On September 19th, Georgia native rapper J.I.D. released his new single ‘151 Rum’: the first track off of his soon to be released second album, DiCaprio 2, which a release date has yet to be announced for. The release of ‘151 Rum’ marks the rapper’s first solo work to be debuted since he dropped his first studio album, The Never Story, in March of 2017.
‘151 Rum’ is the first single off of the rising artist’s second album, that is due to be released soon. However as the album serves as a follow up to The Never Story, it also serves as a reminder of Mac Miller’s presence in rap culture. J.I.D was set to accompany the late Miller on his upcoming Swimming tour this fall. According to J.I.D., Miller helped tremendously with the post-production of DiCaprio2. J.I.D. also claims that Miller was instrumental in the organizing of the album as well. From J.I.D.’s statement via Instagram about the album, it’s evident that Miller was a huge influence to J.I.D. and truly helped develop him into the artist he’s becoming.
‘151 Rum’ continues to stand testament to the rapping skills that the 27-year-old rapper posses. On the track, J.I.D. demonstrates that he did not lose his touch for telling stories in a condense, and fast-paced way. ‘151 Rum’ is a little more than two and a half minutes, but the song still manages to tell a comprehensive story of danger, loss, and escaping death.
Part of the reason J.I.D. can execute telling a story so intricate in such a brief period of time is due in part to the unbelievable rate at which he raps. Second after second, J.I.D. manages to spit out lyrics that he has not only masterfully arranged into complex rhyme schemes, but he also raps these words at speeds that are so fast paced that it’s difficult to believe that he has the raw ability to perform like that. What adds another layer to J.I.D.’s talent for speed is that despite the pace he is rapping at, he never sacrifices his enunciation and gives into being a ‘mumble rapper’. Throughout any of his songs, not just ‘151 Rum’, J.I.D. maintains speed and accuracy that are hard to encounter in rap culture today.
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Aight here we go bruh, I got a new record coming out 9/19/2018 to begin this Dicaprio2 journey, I put out the first Dicaprio on my soundcloud February 2015(it’s still there if u wana go listen) this project isn’t like the nevrr story or anything u heard from me b4, it isn’t my gkmc or whatever else your are expecting it to be “headass”lol its not what I expected it to be but I love it and I appreciate the journey it took me through to get me here, each song feels like a individual film to me, mac came thru and helped post produce and organize on almost every song on here, I worked on being a better writer, even outside of punchlines and shit, like I can rap all fuckn day but I like writing songs and shit too, whatever, like I really just challenged my self to becoming better, period, plus me and you guys(us) have formed a special bond and that can’t be taken lightly, i appreciate every like, follow, message anyone that has ever sent, told someone about my music, trolled me, anything, thank u, hope you guys enjoy this trip we about to take, p.s I wrote all this shit but I wouldn’t read it if someone else wrote it Lmfaoo it’s just a lot, lol if U still reading this u really love me and you care lmfao, I care too and I love ya so I’m still writing this, ok, gotta take off to Berlin Now, love ya, p.s.s this album is for car rides, working out and smoke sessions(in cars) or wherever u wana smoke that’s sonically friendly,
The cover art for the single is one that almost replicates a movie poster- which is J.I.D.’s intention. To him, each song off the yet to be released album, ‘feels like an individual film’.
As for what is to be expected from DiCaprio2, the artist has informed his fans that the project turned into something he never intended it to, and that it will be very different from The Never Story.
J.I.D. has once again proved himself as one of the most important up and coming rap artists to be watching in the future. His gift for storytelling, as well as his natural talents of rapping, set him aside from most other rap artists today. DiCaprio2 should be a big turning point in the young rapper’s ever developing career.
Featured Image: Cover art for ‘151 Rum’