Label They Almost Signed To: CTE World
Label They Ended Up Signing To: Cinematic Music Group, Def Jam
Circa: 2006

Mississippian rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. has enjoyed a long, gradual rise on the strength of critically acclaimed mixtapes like K.R.I.T Wuz Here and Return of 4Eva. Although everyone acknowledges his talent, both on the mic and behind the boards, his early career lacked the kind of big-name cosigns that are often so helpful to young artists. But, while it didn’t pan all the way out, one rap superstar almost signed K.R.I.T as early as 2006.

DJ Folk, an A&R exec for Young Jeezy’s CTE label said they’d almost signed K.R.I.T way back when, and that Jeezy has always been a huge fan. Folk tweeted that he throught K.R.I.T’s twin talents turning him into, "CTE’s Kanye." Folk even said that his discovery of K.R.I.T is what propelled him to the position of A&R for Jeezy’s Label. In the end, it wasn’t meant to be. K.R.I.T. signed to Def Jam two years ago, but everyone involved seems to be doing pretty good.