MTV’s Mixtape Daily recently caught up with Mississippi Rep Big K.R.I.T. to talk about his upcoming debut Live From the Underground, which is slated to be released on September 27th.

As the interview kicked off he speaks on the Mississippi rap scene, and shouted out Tito Lopez, as the interview continued he says although he is signed to Def Jam, he is still underground at heart:

“I’m still underground at heart. At the end of the day, the type of music that I make, the type of sound I’m trying to create, is definitely being underground and Southern Hip Hop. A lot of people didn’t know I was signed to Def Jam when I dropped Return of 4Eva. I signed to Def Jam June of last year. So it’s been a process of working, grinding, proving myself, and just kind of showing people I’m not going to change just because I’m signed to a major…I’m my [own] worst critic so the music is not going to come out unless I feel 100 percent strongly about the content and the subject matter. I’m just going to do my best, brother.”

K.R.I.T also spoke on sharing his release date with J.Cole, as he said:

“End of the day man, I feel like we all got our fanbase and we all just try to make quality music for the sake of Hip Hop,” he said. “And we all friends and cool man, so it’s just about knowing that your partner is going to put his all into his music and that you should do the same. And at the end of the day, we all meet up, and we’re going to do these shows and we’re going to tour and we’re going to have fun.”

Watch Big K.R.I.T’s full interview on MTV Mixtape Daily below: