MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Children at the Boys & Girls Club were treated to a special guest Friday afternoon in Meridian.
Meridian native and rapper Big K.R.I.T. spoke to over 300 children at the Club Friday. K.R.I.T., whose real name is Justin Scott, presented a check for $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club. K.R.I.T. makes his way back to the Queen City often and says it’s all about supporting his hometown.
"It's crazy because at the beginning of my career, I was working so much and didn't have the opportunity to come home as much as I would have liked,” K.R.I.T. says. “Now it's one of those things that's in the forefront to come back as much as possible throughout the year for whatever I can learn, whatever I can do in the community and however I can help to be a part."
K.R.I.T. talked with the children about doing their best and working hard to reach their goals.
"We had the opportunity to come down to the Boys & Girls Club. This is a place I actually used to come to when I was little. Being a person from Meridian, I just felt it was so right to come down and talk to the kids, show some love and hopefully be an inspiration during this time of the year," K.R.I.T. says.
K.R.I.T. was the grand marshal of the Weschler Day parade earlier this year. He says he will continue to support his hometown no matter where his career takes him.
Unit director for the Boys & Girls Club says they are excited for K.R.I.T. to visit.
"It's major for these kids to see a national artist that goes from city to city to perform. He's one of our own and has a great rap career right now. We are very proud of him," Torion Emerson says.