East Atlanta’s JID, born Destin Route, who was signed by J. Cole to Dreamville back in 2017 and dropped The Never Story same year, showed the world that he was among one of the most talented rappers in the world that were coming up. His acclaim further grew with the following year’s DiCaprio 2 which contained songs such as “Off Deez” with Cole and the rabid “151 Rum.”
The 31-year-old MC’s latest effort The Forever Story has finally arrived after a four-year hiatus and finds JID aiming for the throne. Where The Never Story and DiCaprio 2 were more based around the energy of their bar-heavy tracks, The Forever Story leans more into the soulful side of JID’s sound.
To promote his new album, the young rapper has recently sat down with Bootleg Kev where the two briefly talked about Eminem’s fast and chopping style of rap. JID revealed that he is not a fan of that rapping style despite doing it himself.
Kev: When rappers chop and fast rap, I feel like sometimes it’s amazing. Guys like Rittz, Tech N9ne are really good at that. But sometimes it’s like really unbearable.
JID: Sometimes it’s unbearable. You know what? I’m just like this. I hate it though. I would not listen to that s**t though. I respect it and all but it’s kinda crazy. I don’t think it’s my niche. I just do it. Effortlessly. I’m not trying to rap like this. I don’t really aim for this style of music. I would not even say rap is the first thing I would press play in my car.
Kev: I feel like, for Eminem being one of the greatest rappers of all time, I don’t like when he raps like that. It’s not for me. Shout out to Em. Curtain Call 2 out now. Did you listen Eminem growing up?
JID: I used to love Stan. He’s great. I love all the craziness. I was super fan when Eminem was prominent. Before 2002. 1998-1999.
Back in 2019, in an interview with Nardwuar at SXSW JID talked about Eminem and the legendary Smack DVDs: “This is how I started rapping. This is crazy. I love Eminem. This is how I started doing music bro. I started watching these DVDs. Battle rap is the most talented level of rap there is. They are most creative. This is why I say certain things that I say. That’s why I was been waiting somebody to try me. Cause this is what I do. This is my life. This is my fetish.”
You can watch the new and an old interview after the jump below: