JID Says He Enjoys Making Fans Feel Uncomfortable With New YouTube Freestyle "29"


| LAST UPDATE 06/21/2022

By Mahlik Campbell
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Dreamville prodigy JID – a nickname short for "jittery" that his grandma coined when he was a kid – just dropped a YouTube loosie titled "29 (Freestyle)," marking his first solo release this year.

As fans prepare for his new album 'The Forever Story,' JID is hoping to push them outside of their comfort zones.

"I love how uncomfortable '29' makes people feel, but if u find the swing I was rapping in the beat u will hear it totally different," he told his 614k Twitter followers. "It lets us know how much rhythm you really have lol."

He added, "We pushing these envelopes of sound and flow and pockets and all that s**t in this next body of work. I appreciate ['29' producer] Christo always being light years ahead with his ear and experimentation."

Though it's been almost 4 years since his last full-length effort 'DiCaprio 2,' JID's creative presence remains strong in hip-hop culture. He's graced songs with the likes of Doja Cat, 21 Savage and Aminé.

Plus, he's all over Dreamville and Spillage Village's celebrated group projects, earning a Grammy nomination in the process.

He talked to B High about why he works so well with Atlanta-bred artists like Savage, Young Nudy and more. "We all from the same cloth, it's just different stitches. Even me doing a song with like Savage or Nudy or somebody I've done songs with – it's gonna work just because we from the same mud," he said.

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"I like having my own sound 'cause initially some people say outside of hearing me talk, you don't even know where I come from if you hear the music," the 31-year-old explained. "But at the same time, it's just a different story told from a different set of eyes."

If J. Cole used social media, he'd probably say how proud he feels about JID's growth and work ethic, as he's built a fanbase of over 25 million Spotify monthly listeners since Cole signed him to Dreamville in 2017.

JID first met Cole via rap duo Earthgang and a mutual friend.