Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Tiny Desk Concert' Beautifully Tributes His Late Grandmother

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series has hosted some of the dopest artists across multiple genres.  Artists are invited in to a n intimate area, accompanied with instruments to perform some of their music live. March 5, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. took his turn with NPR and delivered a soulful hip hop performance. With Burniss Travis II on bass, Justin Tyson on drums and Bryan-Michael Cox on keys, Big K.R.I.T. performs Mixed Messages, Keep The Devil Off and Bury Me In Gold, 3 tracks from the second volume of his latest 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. 

God on my line after all, but I ain’t pick up when he called
Matter of fact, I ain’t pick up at all, cause my bills paid now
Said my grace now, my light is still on, so why would I pray now?
— Big K.R.I.T., Mixed Messages

Big K.R.I.T.'s music and art as always been influenced by his grandmother. His grandmother is the person who introduced him to gospel and blues, themes prevalent in rap music. Although she passed in 2010, her legacy continues to live on in his music and during his Tiny Desk Concert, he brings with him an old tape recorder that 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,”
— Big K.R.IT.

After performing Keep The Devil Off,  a song relevant to his Meridian, Mississippi, "bible belt" roots, Big K.R.I.T. reveals the tape recorder, sharing throw-back recordings of he and his brothers singing Donell Jones, "Where I Wanna Be".  He and his brother belt out the lyrics as the recording concludes with his grandmother introducing he and his brother, celebrating their performance and thanking everyone for listening. 

Big K.R.I.T.  finishes his mini concert with "Bury Me In Gold", where he has start over as his emotions begin to lead him off beat.  Watch the entire concert below.