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Artist Spotlight: Atlanta Rapper J.I.D. gives Listeners a Different Perspective

Tyler Mason
Posted by Tyler Mason on Aug 31


J.I.D. was born and raised in East Atlanta, which is the breeding ground for much aggressive trap music, as well as home to artists such as Gucci, Young Scooter, Rich Homie Quan, and Future. In a lane of his own, J.I.D. takes a more organic perspective by providing new sounds and vibes to the city of Atlanta through lyrical approaches. J.I.D. has said that he gets much of his influences from Nas, Little Dragon, and of course Atlanta’s Outkast. Instead of focusing on commercial hitmaking like his current music peers, J.I.D. believes that it is more important to take the time to build a brand that speaks to who he truly is as an MC.

According to J.I.D., it doesn’t matter how long it takes to do things his way because he believes it is the right way. “It never really mattered to me trying to get somewhere fast because if you get somewhere fast, you probably won’t stay there long, says J.I.D. This. is one artist who puts a great amount of his creative energy into making a sound that is entirely different from what Atlanta is used to hearing. With Trap-influenced music being the go-to-market in Atlanta it is rare to find music that feels original and authentic. 

Just like many recording artists, J.I.D.’s goal is to be one of the greatest whoever ever touched the microphone. J.I.D. believes that the best way for him to reach a high level of success is to continue to create genuine records that audiences can relate and connect to. In an interview with Inverse magazine, J.I.D. stated, “If you can’t relate to the music, then it’s really a big flop. I’m trying to make the most relatable stuff. I’m a person who’s been through stuff, maybe more than the average person, so it’s just a lot I can present.”

J.I.D. continues to expand his name by staying consistent with dropping solo projects, as well as songs with Atlanta natives like Childish Major, OG Maco, Two 9, and EarthGang. In 2014, before the release of his EP titled “Dicaprio,” J.I.D. got invited along with EarthGang to perform on tour with Ab-Soul for the “These Days” tour. Just two year later, J.I.D. would be asked to come rock stages with Dreamville recording artists like Coz, Bas, and J.Cole. This is truly just the beginning for the young and eccentric artist.

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Tyler Mason

Written by Tyler Mason

T. Mason is a Content Producer for A3C, as well as an entrepreneur with a passion in fashion and music.

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