Big K.R.I.T. on B.B. King: 'It Was an Honor to Have Met and Worked With Such a Genuine Soul'

Big K.R.I.T. on B.B. King: 'It Was an Honor to Have Met and Worked With Such a Genuine Soul'

K.R.I.T. reminisces on the blues legend.

Published May 15, 2015

News broke last night that B.B. King died at the age of 89 in his Las Vegas home. Many fans and musicians were saddened by the bluesman’s death — including Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T.

On his 2012 Def Jam debut, Live From the Underground, Big K.R.I.T. was one of the rare rappers who got to work with B.B. King on a song called “Praying Man.” It was a huge accomplishment for his early career.

“When I was working on this record, I was thinking, ‘Who could I get to get on this project…this song that would be so monumental?’” K.R.I.T. explained to Sway back in March 2012. “You know — 15 Grammys, Rock Hall of Fame — I was able to get B.B. King on the record."

He continued, "He was just telling me about his tour experiences and just music…he actually liked the song, and when I told him I was from Mississippi he was even more excited. We got in [the studio], and he started playing on Lucille the guitar. And he played on the record too. It was surreal.”

In his Instagram post this morning, Krizzle showed the utmost respect for B.B. King and his family.

"It was an honor to have met and worked with such a genuine soul. Mr. King gave me an opportunity musically but also shared the vast knowledge he learned over the years. I am truly saddened by your passing but God has called you home and your legacy will live on 4eva. My prayers go out to the King family and friends."

If you haven’t listened to “Praying Man” yet, check it out on YouTube.

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Written by Eric Diep

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