Big K.R.I.T. Reveals He's 'No Longer with Def Jam'

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Big Krit photographed on June 20, 2015 in Atlanta. 

After releasing his 12 For 12 freestyle series project including his takes on Drake's "Hype" and ScHoolboy Q's "That Part" featuring Kanye West, rapper Big K.R.I.T. announced on Twitter that he has officially split from his former label, Def Jam Records.

"I want to thank each and every one of you for following & supporting me through out my career up until this moment. #12FOR12," he tweeted late Wednesday night (July 6). "And at this moment right now, I want to share with you, that I am no longer with Def Jam. It's officially MULTI til the Sun die." He also posted a screen shot of his tweets to Instagram with the caption, "Happy Independence Day." 

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Def Jam signed the Southern MC in 2010 off the strength of his K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape released that year. K.R.I.T.'s previous releases on the label included his 2012 debut Live From The Underground and 2014's Cadillactica. The latter even hit No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart upon its debut. The set also peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 featuring Raphael SaadiqWiz Khalifa and Rico Love

That same year, the Mississippi rapper/producer urged his fans to purchase Cadillactica after feeling "like my album was under shipped," according to a tweet. The project moved 44,000 units in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Reps for Big K.R.I.T. and Def Jam did not immediately respond to Billboard's requests for comment. 


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