NAME: Ryan Gilliam
ABOUT: Song writer, Hip-Hop fan, sketch drawer, High School student, laid back, imaginater, dreamer, #K4L member
How did you discover Big K.R.I.T.?
I was watching his show on YouTube called DeadEndHipHop over summer break last year. They were doing a conversation on the new Freshmen class of 2011. During the middle of the video, they started talking about Big KRIT’s success and how his latest mixtape suprised everyone. When they said that he was going to be the new Southern rap artist to bring Hip-Hop back thats when I knew I had to go look up his latest mixtape THE RETURN OF 4EVA. After I had listened to the R4 I was still nodding my head and decided to download all of KRIT’s mixtapes that he dropped before the R4 just so I can get to know more about him.
What makes you a Big K.R.I.T. fan?
I love Big KRIT like he’s my big brother. When I listen to his music I feel like I’m listening to someone that I know who’s in my family. The last two mixtapes he had dropped which was KRIT WUZ HERE and Return of 4eva was very touching to me because almost every track he has on them relates to my life.
Rotation, Time Machine, The Vent, Good Enough, Get Right, Gumpshun, 2000&Beyond, Neva Go Back etc.
What is your favorite Big K.R.I.T. song and why?
“Take me way back Scarface in our tapedeck
Ridin’ with my poppa, rockin’ a starter and some gray sweats”
Me and my mother always like to ride out togeather. Anytime we go out to just ride around we always listen to good music and just vibe to it while we watch to old school candy cars drive by us.
"Gave me game as we roll down 8th street
Niggas out here flexin’, don’t be stressing what you can’t be
And don’t be vouching, don’t believe in what you can’t see
Unless it’s God, don’t be borrowin’ cause ain’t shit free”
When I was little my mother use to take me to Haughville to drop me off at my dads house. During the time when she would drive me over there she always teach important things about life and how to become a better man than my father was. Anytime we would ride out she would always tell me to never pay attention what others say about me and to always walk with my head up, my chest out, and never look down when someone is talking.
"Take me way back, fitted with a wave cap
Brushing in the hallway trying to keep these waves flat
Broads come and go rarely would they fuck with me”
Now that I’m older most girls dont even take the chance to even talk to me or even try to be a friend. Most kids at my school got more swag than me, so I try hard to atleast make myself look good by brushing my soft native hair to bring some waves in. And I do get some good comments by some girls, problem is, is that they’re all ugly as hell.
How has Big K.R.I.T. inspired you?
I use to be that kid that felt like he was a nobody and nobody cared about him and even if he had just a few friends he would still feel alone inside. But now that I’ve listend to Big KRIT, I have become more stronger than I eva, 4eva, eva, 4eva, eva have in my life. He has reminded me of how it is being a young black male in America but taught me to always have pride in myself.
What is your favorite Big K.R.I.T. experience/story?
Being invited to the #K4L fam really put a smile on my face. I got to follow and talk to folks that are real Big KRIT fans like I am. And when I first listened to his latest track MONEY ON THE FLOOR I was going crazy mane. But one thing I never got to experience was a Big KRIT concert. I always wanted to see what its like going to a Big KRIT conert in Indiana just to see how many fans from Naptown listens to KRIT. Because the only two people I know that listens to Big KRIT is me and my friend Maurice.
If you could ask Big K.R.I.T. ANYTHING, what would it be?
Well by me being a huge fan of T.I. since the first grade, I’ve always wish to ask this question. Will you produce more tracks for T.I., especially on his new album.
Dear Big K.R.I.T.:
I just want you to know that when I listen to your music I’m always looking up to you like you’re my big brother. I’ve been writing music since fresjmen year but now, you have really inspired me to not be afraid to write about things from the heart. And even though I support you I pray and hop that you dont overdose on the fame. Like you said in your song
“I am scared
It all ain’t enough
To free my soul
Lord mama I made it”.
And thank god I’m from Indiana because almost every southern word you say in your songs we say here. Which makes it easy for me to understand what choppin blades mean.