Boi-1da Explains His Participation In Rémy Martin’s Producer Competition

Hollywood, CA – Season six of Rémy Martin’s Rémy Producers series found their West Coast regional winner in Clyde Strokes Tuesday night at Dream nightclub. 

Grammy Award-winning producer Boi-1da, music industry legend Steve Lobel and season five Remy Producer winner Milo were judges for the four contestants. Strokes will compete in the national finale in Atlanta for a production deal with Jermaine Dupri’s So-So Def Records. 

Speaking with Boi-1da, he told HipHopDX that Rémy Producers was important since it’s essentially how he got his start before making multi-platinum hits for the likes of Drake, Eminem and Rihanna. 

“Events like Rémy Producers is important is because this is what I came off of things like beat battles and beat competitions,” he said. “It’s important because a lot of producers are introverted people so it’s good for them to get out, compete and get their names out there. Big shout out to them for putting this on for the producers because a lot of producers don’t get their shine. A lot of producers do big beats for artists and you don’t know who’s who.”

Despite having a relatively quiet 2019, many of Boi-1da classic loosies with Drake made the recently released Care Package compilation alongside placements on Juice WRLD debut album and Lil Nas X’s debut EP 7. According to him, he’s spent the year relaxing a bit.

“2019 for me has been pretty chill,” he explained. “I took about three months off of music to spend time with my family for the summer and recharge. I had an amazing 2018, 2017, 2016 and at the end of the day, I’m a human being. So, I took a break.”

One thing is for sure, Boi-1da says “next year is going to be crazy.” Despite not naming any names, he says to expect some work with his usual suspects.

Insane Madden 20 Glitch Hilariously Goes Viral, Twitter Reacts

Video games are typically a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day working. Unfortunately, they can also be the death you and can lead to some pretty stressful moments. During our youth, there have always been times where we wanted to throw our controllers through a wall after something ridiculous happened. For Twitter user Miguel Lozada, that’s exactly what happened while playing a game EA Sports’ NFL Madden 20.

Lozada was playing as the Pittsburgh Steelers and was going up against the Detroit Lions. While in the Redzone, his player fumble as is recovered by a Lions player. On the surface, this isn’t so egregious until somehow the ball launches out the defender’s hands and into the arms another Lions defender down the field. The defender eventually ends up scoring a touchdown to put the finishing touches on the impossible play.

The clip eventually went viral and had Madden players all across the internet laughing at this poor man’s pain. Glitches like this happen all the time but this has to be one the funniest ones we’ve ever seen. It’s one those glitches that makes you question why you even bought the game in the first place.

Zion Williamson’s Golf Club Didn’t Stand A Chance When He Tee’d Off: Video

The start the 2019-20 NBA season is on the horizon, and players across the league will begin reporting to training camp in about two weeks time. In other words, there are a few precious days freedom left in the f-season before the grind really begins. 

And what better way to kick back and relax than hitting the golf course with a couple season ticket holders and corporate sponsors?! That’s how several New Orleans Pelicans players, including rookies Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes, spent their Friday afternoon – which was bad news if you were a golf club.

As seen in the footage embedded below, Zion was simply too powerful for the irons he was swinging and he snapped one clean at the head. 

At least Zion’s form was solid. It would have been much worse if he got out there and started swinging his club like Charles Barkley.

The No. 1 overall pick has been quite busy in the lead-up to his first NBA training camp, which includes his duties as the newest Jordan Brand ambassador. Just last weekend, Zion made a trip to Harlem where he debuted the Air Jordan 34 with an effortless between the legs dunk in front the whole community. 

New Music: Jhené Aiko ‘Trigger Protection Mantra’

Jhené Aiko is keeping the peace.

The R&B songstress debuts the meditation remix to her “Triggered (freestyle).” But unlike its predecessor, the “Trigger Protection Mantra” promotes healing energy and is “for relaxation purposes.” In addition to adding her calming vocals, Jhené played the alchemy crystal singing bowls in the key of A (third eye), E (solar plexus), and C (root chakra).

