J.I.D
The Never Story


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh F. USER (10 Reviews)
June 30th, 2017 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Living for the dream

There comes a time in your life when you are left with a decision of which path you must choose. This decision can be difficult, especially when the outcome you want doesn’t coincide with the choice that seems right.Take, for example, your senior year of high school where everyone has this sense of indecision that often times lasts until college years. It can be truly disheartening to discover that you’ve made the wrong choice coming this far into life. As a result, many settle for the path they feel locked into. When listening to The Never Story, it’s easy to see that Destin Route (J.I.D) has been in this position before and can relate to being fickle in choosing a career path. The Never Story displays Destin coming clean with his rap persona, J.I.D, fully ditching his past life as a college athlete, and coming to grips with where he sees himself in the future. Destin is in the mindset that everyone should aspire for something more significant for themselves and this idea is explicitly clear throughout his debut release.

The personal nature of this album is apparent right from the get go. Tracks like ‘General’, where he speaks primarily about getting kicked out of college, going to his brother’s court dates as a child and talking about his father’s experience in the military. Destin truly lets down his walls, revealing his life of hardship while never asking for help along the way. He discusses his constant struggles to make cash not only to get through hard times but also to make a name for himself and his crew on tracks like ‘Underwear’ and ‘EdEddnEddy’. On his hit single ‘NEVER’, J.I.D explains that he’s “never been shit, never had shit, never knew shit, never out”, in other words he’s never had money, the proper education, and was never able to go out and buy things like everyone else because he was raised in a poor home.

Hailing from Atlanta J.I.D engages the audience with his southern lyricism, “melancholy cool” flow, and glossy vocals that do well to blend with the beats presented here. J.I.D not only shines in his relentless bars on tracks like ‘NEVER’ but we are also given dreamily sung vocals on tracks like ‘Hereditary’ that boasts jazzy and bluesy saxophone paired with twinkling piano licks. The beats on TNS tend to be muted in production which gives mixed results at times but generally pair well with Destin’s vocal delivery.

Childish Major’s hand in production on TNS is refreshing considering his involvement with many hip-hop artists lately. This includes working with the likes of Vince Staples, J. Cole, Lil’ Wayne, and most notably on single ‘U.O.E.N.O’ for Rocko. What makes Major’s involvement most intriguing is his work on Hereditary, which features jazzy saxophone with trilling piano lines that glide behind Destin’s smooth vocalizations. The funk inspired beat on ‘8701’ combined with the plucking guitar riff pairs well with the lightly auto tuned vocals of 6LACK. TNS shows Major treading some new territory while maintaining his signature sound.

Where this album lacks is not in J.I.D’s ability but in the somewhat dull production on slow burning track ‘All Bad’ and the occasional repetitive lyric. Although Destin’s vocals on ‘All Bad’ are done well enough, they fail to maintain interest paired over the dull beat which never really pushes the track anywhere. Even songs like ‘EdEddnEddy’ and ‘Somebody’ can seem a bit repetitive lyrically, although this is usually redeemed by some fairly interesting beats and J.I.D’s melodic flow.

Generally speaking, TNS is a well varied album filled with plenty of promise for the future of J.I.D. You can expect strong vocal performances, plenty of hard-hitting bars, and production that, in essence, serves as a counterpoint to J.I.D’s fairly high-pitched vocals melodies with dark funky beats. If The Never Story is any signal of what to expect from J.I.D’s future, then many hip-hop enthusiasts should be excited to see where his career will take him.



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ZombieToyDuck
June 30th 2017


6237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shoutout yet again to my man @conmaniac for the feedback and criticism, any other feedback is much appreciated!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im like ur editor I guess haha. one lil tip is if ya wanna unbleep those *** you can edit your review and just replace the asterisks with whatever word you desire (;

good review, pos. this guy is killer and it needed a review so props

ZombieToyDuck
June 30th 2017


6237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah good to know! Yeah, I suppose you are my editor man and I don't know how this didn't have a review yet, I dig this so much.

suppatime
June 30th 2017


1267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album has a couple duds but i'm super excited for this guy's future. best thing on dreamville for sure.

Digging: Horse Jumper of Love - Horse Jumper of Love

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah a couple duds but the highlights are crazy good

Brostep
Emeritus
June 30th 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this dude is pretty good, he performed at my school a few months ago. surprised he's signed to j cole's label given how much better he is than him haha



(also I reviewed this album off-site oops https://lp.princeton.edu/j-i-d-sticks-to-what-works-and-it-works-66cde48aa5f0)

ZombieToyDuck
June 30th 2017


6237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah good shit excited for what's to come

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

brostep casually mentions he goes to Princeton

ZombieToyDuck
July 11th 2017


6237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess it's hereditary, baby, why you playing with my heart?



It's heredity girl you was just playing from the start, yeahhhh

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

under where?

ZombieToyDuck
July 11th 2017


6237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no, it's underwear!

mudloop
October 31st 2017


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this guy is a beast. "Never" is the best hip hop track I've heard this year. Crazy flow and delivery

ZombieToyDuck
October 31st 2017


6237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah man! good shit love NEVER so much

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2017


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never been shit...etc.

suppatime
November 14th 2017


1267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if y'all haven't checked out earthgang you should. meditate with j.i.d is probably my rap song of the year

VaxXi
March 15th 2018


4367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This really loses steam after Hereditary

mudloop
July 10th 2018


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lauder is the 2nd best song on here so I call bullshit

Ebola
July 14th 2018


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this man's xxl cypher absolutely destroys

mudloop
July 15th 2018


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he got one of the sickest and most complex flows out there even though I don't think his lyrics are anything special his delivery is top tier

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2018


23947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah if he can get over the wordplay and braggaciado i think he will be rly special



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