Mississippi-based rapper Justin Scott donned the pseudonym Big K.R.I.T., an acronym for King Remembered In Time, and began spitting rhymes in 2005. After releasing several mixtapes and gaining the respect of fellow hip-hop contemporaries such as Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa and Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T leaked his debut album digitally, which impressed the head of Def Jam Records and earned the young rapper a record deal. Perhaps most famous for his single "Country Shit," which drew on Southern cultural references, Big K.R.I.T. quickly won over a large audience throughout the South, and with the help of Def Jam, spread this audience across the rest of the US.
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