“Calm down / Calm down eventually,” she sings on the soothing track. “Protect your energy / I am protected.”

Jhené has been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2017’s Trip, which will consist of all freestyles. “my next album is all freestyles where i touch on many subjects and relationships… past, present and future,” she previously revealed.

Joe Budden Talks Veteran Rappers & Checking For Lloyd Banks On His Podcast

Lloyd Banks‘s recent tweet sparked a discussion on The Joe Budden Podcast. Last week, a fan the former G-Unit rapper asked when he would be releasing new music. Banks replied by writing, “Let’s be real..ain’t nobody checking for banks anymore.” This sparked an onslaught support for the rapper, causing him to assure the public that he was just joking with his previous comment.

However, there are some who don’t believe that Banks was kidding around at all. Budden, along with his podcast co-hosts Rory and Mal, chatted about the state hip hop and if there’s room for veteran rappers who have been silent for years to return to the rap game. The answer is yes, but Budden says that “dinosaurs” such as Banks would need to put in more work than others in order to get a buzz going. Also, while it is true that Banks hasn’t put out a studio album since 2010, he’s been steadily releasing mixtapes for years. His last dropped in 2016 and he was featured on Dave East‘s Paranoia 2 mixtape which was released in 2018.

“I don’t feel like an artist, rapper, should ever get to this point,” Budden said Banks’s tweet. “It’s almost our job to not ever get to this point…To see him say it…To see him not only say it, but to say it to someone who is asking for new music is telling. It was f*cked up to me. This is the one guy, who, you’re never gonna think he’s doing something for attention or trolling or clout chasing. He’s serious if he says something.”

Nevertheless, there was enough uproar that Banks fans are now awaiting his next project but the rapper just tweeted, “😆 they gotta relax.” Check out the full, and interesting, The Joe Budden Podcast conversation below.

Kevin McCall Arrested For Trespassing After He Fell Asleep Outside

Trouble caught up with Kevin McCall once again after the singer-songwriter was arrested in the California desert city Twentynine Palms (or 29 Palms). The quiet, secluded town is nestled in San Bernadino County, and in a series Instagram Story video clips, McCall walked through the city in the evening looking for a place to relax. He showed himself making his way through the streets before he laid down on a bench to sleep. In one video he even wrote, “How many n*ggaz can sleep on a baccwoods ‘satchel’ and the next morning be with more than quite a few you’s all favorite actress model.

Then, McCall is seen speaking to the camera as he walks out a sheriff’s station, saying that his outside nap got him arrested for trespassing. “Man, all praises to the most high,” he said in the clip. “Tryin’ to get a n*gga for trespassing for falling asleep outside yesterday. Some weird sh*t man. I’m not even bothered. Oh, yeah, and to the crackers who gave me this, this is what I think the ticket,” he said before ripping it in half. “I’m not black, I’m a Moor. I don’t deal with y’all bullsh*t. I got a whole new government and] laws the land I follow.”

McCall then shows his paperwork that states he’s a “transient” the city 29 Palms. He wrote over the image, “San Bernadino Sheriffs Deperment you craccers May wanna start prepping yourself to be BRUTALLY sodomized for not following the proper protocol when faley detaining a BLACC NATIVE sovereign…the Meek shall inherit the Earth.” He later posted an image himself with Nipsey Hussle and said he was locking himself in the studio “and the only entity that will be allowed in my presence is that Ermias. Allow me some privacy for the rest the week I will not allow contact from the outside.” Check it all out below.

Ariana Grande And Mikey Foster Are Not Dating According To Her Brother

It’s a false alarm everyone. Ariana Grande is not dating Mikey Foster. Music fans everywhere were completely shook when they thought the pop princess might be dating Mikey Foster after sharing lunch together earlier this week. Ariana’s brother has since come forward to address the masses that are in a frenzy after this latest rumor. 

