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J.I.D & EarthGang with Chaz French and Lute
Sunday November 12, 2017
D: 5:00 // S: 6:00 PM
In February, after having contributed vocals to “Jermaine’s Interlude” on DJ Khaled’s Grammy-nominated Major Key, Atlanta rapper J.I.D. became the latest artist to sign to J. Cole’s Dreamville. His debut on the imprint, The Never Story tells a single tale: Before J.I.D. started rapping, he never had shit, least of all hope for the future. Like Gucci Mane, he claims the same East Atlanta street, Bouldercrest Road, as one-time stomping grounds, but he’s a world removed from the trap star, opting for a boom-bap revival inspired by Sly and the Family Stone, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan and Little Dragon.
EarthGang has long been part of the Spillage Village crew, which also claims J.I.D, another Atlanta rapper and recent Dreamville signee, as a member. In 2016, Cole spit a verse on a Spillage Village cut called “Can’t Call It” after his feature was originally on DJ Khaled’s Major Key album as “Jermaine’s Interlude.” Longtime fans know EarthGang has been making some of the purest hip-hop we’ve heard in a while for years now, but to sign to Cole’s label under Interscope is validation that you don’t need to sell out to get on.