Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. recently recalled clocking in studio time with late music icon B.B. King and reflected on their “Praying Man” collaboration.
After revealing his grandmother sparked the introduction, K.R.I.T. remembered how much it meant for King to agree to work with him.
“It’s crazy that just a few years later, I was able to actually make a song with him. The first time I talked about it with my team, it seemed so far-fetched. But I sent him my song “Praying Man,” and he said he wanted to be part of it. So I went to Las Vegas – the first and only time I’ve been there. Even being in the studio with him was surreal. I didn’t ask him to play the guitar. He was just supposed to sing on the hook. But then he said, “Hey, man, if you want me to play Lucille, I’ll do that too.” Who’s going to say no to that? He only listened to the track once or twice, then he said, “I’m ready. Press play.” He did three takes, straight through, didn’t mess up a lick. It was flawless. I knew that would have made my grandmother proud.” (Rolling Stone)
K.R.I.T. also paid homage to King on his Instagram page this week.
According to reports, King’s life came to an end last night (May 14) in Nevada.
Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night. His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration. (CNN)
King’s unexpected death sent handfuls of celebrities to their Twitter pages to pay homage.
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) May 15, 2015
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) May 15, 2015
— LeToya Luckett (@LeToyaLuckett) May 15, 2015
— Yolanda Adams (@YolandaAdams) May 15, 2015
— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) May 15, 2015
— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) May 15, 2015
— CedricTheEntertainer (@CedEntertainer) May 15, 2015