The Good, The Average & The Ugly (11/18 - 12/2)

Every Tuesday, I review what I thought was good, average and ugly from the week in music. In this edition, i'll be taking a look at multiple projects over the course of the past two weeks from J.I.D., Earl Sweatshirt, Meek Mill and Vic Mensa.



'Dicaprio 2' - J.I.D

When "Dreamville" comes to mind, most listeners immediately associate the label with J. Cole, and no one else.

You heard it here first, it's time to usher in a new face.

On February 20th of 2017, it was announced that Atlanta native J.I.D would join J. Cole's label, and following the release of The Never Story, the young prodigy caught the attention of many listeners for his lyrical complexity, show-stopping flow and one-of-a-kind voice. Following it's release, The Never Story was met with universal acclaim, but J.I.D stayed under the radar, only drawing support from his biggest fans and avid listeners of the genre.

A year and a half later, J.I.D dropped Dicaprio 2, an album released on November 26th of this year. Literally packed to the brim with mind-twisting structure and cadence, Dicaprio 2 is a 14-track extension of every strength that the talented MC has showcased since his initial inception.

"Slick Talk", the album's second track, is a brilliant twist on what many would consider to be a traditional trap record. Early into the record, J.I.D pivots the beat from a standard, true-to-style instrumental to a Kendrick-esque overlay that sees J.I.D flip his flow to match the song perfectly.

On "Off Deez", J.I.D teams up with his mentor for a lyrically dense track that sees the new artist switch his flow numerous times. At times, J.I.D's message can get lost in his incredible flow, but the words he speaks are important nonetheless. At one point, J.I.D raps:

Nigga not trying, .40 my side Eastside guy, but I been worldwide D.I.Y, T.I.Y, I'ma try, I'ma die for what I believe in We like to feast and I try to eat, edible meat I am not an animal, a beast Riding with the hammer on the seat (Oh) Shotgun, shotgun, hand on my heat

At first glance, this series of bars looks like it would take most MC's around half a minute to deliver, but J.I.D rolls it out in mere seconds with ease, speaking volumes to his uncanny ability to blend rapid flow with concrete lyrics.

Throughout Dicaprio 2, J.I.D doesn't experiment much with the instrumental structure, instead opting to let his hypnotizing delivery put the listener in a trance.

Simply put, J.I.D is going to be a star. Unfortunately, the climate of the rap genre is so set on shallow SoundCloud music. One thing is for sure, however, J.I.D realizes talent, and isn't afraid to let you know too on Dicaprio 2.

Make sure you pay attention though, he's really fucking fast.