“My sister is not in a relationship. Everyone relax. She is very much single,” Frankie Grande wrote in a tweet on September 5th. The move is a giant sigh relief for fans who could not believe the news; finally, the tossing and turning through sleepless nights will end. 

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Fans originally believed the two to be dating after Frankie posted a picture them at lunch captioned, “double date.” Interestingly, Ariana and Foster have faced dating rumors in the past. After collaborating on the track “Boyfriend,” many fans believe there to be a romantic relationship behind the scenes. This backstory would explain why fans were quick to jump the gun on these rumors.

Had the two been ficially dating, Foster would be another addition to an impressive laundry list celebrities Grande has had flings with in the past. Mac Miller, Pete Davidson and Big Sean have all shared intimate relationships with the singer.

Lloyd Banks Backtracks On Earlier Comments: "Was Just Joking!"

We can all breathe a sigh relief because it looks like Lloyd Banks is not actually done with music. When fans started ragging on him to release some new material this week, the G-Unit rapper fought back by saying that nobody would even care if he did. “Let’s be real..ain’t nobody checking for banks anymore,” he wrote on Twitter. The comment caused hip hop heads to gather and beg the OG to reconsider. Clearly, if Banks feels that way, he doesn’t realize that we all genuinely just want to see him back on top the game. Well, it seems the support worked because after his social media pages blew up with fans telling him that we do actually care, he’s backpedalling a little. 

In a series replies to the original tweet, Banks says that he was merely pulling everyone’s leg. “Lol my bad..was just joking! Interacting with the ppl,” he said. Another fan told him about the ruckus that the tweet caused and he seemed amused by all the commotion he caused with a few simple words. “They gotta relax,” said the star with a laughing emoji.

We’ve got to say, we’re pretty relieved that Lloyd Banks was just playing around. After Nicki Minaj announced her retirement today, it would be terrible to lose two legends on the same day. Now, we just want an album announcement from Banks!

Lil Uzi Vert Calls Out Security Mid-Performance For Being Too Aggressive With Fan

Lil Uzi Vert had a set on Sunday night at Jay-Z’s Made In America festival, which he surprisingly showed up to. Well, I guess not THAT surprising, as the festival is held in Uzi’s hometown Philadelphia. Uzi always shows a lot love for his city and he displayed the extent his devotion during his performance. 

In the middle his hit “Money Longer”, Uzi noticed that security was being excessively aggressive with one his fans and started repeatedly saying, “hold on”. Once the music was cut, Uzi went f on the security: “Yo, y’all tripping! Y’all tripping! Y’all grabbing that n**** and don’t even know why you grabbing him! You just cranked because it’s your muthaf*ckin’ job. You just cranked up. Relax, bro. Relax. Relax. This my city, bro. Ain’t nobody gon’ hurt me! I got too many killers out here, bro. Relax.” After confidently putting this person in place, Uzi brought the song back in with a crowd that was now even more fired up after witnessing this heroic act. 

Much respect to Uzi for calling out something that is unfortunately incredibly common: security guards getting carried away and abusing their power. After defending his city’s residents so forcefully, perhaps it should be conceded that he runs Philly, as he claims to

Watch the incident below.

The Made In America Festival Will Be Exclusively Live-Streamed By TIDAL

This weekend, the fifth annual Made In America Festival will go down at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Thousands music fans will storm the area to celebrate Labor Day Weekend and to check out some their favorite artists including Travis ScottCardi B, Lizzo, Rosalía, Kaskade, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Jorja Smith, Pink Sweat$, James Blake, Gucci Mane, Megan Thee Stallion, Tierra Whack, DaBaby, Jacob Banks and many more.

Of course, not everyone will be able to make the festival in-person, so TIDAL will be exclusively live-streaming the two-day event for its members. Now, anyone can watch the star-studded performances from anywhere. For TIDAL members who were able to make their way to Philly for the Made In America Festival will find that they access to a wide array benefits including the ability to relax in the TIDAL lounge access with air conditioning, seating and complimentary phone charging, artist meetandgreets, ticket upgrades, limited-edition merchandise and premium views the main stage on the TIDAL VIP riser.

