From Outkast to Gucci Mane to the recent rise of mumble rap, Atlanta has remained a breeding ground for some of the most important and impressive feats in hip-hop. J.I.D carries that torch with a deft hand and impressive flow in his long-awaited sophomore album, DiCaprio 2. The Atlanta rapper, who signed to J. Cole's Dreamville records last year, was lauded for his debut project Dicaprio and its impressive sense of lyricism and technicality. J.I.D has only gotten better with time.
The expansive 14-track sophomore effort is a brilliant showcasing of not only J.I.D's technical ability but the rising rapper's range. Opening on a skit that makes one beyond nostalgic for an age of underground hip-hop where such things were commonplace and expected, J.I.D sets the tone of DiCaprio 2 as an exercise in how to bring traditional influences to the present day and beyond. Jumping into the aptly-titled "Slick Talk," J.I.D delivers a series of rapid-fire bars over an array of atmospheric production to prove he has the skill to back up his more humorous inclinations.
Yet a few tracks later, you'll come upon "Off Da Zoinkys," a meditation on drug abuse and America's noted history of political racism. The track is stunning display of J.I.D's early soul influence and distinctive point-of-view. Tracks like "Off Da Zoinkys" and "Just Da Other Day" demonstrate the fact that yes, J.I.D is one of the most technically impressive rappers in the game, but more importantly, he can rap fast and say something of meaning too.
Whatever you may hope to find in a striking hip-hop album, DiCaprio 2 surely has your fix. You've got your notable features thanks to collaborations from the likes of 6LACK, Ella Mai, BJ the Chicago Kid, Method Man, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, and of course, J.Cole. You've got explosive bars and verses delivered over equally stirring production. Most of all though, you have an album that is cinematic in scope, with J.I.D flexing every aspect of what makes him one of the most promising up-and-comers in hip-hop. With a showing this strong, you need to give this man and DiCaprio 2 an Oscar, or well, we suppose a Grammy will suffice for now.
Listen to DiCaprio 2 below: