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“Sleep At Night” Rittz featuring Yelawolf

Recently I sat down with Rittz to talk about his approach to song writing, the reasons behind his re-release of White Jesus, his relationship with DJ Burn One and the 5PMG production crew, Yelawolf, 8Ball, and what’s next for him.  If you haven’t checked out much from him yet, I definitely recommend picking up the White Jesus: Revival album/mixtape, which is a great introduction to his work.  

JB: For those that don’t know, talk to them about Slumerican. Who’s on the label and what you guys are about?  What sets you apart from other labels?

Rittz:

Well you know honestly, as of right now, Slumerican isn’t really a label.  Basically Slumerican was an idea that Yelawolf came up with.  You know when I had first got in contact with him, he had talked to me about wanting to do something with me and building up a crew.  You know when he had dropped Trunk Muzik, Slumerican just ended up being the name of the crew that we had.  At one point I think it was going to be label, but I think he just got wrapped up as an artist.  I think he’s still exploring that option, but really Slumerican is just a family man.  It’s really Yelawolf started that shit, so it’s really Yelawolf, myself, Struggle, Shawty Fatt, that’s it as far as rappers go.  There’s a lot of other people that aren’t emcees that are Slumerican too that are just skateboarders, DJs, just friends man.  It’s more like a crew as opposed to a label right now.

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Its tough to think of another rapper to come out the gate so fully encompassing the range of his great Southern predecessors.  Very few rap artists can draw comparisons from such varied rappers with their music.  His music is at times has the ability to fill the spiritual void left by the absence of Andre 3000 and at other times able to recall the legacy of Pimp C.  While artists from that generation, like Big Boi and Bun B occasionally, or maybe even David Banner when he was at the top of his game, have the ability to express that type of range in their music, K.R.I.T.’s ability to summon those powerful voices is impressive given that most of his contemporaries tend to be focused in a very specific lane conceptually and compounded by the fact that he was a child when that type of Southern rap was most prevalent.    But if there’s anything that comes through above all else in Krit’s music it’s his sense of history, tradition, faith, and all things Southern.

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