DiCaprio 2 came out just after Thanksgiving 2018, but now that I’m getting back to blogging I had to share this project because it’s heavy in my rotation. It is one of the best projects I heard last year. I recommend checking it out if you like hip hop. JID is from Atlanta and is signed to J. Cole’s label Dreamville. The video for Off Deez below reminds me of a combination of video styles from the 90’s. The video is shot in NYC and in the studio mixing black and white footage with a consistent color scheme. One thing I appreciate about him is even though his raps boast and have the bravado you need to succeed in hip hop, he doesn’t appear to be someone who is too full of themselves. Obviously I could be wrong, but it’s not the impression I get.
I haven’t checked out the debut album (DiCaprio) yet, but DiCaprio 2 is an interesting mix of eras and can easily appeal to a lot of people. JID is a lyricist that raps over boom bap or trap beats with a playful effortless cadence. The album features A$AP Ferg, J. Cole, 6lACK, BJ the Chicago Kid, Method Man and Joey Badass. One of my favorite tracks from the project is called “Hot Box” with Method Man and Joey Badass featured and it literally sounds like a eerie Wu-Tang track. “Hot Box” features influential mc’s from three decades of hip hop 90’s, 00’s and 10’s.
Other tracks like the gospel inspired Off Da Zoinkys, Off Deez featuring J. Cole, Slick Talk, 151 Rum, Skrawberries featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, Mounted Up, Despacito Too and Hasta Luego are the standout tracks in my opinion.