississippi," the Island Def Jam signee said. "Because it’s hard to survive, you know, independently making music and I was totally selling beats and that’s how I was making my money. It was just me giving my all, man and that’s why it was so many songs on it."
K.R.I.T. also explained briefly what drove the direction of his LP.
"It was really about branding a sound for myself and really expressing my thoughts about the game and the industry and being independent and kinda giving people all different kinds of emotions — especially for me," he said. "It’s just a journey from the beginning of my career and you can hear my growth and just really venting at the end of the day."
The artist, born Justin Scott, further elaborated on the length of his album during the interview.
"I didn’t wanna leave a song off, I didn’t wanna short people," said K.R.I.T. "Like 'Yo, I’m not gonna wait until the next project ‘cause it might not be a next project.' So it’s just 19 records, [I] produced it all and just all my emotions, everything I was going through at the time. I wanted the people to hear it."
Big K.R.I.T.'s K.R.I.T. Wuz Here made the MTV News Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards, winning a slot on the top 10 mixtapes of 2010. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Did we miss anything? Share your picks for the best mixtapes of 2010 by tweeting us at @MTVRapFix or leave us a comment below!
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