Watch Big K.R.I.T. Pay Tribute To His Grandmother During ‘Tiny Desk’ Performance
The Mississippi king, Big K.R.I.T., brought along friends Bryan Michael Cox and Burniss Travis II for his three-song set for NPR’s Tiny Desk series.
Big K.R.I.T. has been on a tear since his latest project, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, dropped late last year. He’s been everywhere, doing shows, creating videos and endearing himself to a new audience who weren’t yet familiar with the Down South Kang from the ‘Sip.
Continuing his growing reign as a hip-hop monarch, Krizzle brought along friends and musicians, Bryan Michael Cox, Burniss Travis II and Justin Tyson to perform a three-song set for NPR’s Tiny Desk series. Halfway through his performance, K.R.I.T. stopped to pull out an old-school tape recorder — the same one his grandmother would use to record him singing and reciting poetry as a child. “I have to feel like my grandmother was my first mix engineer,” he says before pressing play to reveal he and his brother as kids singing a duet of Donell Jones’ 1999 slow jam, “Where I Wanna Be”.
All three songs performed on Tiny Desk were from the side-two portion of 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, which is a double album where K.R.I.T. covers everything from blessings to depression while giving the listener all of him. His grandmother’s voice calls out his name during the performance, but she wasn’t the only special guest. With Bryan Michael Cox, Burniss Travis II and Justin Tyson in tow, this quartet of musicians delivered a stripped-down version of Young Krizzle’s thought-provoking material. So, without gushing too much about this performance, you can see the man and his band at work in the video below.
“Keep The Devil Off”
“Bury Me In Gold”