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Big K.R.I.T. Says He Almost Went Broke During the Making of 2014's 'Cadillactica'

"I was investing all my money into it without the label knowing."

In a new interview with Jackson Free Press, Big K.R.I.T. revealed that during the making of his 2014 album Cadillactica—his final release on Def Jam—his bank account almost read zero.

"I pretty much went broke doing the album because I was investing all my money into it without the label knowing," K.R.I.T. told writer Micah Smith. "I wanted to finish it without asking for any budget or anything. And man, I realized that money doesn't make you happy, and I realized that I had been abusing my vice in different ways."

On last year's 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, K.R.I.T.'s first independent release since the split, the Mississippi native ran toward that vice—alcohol—which he professes was a coping mechanism in his battle with depression.

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Unlike in 2014, however, K.R.I.T. was able to create his latest full-length on the strength of his relationships and not the number of commas in his checkbook. In a 2017 interview on Everyday Struggle, when people still watched the show, K.R.I.T. told former host Joe Budden that nearly all of the guest features on his double-album provided their talents free of charge.

Big K.R.I.T. is currently on a domestic tour through the end of April, joined by opening acts CyHi The Prynce and Childish Major.

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