A star-studded line-up of guest features appear on Big K.R.I.T.'s newly-released album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, including T.I., CeeLo Green, UGK and Lloyd, but according to the Mississippi-born artist-producer, they didn't cost him a single cent.
"No, it's love," said K.R.I.T. on Everyday Struggle, responding to a question by Joe Budden about whether or not he paid for T.I.'s guest spot on the WLPWR-produced "Big Bank."
"When it come to these OGs, when they're like, 'K.R.I.T., I need you on this record,' I'm there, I'm on it," K.R.I.T. continued. "When you fuck with someone, it's a swap. It's all G."
Unlike K.R.I.T.'s two previous full-length albums, which were both released during his brief tenure at Def Jam, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time was released independently. While this gave K.R.I.T. complete creative control over the project, resulting in him turning over the best full-length album of his career, it also meant that K.R.I.T. was working with a much smaller budget for guest features, production, engineering and sample clearance.
"You don't know it at the beginning, but to personally reach out, like, 'Yo, can we work?' and then have that conversation. Now, mind you, if they wanted something, I would have figured out a way to make it happen. The beauty of it is, I produce too, right? So when things get rough, the artist in me, the rapper in me, is out. Who want a beat? How can I produce? Because it's still survival at the end of the day."
Given his previous comments about K.R.I.T.'s "amazing potential," it should come as no surprise that T.I. delivered his guest feature on the house. And now, we can all look forward to K.R.I.T. returning the favor on Tip's next full-length.