Spillage Village artist J.I.D. officially signs to J.Cole’s Dreamville label. This is the label’s 7th member, following the signing of Ari Lennox and Lute in December 2015.
This doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, as it has already been reported that the ATL collective Spillage Village, which consists of J.I.D., EarthGang, and JB, had close ties with the Dreamville camp. J.I.D. even went on tour with the likes of Bas and AB-Soul last year when he opened up for Omen’s EE Tour.
In November 2016, J.Cole reportedly heard the instrumental to an EarthGang track, and loved it so much that he decided to add his own verse to it. This is how “Can’t Call It” was born – and J.Cole’s solo part even made Dj Khaled’s album.
To celebrate this new signing, the Dreamville camp released a video introducing the new artist.
J.I.D.’s sound is not what you would expect from an ATLien. In other words, it’s not trap music. His music draws inspiration from artists beyond his city – speaking to Dj Booth, the 27 year old said: “Of course we listened to T.I., Lil Wayne,Outkast, all that. But one of my older brothers was big into Nas, Dj Quik from the West Coast, he had real diverse taste. My older brother would real soulful music, my sisters would listen to Lauryn Hill, my pops would listen to Sly and the Family Stone, it was just a clusterfuck of good music. I loved it”.
Check out his debut EP, “Dicaprio”, below. For all things hip-hop keep reading at True Too.