Brand Nubian rapper Lord Jamar drew a great deal of criticism during a recent interview when he stated that white rappers are guests in Hip Hop as he addressed matters of race and homophobia in the genre. Following Jamar’s remarks, Mississippi spitter Big K.R.I.T. was questioned about the New York rapper’s comments as he walked the red carpet at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.
When asked if he agrees with Jamar’s statements, K.R.I.T. spoke on being more concerned with his own music rather than judging others based on what they choose to paint on their musical canvas.
“I mean everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,” said K.R.I.T. “For me, man, I just make music based off how I feel and what I do. I don’t really judge people based off what they wanna paint on they canvas cause Hip Hop is an art form. And we dealing with art, I can’t say what’s dope, what’s not. Because I’m just more focused on what I paint on a canvas.”
It was just last month when Jamar made his comments about white rappers during an interview with Vlad TV. The topic of race and Hip Hop’s acceptance of the gay community was brought about as the rapper was questioned about Seattle emcee Macklemore and his equal rights anthem, “Same Love.” Jamar went on to express his belief that Macklemore has no right to push an agenda in a genre he feels the rapper is not a part of.
“Okay, white rappers, you’re coming to this almost as a guest,” said Jamar. “Okay, matter of fact you are guests in the house of Hip Hop. Just because you have a hit record doesn’t give you the right as I feel to voice your opinion…To me when people like Macklemore come out with songs like that, I know he loves Hip Hop and all that, but he’s trying to push an agenda that him as a white man feels is acceptable.”
In addition to giving his thoughts on Lord Jamar’s interview, K.R.I.T. also shared a few details about his next album, Cadillactica. Although the Live From The Underground rapper has provided beats for a number of his records, he’s recruited the help of both Jim Jonsin and DJ Toomp for Cadillactica.
“I’m working on my album right now. It’s called Cadillactica,” said the rapper. “I’m working with a lot of different producers on it too, man. Jim Jonsin…DJ Toomp, you know what I’m saying. So, we out here working.”
K.R.I.T. first shared the news of his upcoming album via Twitter as he expressed his “excitement” about the LP’s release. News of a new studio album from K.R.I.T. comes almost a year and a half after he released his debut album, Live From The Underground.
There’s no word yet on when Cadillactica, which will serve as Big K.R.I.T.’s second studio album, will be released.