The performances will take place on multiple stages and in order to catch them all, TIDAL will be streaming them from the video players that we’ve embedded for you below. Make sure to check them out throughout the weekend and let us know which Made In America Festival artists you’re most excited to see. 

Rocky & Liberty Stages:

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Halsey Clears Up Claims Of Her Shading Shawn Mendes During VMA Performance

Another day, another fake feud put to rest by the person it’s targeted. The Video Music Awards took place earlier this week in New Jersey and welcomed some the most talked-about acts in pop culture with performances by Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello and more. For some reason, the Twitterverse has decided to go after Halsey, accusing her being rude for being on her phone for a brief second during Shawn Mendes’ set. 

Halsey Clears Up Claims Of Her Shading Shawn Mendes During VMA Performance
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“Halsey on her phone during Shawn’s performance… she’s the true definition an American hero,” one user wrote.

The “Eastside” singer has now responded to the flood tweets, putting the false claims to rest. “Can everyone stop saying I was checking my phone during Shawn’s performance I was texting my mom to make sure she was ok in the audience!!!!!! (and also I was dancing!!!!),” she wrote. 

In another tweet, Halsey sarcastically explained her love for award season since her two managers have seemingly been mistaken for her ex-boyfriends. “Award show season is really just *so fun* for me because apparently both my managers look like my ex boyfriend. lots white dudes with black hair in suits happening. everyone relax,” she shared. 

And Now, Netflix Is Releasing a Fyre Festival Spoof Series

The ill-fated Fyre Festival might not have seemed funny to those who purchased tickets and traveled to the Bahamas, but Netflix believes that the 2017 episode is worth spoofing.

The streaming giant recently provided additional information about The I-Land, a series that’s obviously based on Fyre Festival.  According to the trailer released by Netflix, The I-Land will be available on September 12th. The miniseries will consist of seven episodes.

The sneak peek shows several characters traveling to a tropical island for relaxation and a concert festival, only to be trapped on said island as part of a secret experiment.  The part-Lost, part-Fyre spoof will undoubtedly poke fun at high-income Millennials, the overwhelmingly affected demo.

While Fyre Festival’s actual attendees were able to return home, it wasn’t without delay, as the Bahamian government temporarily closed their airport, grounded flights to the U.S., and locked Fyre Festival attendees inside the airport terminal.

Earlier this year, Netflix released a documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which described the planning behind Fyre Festival as well as the nightmarish experiences of ticketholders. Hulu released their own documentary on the festival, Fyre Fraud, just four days before Netflix’s documentary debuted.

Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez, Alex Pettyfer, Kyle Schmid, and Giles Geary will star in The I-Land. Bosworth is also an executive producer.

Fyre Festival was advertised as a luxurious, world-class music festival. The locale was supposedly beautiful, the accommodations were supposedly state of the art, and the cuisine was supposedly decadent. In reality, though, the poorly-planned event featured inadequate housing, minimal security, and extremely lacking food.

Musicians didn’t perform at all, and attendees, some of whom paid over $1,000 for VIP tickets, were forced to brave inclement weather and long delays before making it home.

In 2018, Fyre Festival’s planner, Billy McFarland, was found guilty of wire fraud and mail fraud. He was sentenced to six years in prison and was ordered to pay $26 million to those he’d scammed.

Given the immense interest and press produced by Fyre Festival, it seems likely that The I-Land will prove popular amongst Netflix subscribers.

Alexis Skyy Worries Fans After Video Of Trouble Gripping Her Neck Goes Viral

Fans are calling for Alexis Skyy to send out an S.O.S. for help if needed after a clip circulated showing her boyfriend, Trouble, holding her by the neck. The couple has been the center social media chatter after they recently hosted a “Cucumber Challenge” party where Alexis was filmed inserting the vegetable into a woman’s nether regions. People chastised Alexis for her behavior, resulting in Trouble publicly speaking up on behalf his woman. The pair have been showing f their affection on social media, and recently a brief interaction during their vacation gave some fans a cause for concern as they believe she looked uncomfortable.

