The career of Leonardo DiCaprio has been filled with roles of bravery, suspense and resilience, but also a menacing perseverance that's been hard to ignore. Atlanta rapper J.I.D has been on a similar path since dropping his first mixtape in 2012, bringing forth a dedication to his craft and honest approach to his music that has lead him to his latest album, DiCaprio 2.
Much like last year's critically-acclaimed album The Never Story, DiCaprio 2 is unassuming — the 28-year-old rapper looks much younger and less seasoned, but carries ….
Earlier this year, J. Cole closed out his puffed-up "Album of the Year (Freestyle)" by spitting, "Before I had a deal I was givin’ niggas hell/Now I’m givin’ niggas deals and they givin’ niggas hell." Those hell givers he references are none other than his dynasty-driven Dreamville label and one artist in particular that Lightskin Jermaine claims is "next up to bat" is J.I.D. or as Cole calls him "Jiddy-J.I.D." J.I.D.
Four tracks into DiCaprio 2, J. Cole, shows up for a feature. Typically, on these sort of master-student collaborations, the less-experienced rapper's strain is audible as he attempts to show he can hang. Here, it's the opposite: J.I.D's opening verse is so gleeful, so effortless and so fast, that when it comes Cole's turn to rap, you can almost hear him brace for impact.