Mississippi stand up! Reps for Def Jam have confirmed with XXLMag.com that up-and-coming Meridian, MS rapper Big K.R.I.T. has just inked a deal with the storied hip-hop label.

The 23-year-old MC/producer has been grinding on the underground circuit for a several years now, releasing a handful of mixtapes. Earlier this month he dropped his latest tape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, to rave reviews, showcasing both his lyrical talent and knack for soulful production.

The double threat has already worked with such artists as Devin the Dude, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y, both as a rapper and beatmaker.

K.R.I.T. Wuz Here is currently available online for free donwload. —Elan Mancini

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