In the video, Alexis said, “I love him telling me what to do,” as she’s smiling while Trouble gripped her neck with one hand. At the same time, Trouble pressed his face against hers with a serious expression, always focused on Alexis as she talked to the man behind the camera. She looks happy to be with him, however, when she placed her hand on his, fans suggested she was making some type signal. Alexis moved her head at one point in what looked to be a reposition to show Trouble affection, but he remained firm without sharing a kiss. Alexis added, “I follow what he says” and cheerfully stated, “I been his since four years ago” before the clip cuts out.

In her Instagram Story, Alexis shared that she and Trouble are currently enjoying living the good life in Miami. The couple hit up a couple clubs on one evening and the following day Alexis relaxed poolside with her daughter before going boating with her man. Trouble responded to allegations that he was being too rough with Alexis by commenting on The NEighborhood Talk‘s post.

“Never Beat on a female in my life and never will.. I jus knock that Bottom loose as she loves me to,” he wrote. “We preshate yall concern an worry though.”

Usain Bolt Cozies Up To Stunning Girlfriend During Beach Vacation

Usain Bolt is one the most accomplished athletes in the world as he has proven himself on pretty well every single stage track and field. The Jamaican sprinter has proven himself as the fastest man in the world and is showing very few signs slowing down even though he is getting older. To keep himself occupied between events, he has taken up soccer where he has actually been decently successful. With all this in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he wants to relax and spend some time with his loved ones once in a while.

Thanks to some new photos obtained by Bossip, Bolt was seen in Formentera, Spain recently where he was on vacation with his longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett. The two appeared to be waving at a crowd photographers after having gotten f a boat. Bolt was dressed all in white, while Bennett donned a gorgeous red summer dress.

There was a time where Bolt was being accused cheating, although for now, it looks like he and Bennett are still going strong. They seem to be quite happy on this vacation and to be honest, why wouldn’t you be when you’re in Formentera. There are certainly worse things you could be doing with your time.

Big K.R.I.T. Explains How Stepping Back From Production Allowed Him To Have Fun On "K.R.I.T. Iz Here"

Big K.R.I.T. is feeling free. In 2017, the proud Mississippi native returned to his independent roots and dropped the double album 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time through his Multi Alumni imprint. Now, he’s fresh off the release of his follow-up K.R.I.T. Iz Here, which is all about him having fun.

The biggest change for the King Remembered In Time was giving up some responsibility in the creative process. After handling the bulk of production on his projects for his entire career, he let others handle the workload and only produced one song on K.R.I.T. Iz Here. In doing so, he allowed himself to strictly focus on the MC side of his artistry.

HipHopDX recently caught up with K.R.I.T. to discuss his new album and this stage of his career.

During Part 1 of our conversation, the southern rhymer detailed the difficulty of giving up production duties for his latest release and described what it was like to be a lifelong UGK fan working on Bun B’s Return Of The Trill LP.

HipHopDX: Now that you’re back to being independent, what is independent life like now as opposed to before Def Jam?

Big K.R.I.T: Aw, man … before Def Jam, it’s like you’re just trying to get heard as much as possible, right? When K.R.I.T Wuz Here came out, it was almost like I was doing this album — and it was a project or a mixtape in a way — but I was kind of like, “If this doesn’t work, I’m just going to back to Meridian, Mississippi.”

So, if you listen to K.R.I.T Wuz Here, you hear me on East Coast beats, West Coast beats. I’m singing! It’s this collage of music that I created. It was like all the best songs that I had at the time and putting it on the album. And being independent, I can do this. It can be 22 records, I don’t care. I just want you to hear what I have to say.

