“Writing that verse, recording that verse and even listening to that song is not the easiest thing to do cause I know why I wrote it,” Big K.R.I.T. said.
In September, Big K.R.I.T. appeared on Kenneth Whalum’s “Might Not Be OK,” where he pondered that the treatment of blacks in America might not get better than what it is, which consists of nonstop injustice, brutality and racism.
Starting the verse pointing out the racism, he later takes on the role of the racist people trying to justify and normalize the mistreatment of black people. People die everyday, you should get used to it. Hands behind yo’ back, face down, and still say you shootin’,” he says before elevating his anger trying to make sense of how people can think like this.
“We can make music about it but it’s still somebody that lost their life,” he told Genius, who had K.R.I.T. break down his verse for their VERIFIED series. “We’re going to watch and tweet and then the person will probably get off and we’ll be right back where we started. I’m at a point where, it’s hard to forgive that. The anger builds up. What do I do next? What do I say?”
K.R.I.T. performed this verse in the form of spoken word at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. He said he recorded it a day or two after he completed his #12For12 series, where he released 12 freestyles in 12 hours.
Watch his discuss his verse and how he connected with Kenneth Whalum below.