Big K.R.I.T.'s hip-hop career went from zero to 60 within a few months in 2009, but the Mississippi native had been preparing for that moment since he was 12. Working a vein of traditional Southern rap, K.R.I.T. counts Pimp MC, T.I. and B.I.G. as influences, but isn't raising himself in their image. The respected rookie insists on remaining an individual identity and delivering feel-good beats with a message instead of just stringing a slew of hits together. His tracks stand on their own, leaving few doubts in the minds of critics and fans alike that the King Remembered In Time's reign will continue to rise.