Deny a man the chance to eat and it’ll only make him fight for his meals even harder. Try to take make it difficult for him to shine, and he’ll probably do his very best to get noticed.
By the sound of it, that’s what Big K.R.I.T. is saying in his new song “Free Agent,” which he debuted on Sway in the Morning on Thursday (Oct. 13).
In the impressive tune, the Mississippi rhymer talks about leaving Def Jam and going the independent route. In fact, K.R.I.T said he felt like an independent artist the entire time he was on the historic label.
As the song starts, you can hear one of the rapper’s past visits to The Breakfast Club, where Charlamagne recalls a conversation he had with a Def Jam rep about the company not supporting the Cadillactica creator’s career. From there, K.R.I.T. begins the first verse.
“I built it from the ground up, act like they find us / From the sign the label trying to drown us / I built a boat and a moat for my castle / I graduated too, I’ve been a man, I’ve got tassels,” he spits over a bottom-heavy groove.
Back in July, the 30-year-old announced that he parted ways with Def Jam and thanked his fans for their loyalty.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for following and supporting me through out my career up until this moment,” he wrote. “I want to share with you that I am no longer with Def Jam. It’s officially Multi til the sun die.”
You can hear the Southern wordsmith’s “Free Agent” song above at the 35-minute mark and watch him spit a freestyle at the 26-minute mark as well.