J.I.D. Brings East Atlanta To ‘Rap Radar’ Ep. 7
J.I.D. dove into his memory bank for episode 7 of Rap Radar podcast. The pizza boy with football aspirations turned Dreamville MC recalled meeting his label boss, J. Cole, getting the co-sign from Kendrick Lamar at a recent DAMN. tour stop and bumping into Dame Dash in the hallway of an Atlanta studio.
When it comes to his own creative process, though, the East Atlanta rapper admits he takes an anti-social approach. “I’m really reclusive,” he says. “When I do my work, I’m doing it alone … I really don’t think about what’s going on in the rap game, more or less what’s going on with anything else, with myself and whatever story I’m trying to tell.”
He then spoke on getting kicked out of Hampton University (the HBCU he wouldn’t reference by name) but also placed the emphasis on education, despite its messed up system. “I might go back because I f–k with education,” he says.
J.I.D. mentions having thoughts of becoming a lawyer as an undergrad but once he got the boot from the college, he got a neck tattoo and said he wanted to become a rapper.
The EarthGang affiliate, whose debut The Never Story has become a favorite among hip-hop heads, also offered up his wishlist of artists he’d like to write with (Beyoncé, Willow Smith, Hiatus Kaiyote) and fanboyed for Little Dragon.
While he isn’t looking to win the rap game’s popularity contest, he notes that he wants respect as an artist and has no problems being his own hype man. ”Sometimes I feel like I haven’t done enough to work with southern rappers,” he says. “And then sometimes I feel like, not saying it’s personal, I’m just way better than a lot of these guys.”
Hear J.I.D. talk that talk in the full episode below.
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