Big K.R.I.T. believes it’s time for a Hip Hop union. The Mississippi rapper sat down with Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1 to speak on his latest album, Digital Roses Don’t Die, and said he believes artists don’t have the collaborative support system 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 a valuable way for newcomers to gain knowledge from veterans, so they don’t fall prey to similar 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?”
K.R.I.T. also spoke on Digital Roses Don’t Die, his first project in three years which featured only one appearance from Rolynné.
Despite having just dropped an album, the “Country Sh*t” lyricist has already been hard at work on a new collab project with Wiz Khalifa, Smoke DZA and Girl Talk titled Full Court Press. The trio recently dropped their new single “How The Story Goes” earlier in March. Full Court Press is set to drop on April 8 and K.R.I.T. will then hit the road shortly after starting April 21 for his Digital Roses Tour, which wraps up June 10.
Check out Big K.R.I.T.’s full interview with Apple Music 1 below.