It’s Time to Stop Comparing JID to Other Rappers; He’s in a League of His Own: Live in Nashville, TN

JID by Alexandra Cole

JID by Alexandra Cole

I’ve been following JID for a while now. Originally discovering him through Earthgang back in 2015. His “Sunday” verse (off of Torba) immediately stood out to me and put him on my rap radar. After seeing Earthgang open for Young Thug and J. Cole earlier this year, JID remained atop my concert priority list. Needless to say, I had very high expectations for this show. After the lights dimmed on some cardboard cutouts of movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, J-Lo and Shia Labeouf, JID’s touring DJ comes out on stage to set the vibe for the night. Hyping everybody up is an understatement. The crowd was straight “lit” (for lack of better words), which prompted JID to come out and drop his 2017 debut album The Never Story’s closing track “LAUDER”. Although a bit of a shocker, being one of the lesser known records off of The Never Story, the crowd still hollered along. I immediately knew that everyone here was as big of a fan as I am. After “LAUDER” came my personal The Never Story favorite: “EdEddnEddy”. Named after the Gen Z cult classic cartoon, the second the first beat dropped, the crowd erupted and stayed rowdy through the end of the tune. To our surprise, he quickly shouts out his friends Earthgang and spits his verse to “Meditate”, a defining moment of the night.

JID by Alexandra

JID by Alexandra

Next came the lull of the set to give the crowd a break. Still rocking The Never Story, he moved from “Hereditary” to “All Bad” to “Underwear” before dropping his first DiCaprio 2 record “Slick Talk”. DiCaprio 2 being one of the best hip-hop albums of 2018, JID appeased newer fans with an instant classic. Afterword, he continued the high energy with “Westbrook”, rapping alongside the A$AP Ferg assisted chorus. As I looked around, the entire crowd was moshing. This is the first time I’ve seen Cannery Ballroom get completely overtaken by such liveliness. At this point, he dropped my favorite track off DiCaprio 2: “Workin Out”. If you want fresh summer vibes, watch the video here. The real kick was the ending of the song, a clip of Zack Fox ripping on J. Cole, to which the entire crowd recited from memory.

Showcasing his versatility, JID seamlessly flowed through his sophomore LP with back-to-back performances of “Off da Zoinkys”, “Strawberries”, “Just Da Other Day” and “Off Deez”. The latter truly showcased his signature high-speed wordsmithing. As I peered around, I saw several jaws dropped, truly surprised that he could actually rap at the speed of his tracks. To close, he dropped his biggest hit “NEVER” off of The Never Story and newer hit “151 Rum”. During these two, the crowd turned into a full fledged party.

He threw fuel into the fire, ripping up his cardboard cutouts and throwing them in the crowd of heavy headbanging and roaring singalongs. I couldn’t even see JID over the sea of hands and jumping heads. He stormed off with on the highest note of the night. That didn’t stop the crowd from cheering until he came out for an encore, dropping DiCaprio 2 bonus track “Hasta Luego”. As the crowd collected itself from the pure magic of the night, I reflected a bit. This show felt different from others I’d seen at Cannery, yet more similar to Wednesday night with Travis Scott at Bridgestone Arena. He has the star power and stage presence matched with talent that will most definitely propel him into superstardom. Watch out Kendrick, JID is coming for your throne. His tour is far from over. Catch him at some of these dates:

5/28 @ Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA

5/30 @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR

6/2 @ SOMA in San Diego, CA

6/3 @ Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

6/4 @ Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

6/7 @ Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ

6/9 @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom & Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO

6/14 @ House of Blues Houston in Houston, TX

6/15 @ House of Blues Dallas in Dallas, TX

6/18 @ The Beacham in Orlando, FL

6/19 @ Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, GA

6/20 @ Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, GA

7/7 @ Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland

7/19 @ Suvilahti in Helsinki, Finland

7/27 @ West Riverfront Park in Detroit, MI

7/28 @ West Riverfront Park in Detroit, MI

3/27 @ 1 OAK Nightclub in Las Vegas, NV

4/27 @ Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento, CA

5/3 @ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD

5/5 @ Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD

5/7 @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in Cleveland, OH

5/8 @ Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA

5/9 @ Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, VA

5/11 @ Rolling Loud in Miami, FL

5/12 @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY

5/13 @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY

5/15 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Canada

5/16 @ L’Astral in Montreal, Canada

5/18 @ The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI

5/19 @ First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN

5/22 @ Garrick Center in Winnipeg, Canada

5/24 @ The Palace Theatre in Calgary, Canada

5/25 @ Union Hall in Edmonton, Canada

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Written by Sam Harkey

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