“The minute I decided to stop [drinking], it became awkward... because I was so used to having a drink,” K.R.I.T. explained. “That's when I realized, 'Yo, I was tripping…' Coming to the realization that I can't continue to function, even creatively, if I continue to do that to myself, it's a battle.”
There was even a moment where drinking and sobriety psyched K.R.I.T. out of making music entirely. “At some point, I really thought I couldn't make music unless I was in that zone,” he said. “The last five records of the album I wrote sober. One of them is ‘1999,’ which is more of a party, feel-good record, but I wrote that sober. In my mind, I thought I couldn't write like that unless I was in that zone.”
K.R.I.T. is far from the first artist to worry about the creative effects of confronting his vice. Fans will grow attached to artists at their lowest, and may not immediately take to new music, but that shouldn’t stop an artist from making the best decisions for their physical and mental health. The notion that an artist has to suffer for their art is true for all of five minutes. In reality, the best music can come from the journey of overcoming the darkness.
As more and more artists open up about their battles with addiction and come to realize that they don’t need a vice to be a true creative, the hope is other artists and fans can walk away with a similar lesson.
Kudos to Big K.R.I.T. for fighting his battle and letting us in on his journey.