To resurface again and be independent now — next year is the 10-year anniversary of K.R.I.T Wuz Here — and to be able to cap everything off now with K.R.I.T Iz Here is almost me showing people that I belong in this arena of Hip Hop. I’ve always been lyrical. I had subject matter, I had the videos, the visuals, the artwork. [I’m] just kind of reminding and bringing it back to the surface, but it’s my way. It’s freedom, it’s independence, it’s confidence that I didn’t necessarily have when I was young or back in 2010.

HipHopDX: Makes sense. Now, this is your second independent release after leaving Def Jam. What lessons did you learn from 4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time that you took into this one?

Big K.R.I.T: It was a matter of time with this whole thing. I had the option to do a double album. Originally, I wanted Cadillactica to be a double album, but it couldn’t happen and that was still being with a label. But once you get off that, I’m independent. I’ve got distribution, shout out to BMG. It’s one of them situations where we can actually do a double album. Well, let’s do it! And I did it and I was able to showcase both sides of myself musically: this is the Justin Scott side and the Big K.R.I.T. side.

I think with this new album, it’s more of a collective effort. It wasn’t me just being in my room chipping away at the instrumentals that I have. I only produced one record on this album. I end up recording probably like 80 records. We broke that down to 50 and then we listened to that over and over again until we got to 18 and down to 15.

I worked with amazing producers with this album. Talking about Danja, DJ Camper, Wallis Lane, Muzik Major, Khalil. WOLFE de MÇHLS produced three records on the album. Tae Beast, Doncorleonie, and then even the features are things that people didn’t expect me to work with these artists. But I have seen them and I notice all the people that were around and was like, “Man, what about working with them? Maybe you should try this.”

It was just amazing to get out of my comfort zone and see how exciting it was for me, as well as to be able to kick it to different cadences on every beat. Every track, I’m kicking a different cadence. Every track really surprises people too because most people are used to me being in my comfort zone on an album. But naw, it’s different this time.

HipHopDX: On your double LP, you really got a lot of things off your chest. But listening to K.R.I.T. Iz Here, it seems like you’re more relaxed and having fun. Did you feel like there was some pressure off your back?

Big K.R.I.T: Yes! It’s amazing to finally be able to have fun, just doing what I love to do. It kind of reminded me of being in my grandmother’s house and I was just whipping up a beat; I got a sample and I’m just jamming it all day long. It didn’t matter whether anybody heard or not, but I knew what it was. I feel like this album in itself is me just having fun.

This is also the first release that we’ve done in the summer since Live From the Underground. So, it’s like it’s hot outside and I just wanted to create music that lives in this time. You can ride to your job or when you’re going to the barbecue or you’re going to the club, you can play my music while you’re getting there. And then they’ll be playing my music while you’re in there. [Laughs]

HipHopDX: As you mentioned, you only produced one song on this. As somebody who is so hands-on and always been involved in the production, what’s it like for you to step back from that? Is it difficult? Is it freeing?

Big K.R.I.T: It was difficult, bro. It was difficult in the beginning, primarily because if I make a beat, I know exactly what I want to say on it. I know the tempo, I’m going to get the tempo and it’s boom boom boom. So normally, I can curate and create everything around.

So, you go in and you’re working with these amazing producers. It almost puts me in the perspective of, “Yeah, I wrote the whole song, I’m ready to record it.” Then in the back of your mind, you’re like, “I hope you like it.” [Laughs] I hope this is what you heard being said over what you spent hours on as well.

It was difficult in the beginning, but then it became this challenge that I needed. Because all the producers I worked with are the kind of people that were like, “You’re killing it. You’re snapping, but I kind of heard something different. Maybe you should have approached this different. Think about this, think about that. Maybe it’s a poolside, summertime, a place you’ve never been before. How would you approach that?”

And then the fact that I didn’t make the beat, I wasn’t as fatigued as far as listening to the record. So, I could shift those verses out and start over. Let me create again. And it’s amazing because Rico Love and my manager Dutch coordinated this album together. Having them in the groove telling me, “You can do this different” or “You can go harder on that.” It’d be 1 or 2 a.m. and everybody’s tired. People are sleeping and I’m like, “I got to finish the song because this is what I do.” I love what I do, so I got to do this. And I think you could hear the hunger in the album, in the resurgence, in the refreshing aspect. I been in the game for a minute, man, but I’m still out here trying to challenge myself.

