As much as I may hate to admit it, I’m 100% one of those old codgers you’d find making bold claims like “music way so much better back in my day,” staunchly holding on to the belief that most – though not particularly all – new music is hot garbage designed to appeal to the widest audience possible without maintaining a level of artistic integrity worth celebrating. I grew up in the golden age of Hip Hop, getting to experience obvious heavy-hitters like 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G. back when they were alive but more-importantly acts like Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Dilated Peoples, A Tribe Called Quest & so many other legendary lyricists who’ve yet to be usurped by anyone of the modern age – While I was certainly entertained by the more Club-centric sounds of mainstream acts like T.I., Ludacris & Jay Z, I never really felt like any of this was true Hip Hop, as it didn’t carry the same level of intellectual intimidation or the narrative heft of rappers from years prior who made you scared to walk the streets at night. For the longest time, I couldn’t bring myself to value anything coming out of the American Hip Hop scene as it was either pure garbage or just boring mumble-rap bullshit, with the best underground stuff hailing from Canada – not you, though, Drake – & the UK, but like a bat out of hell JID has suddenly graced us with some of the best lyricism I’ve heard in ages, completely embodying what was so exhilarating about the old borough-defined Rap mixes from back in the day by giving the same sort of poignant storylines & heavy street personas you’d wanna make a rad skate video to – Sure, that’s a bit specific, but those who know just get it.
Released in 2018, 14 tracks, 50 min
Hailing from East Atlanta, JID sets himself apart from his more trappish and autotuned neighbors, winning critical acclaim by reinvigorating the at-times stagnant scene with better beats and way better bars. In fact, DiCaprio 2 contains some of the best bars I have ever heard, and what’s more, JID delivers his wordplay with a creative assortment of styles, ranging from motormouthed passages, to breathless measures, to verbal jazz sequences, and perhaps most noticeable, a purposely grandmotherly-like vocalization which sounds funny spelled out on paper, yet is awesome to hear in reality. He manipulates the sound of his voice as if it was an instrument, shifting it to a higher register when needed, exaggerating his country drawl to better transmit an old soul’s sage advice – and that advice is to not, under any circumstance, try to compete with this man when it comes to spitting on the microphone. Just don’t do it. While I was blown away by his first album The Never Story, I am even more convinced now on this record that JID is one of the current Rap GOATS.
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- Nov 26, 2018
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