Album Review: J.I.D.’s The Never Story

J.I.D. is an Atlanta MC and is signed to J. Cole’s label Dreamville Records. J.I.D. is a versatile artist with a soft vocal delivery who sounds at home on records of different genres. His debut LP, The Never Story, weaves in and out of different sounds including trap, modern R&B, neo-soul, and 90s rap.

Overall the album is a really good listen. J.I.D. can really rap. His flow is precise and he never lets the beat get away from him. I wasn’t really impressed by his lyricism, though. His writing is better than many of the big name rappers out now, but it isn’t anything out of this world.

The hooks on this album are, for the most part, pretty catchy. One of my favorite choruses is on the R&B track “Hereditary.” This song is definitely one of my favorites on the album. The only hook I really have a problem with is the one on the single, “Underwear.” The hook was funny and cute at first but after a few listens it gets old.

The instrumentals on the album are great. The two trap instrumentals on the song “NEVER” are abstract and eerie. Both echo the sound of Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. project (and so does J.I.D.’s flow on the track). The beats on the songs “General” and “D/vision” have a nice 90s sound to them. J.I.D. is one of the few artists that can pull off a variety of styles.

My favorite tracks on the album include “Hereditary,” “All Bad,” and “Somebody.”

This is a really solid debut from J.I.D. His sound has a good balance of uniqueness and familiarity. Because of this fact, I can definitely see him being in the mainstream radar soon, especially with his connection to J. Cole.

Final Verdict: 8/10