With the temperatures heating up and new waves of hip-hop artists emerging, SOHH recently caught up with OutKast’s Big Boi to talk about today’s rap game and what artist has his attention.

Despite newcomers like Kendrick Lamar exploding onto the scene with hit records, Big Boi stuck to his Southern roots and singled out Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T.

“Big K.R.I.T. [is my favorite new artist that’s stepped on the scene]. He has substance in music; he has substance and he’s a dope producer,” he told SOHH writer Amber McKynzie. “He’s talking about something. It’s not the same song over and over and over again with different dudes on it; I like how he switches it up. But most of all, [I like him] because of the substance. You can make the party records all day long, but damn, don’t [people] chill out sometimes? Don’t you just wants some peace or some tea or something?” (SOHH)

Last year, hip-hop artist Trip Lee crowned K.R.I.T. his SOHH Underrated pick and likened his music to providing OutKast-like vibes.

“It’s not because he’s got such a buzz going on right now, a good buzz going on right now, I think he’s an incredible talent with the beats he’s doing and he’s thought-provoking in a lot of his stuff now. Me and Big K.R.I.T, when you listen to our music, you’re going to hear a big difference because I’m always trying to be careful not to contradict what God says in his word. In terms of him as an artist, I think he’s a beast. I’m hoping there’s going to be room for him to be one of the leaders of the new school. And I’m from Texas, when I hear Big K.R.I.T., I think of the South, all of the OutKast stuff, he just pulls something out and he really speaks to the South.” (SOHH Underrated)

Recently, K.R.I.T. chopped it up with SOHH and revealed his first rap alias.

“My first rap name was 21st Warrior [laughs]. I was probably about 12 or 13, man. I had watched this Antonio Banderas movie that came out called The 13th Warrior. My baseball number at the time was 21 so I just took the warrior part. It went from 21st Warrior to Kritikal, but I had a hard time with people understanding how to pronounce my name, so I just dropped the “kal” and kept the “Krit.” From there I came up with the acronym for what K.R.I.T. stands for now – King Remembered In Time. That was the beginning of it all.” (SOHH’s Now We Here)

BK also gave SOHH the scoop on what artists he sees having bright futures ahead of them.

“For one, I would say Big Sant — he’s an amazing lyricist. I’ve been knowing him since I was 13 years old, and I’m excited for what’s to come. Then I gotta go with Joey Bada$$. He got the cover of the XXL freshman this year and he dropped a classic mixtape at a young age, so I’m excited to see what kind of music he creates as he gets older.” (SOHH’s Now We Here)