Big Kuntry King

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Big Kuntry King
Birth name Sean Merrett
Born 1978 (age 35–36)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.[1]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2001-Present
Labels Grand Hustle, Bread Box Muzic (current)
Atlantic (former)
Associated acts P$C, T.I.
Website BigKuntryKing.com

Sean Merrett (born c. 1978), better known by his stage name Big Kuntry King, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is perhaps best known as a member of Southern hip hop group Pimp $quad Click (P$C), along with longtime friend and fellow Atlanta-based rapper T.I..[2] After signing to T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint, Big Kuntry King secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Big Kuntry King is also the founder of his own record label, Bread Box Muzic. His debut studio album, My Turn to Eat, was released September 30, 2008.

Life and career[edit]

1978-2007: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Big Kuntry King was raised in a house that held his mother, sister, and close to ten members of his extended family. When he reached the fifth grade, Kuntry moved to Atlanta with his mother, who sought a better life for her kids. While his mom worked two jobs and pursued a community college degree, Kuntry gravitated to street life, where his family had a notorious history. “I was born in the game,” says Kuntry. “My Grand Momma was in it before she died. My Auntie was in it; everybody was in it.”[1]

A couple of years after his father was released from a seven-year stint in federal prison, Kuntry started rapping as a way to earn extra money. In 1996, Kuntry befriended local up-and-coming rapper T.I., who was already known around Atlanta as a skilled lyricist, and together they sold mixtapes out the trunk of their car. “The raps, that was our dope,” Kuntry says. “We was rapping because we knew we could make us enough money to buy something and get out. And it made us look good in our neighborhood and every other neighborhood in the A.”[1]

Big Kuntry King’s first major feature spot came on T.I.’s debut studio album, I'm Serious (2001), on the song "Heavy Chevys." In between appearing on subsequent T.I. albums like Trap Muzik (2003) and Urban Legend (2004), Big Kuntry recorded and released several songs on his own, including "Still Country" and "Throwback." As a member of P$C, the Grand Hustle-signed five-man group released their debut album, 25 to Life, in 2005, which spawned the lead single, "I'm a King" featuring Lil' Scrappy. With the release of the P$C album, Big Kuntry was suddenly introduced to a nationwide audience but unfortunately for him, it wasn’t his star that T.I. and Grand Hustle focused on making the brightest: "They had just signed Young Dro, and Tip made this song ‘Shoulder Lean’ for him, he threw some verses on it and it was a smash song. We was like damn, we’ve been here since day one killing it and you’re going to come out with Young Dro? That’s when I said man, I have to step this up."[1]

In 2006, he was featured on the remix to T.I.'s "Top Back", also featuring Young Jeezy, Young Dro and B.G.. The remix was included on the Grand Hustle compilation album Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4 (2006).

2008-present: My Turn to Eat[edit]

While T.I. and the rest of the camp were overseas playing shows in Japan, Kuntry was in the studio by himself recording solo material. It didn’t take long for Kuntry to craft the catchy tracks, "Yeah I’m On It" and "That’s Right," which both featured Kuntry’s drawn out signature adlib, You know who this is man, Big Kuntry King!. "I took all of my money and pressed up the ‘Yeah I’m On It’ record,” he says. "And by the time they came back from Japan, I had two records on the radio and playing in the clubs." Determined to succeed, Kuntry was signed as a solo artist to Atlantic Records, where he released his solo debut studio album, My Turn to Eat: "I always thought it was my turn to eat cause I’m hungry. All these people are eating more around me, so either I have to take some food off their plate."[1]

After recording for close to a year, Kuntry’s debut was a solid collection of songs produced by some of Atlanta’s trend-setting track masters, including Shawty Redd and Marvelous J. On the song "Pots and Pans," Kuntry breaks down the difference between the music he was raised on Down South as opposed to what people up North were accustomed to hearing. On the Nard & B produced cut "Soul of a Man," Kuntry talks about the heavy expectations that are placed on men everyday, and the common struggle to always do the right thing. Kuntry’s track "Posse" is all about repping where he’s from and the company that he keeps: "If you listen to my album you’re going to be rockin’ the whole time,” he says. “I hand-picked all of my beats and I’m very picky. A lot of people tell me I got an ear and I appreciate it ‘cause this ear is going to get me paid.” Cha-ching!". "I think my music is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” he says. "It’s like, he’s funny, he’s cracking jokes but he’s serious ain’t he? It’s a psychological thing; I don’t think a lot of rappers are like that." The album, released September 30, 2008, debuted at #98 on the Billboard 200.[1]

On February 27, 2012, Big Kuntry King released a mixtape titled 100% (KANE), including production from Zaytoven, Nard & B and Two Band Geeks and features a guest appearance from T.I.[3] On December 12, 2012 Big Kuntry King released another mixtape, Dope & Champagne.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[5]
US US R&B US Rap
My Turn to Eat 98 13 7
TBA
  • Release date: TBA
  • Label: Grand Hustle Records, Bread Box Muzik
  • Format: CD, digital download
TBR TBR TBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Cocaine
  • Released: February 10, 2006
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Everything Big
  • Released: July 5, 2011
  • Hosted by DJ MLK & DJ Scream
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
100%
  • Released: February 27, 2012
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Still Kuntry
  • Released: September 27, 2012
  • Hosted by DJ MLK
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Dope & Champagne
  • Released: November 27, 2012
  • Hosted by DJ Holiday
  • Label: Bread Box Muzik
  • Format: Digital download
G.D.O.D. (Get Dough Or Die)
(with Grand Hustle)
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
G.D.O.D. II
(with Hustle Gang)

Singles[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"That's Right"
(featuring T.I.)
2008 105
[6]
My Turn to Eat
"Da Baddest"
(featuring Trey Songz)
101
[7]
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Dip, Slide, Rideout"[8] 2006 DJ Khaled, T.I., Young Dro Listennn... the Album
"Yeah (Remix)"[9] T.I., Yung Joc Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4
"Fuck Being Famous"[9] B.G.
"G.D.O.D."[10] 2013 Yung Booke, Doe B, T.I. G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die)
"Real Niggas"[10] Shad da God, Yung Booke
"Love to Hate Me"[11] 2014 Doe B, T.I., Mitchelle'l DOAT 3 (Definition of a Trapper)
"Champagne Room"[12] Trey Songz, B.o.B, T.I., Spodee G.D.O.D. II
"I Don't Fuck wit You"[12] B.o.B, Spodee, Yung Booke, Shad da God, T.I.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Big Kuntry King Bio". Grand Hustle. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Big Kuntry - P$CBillboard. Accessed September 30, 2008
  3. ^ "Big Kuntry King 100%". DatPiff. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Big Kuntry King Dope & Champagne". DatPiff. 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Billboard - Big Kuntry King - That's Right Accessed September 27, 2008
  7. ^ Billboard - Big Kuntry King - Da Baddest Accessed September 27, 2008
  8. ^ "Listennn... the Album > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  9. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4 > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  10. ^ a b Vasquez, Andres (May 7, 2013). "Hustle Gang "G.D.O.D." Download & Mixtape Stream". HipHop DX. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "DOAT 3 (Definition of a Trapper) [Deluxe Version] by Doe B". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  12. ^ a b "Hustle Gang – G.D.O.D. II // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2014-09-21.