HipHopDX: Last year, you were releasing some EPs and ended up compiling them as the TDT project. What made you include “Energy” and “Learned From Texas” on the album after you already put those songs out on the EPs?

Big K.R.I.T: The crazy thing is the “Energy” video came out after the EP had really been out already. And then “Energy,” it started to grow again almost as if we hadn’t dropped it. And then “Learned From Texas,” I show love to Texas. It’s just a part of me because they were the first … especially UGK, this was the first group that I saw from a small town like I was from, and they were unapologetically country.

For me, I just want to pay my due and let people know what I was inspired by growing up musically. Production like Pimp [C], producing a lot of records and singing on them, and it just made sense to put “Learned From Texas” on the album. And “Energy” is almost like a whole new record in itself, so I just wanted to add those on.

You know how streaming is. Streaming isn’t like having actual records out. What you think is old to somebody else, it’s a brand new song they never heard before.

HipHopDX: Gotcha. I’m a Baton Rouge native, and I don’t think people outside of the Gulf Coast quite understand just how much UGK means to people in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. How special was it for you to be involved as an executive producer on Bun B’s Return Of The Trill album?

Big K.R.I.T: It was a blessing. It was crazy too ’cause it was surreal. Some days we’d go in there, and he’d be giving me life advice and talking about experiences in his life. And then he’s writing a verse at the same time. I’d prepare beats like, “We going to do this, we going to do that.” Just to be in that room, I was listening to “Murder” on repeat! “Hi-Life” got me through so much in my life. To be in there [with Bun] is amazing. I was just honored brother, to be honest with you.

He’s got the hunger to still give you quality verses to work. ‘Cause after he’d record a song, it wasn’t like, “Well, we good.” He’s like, “Bet, play another record!” I’m like, “OK, I got another beat!” Before you know it, we done ran through five songs. And then now you’re talking about Gumball or shows he did back in the day. It was an amazing experience. And I co-executive produced it along with [Bun’s wife] Queenie, so I didn’t executive produce the whole album. Queenie was there too. She also played a huge part in that, not just me. So, yeah, can’t forget that.

HipHopDX: Back on your album, I thought one producer who really shined was DJ Camper with his work on the intro and “Make It Easy.” What do you enjoy about his production and what makes him click so well with you?

Big K.R.I.T: I met Camper years ago, and Camper expressed to me how great he was and how great he was going to be. I’m like “Man, you got it. I fuck with your energy, your confidence.” And what he did was he went out and proved it. He went hard, so every time I get in the studio with him, that’s family.

He’s so talented, not only as a producer but as a singer, as a writer. There are so many different variations to him. I know he’s going to give me something that’s going to be soulful, it’s going to knock in the trunk. Whatever we can do, we’re gonna do it. If we’re going to do live [instruments], we going to do horns, we going to do strings. And then we’re going to dial back if that might not fit. But we’re gonna exhaust all the ideas to make sure this record is as jamming as possible.

The particular song “Make It Easy,” I had been listening to that sample for about eight, nine years. I never could figure out how I wanted to approach it, flip it, whatever. Play the song, 30 seconds in, [Camper’s] like, “This it! Let’s do this.” And then you have what you have now, which is “Make It Easy.”

And then he was like, “I’m going to do some drums on this too.” And the same thing he did with “K.R.I.T. Here.” We were at Danja’s studio in Miami. He in there just drumming away. The excitement he has to make music is infectious. And then you have the finished product, which is a record that you’re proud of. And you listening to it like you didn’t even make it.

HipHopDX: That’s great. “Make It Easy” is my favorite joint on the album.

Big K.R.I.T: Thank you, man. I got off on that second verse!

Look out for Part 2 of DX’s interview with K.R.I.T. coming soon.