In the Summer of 2017, Big K.R.I.T. announced his “Free Agent” status in a song after leaving Def Jam to go independent.
In the beginning of the song, he explained that he has putting in work as early as 2005 (See Me on Top, Vol. 1). “I built it from the ground up, act like they found us/From the sign of the label, tried to drown us” he raps.
“I built a boat in a moat for my castle/I graduated to a businessman, I got tassels” he added, highlighting the importance of knowing your worth and picking yourself up after a setback.
Big K.R.I.T. is using his experiences to pursue his own business endeavors and provide a platform for other artists.
In an interview on Everyday Struggle (hosted by Complex), he discussed why his album got delayed and the frustrations of being on a major label:
“For me in the beginning, especially being on a label, I was trying to be aware of the business…Shout out to all of the people that were actually telling the business. That affected my creativity because I knew what I was getting ready to go into when it came to dropping an album.
Now from underground, i’m angry, i’m mad, i’m frustrated because my single came out in September of 2011. My album didn’t come out until June of 2012. I dropped a mixtape between that.
That was because of how everything was going and waiting on people to be like ‘yea, green light — this is good.”
On the creative process:
“It’s hard to be creative and still be dealing with what you’re moving with. It’s a blessing that I wanted to listen and actually learn about what was happening so I have a label of my own and being able to push that and the artists I sign won’t go through that sh**”
On the creating “4eva Is A Mighty Long Time”:
“This album was different. It’s freedom. I was working on this album and the label didn’t even know. I was paying for it all…I didn’t take a budget to make it for anyone else.”
Big K.R.I.T.‘s 4eva Is A Might Long Time is available now