Just in case you missed it, last week PG County's IDK dropped one of the hottest projects of the year, with his first studio album, IWasVeryBad, through the perpetually perspicacious Adult Swim, available on Adult Swim, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.
Most now know his story, but for new fans, IDK, short for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge, was born Jason Mills and released three mixtapes under the moniker, Jay IDK, before changing it this past summer. These projects garnered attention beyond the DMV - drawing comparisons to early Kendrick Lamar, finding him opening for Isaiah Rashad on this year's The Lil Sunny Tour. Recently, the artist formed a partnership with Adult Swim (and shortly thereafter, he tore it up back home in D.C. at the All Things Go Fall Classic, happening earlier this month). He is active in the community, frequently responding on social media, repping and following other local artists, and even posting a phone number on his website, that might result in a response from the rising star himself.
IWasVeryBad is the next step in the evolution of the Maryland rapper. The album has no filler or downtime in it's 35-minute runtime, briskly running through tight production from Kal Banx, BLWYRMIND, Thelonious Martin, and familiar others. IDK enlists a slew of quality features, from Chief Keef, on dark banger, "17 Wit a 38," to Mother Marygold, as well as Swizz Beatz in a rare exhibition flexing his bars. Pizza Shop sees him bring in DC's Yung Gleesh and hip-hop icons MF DOOM and Del the Funky Homosapien, in a previously unthinkable group of talent. IDK delivers vivid narratives, as well as insight on his relationship with his mom and his experience growing up in Maryland as a suburban kid seduced into the false glory of a criminal life. Throughout the project, he deftly balances the line between a blistering display of lyrical ability and catchy, commercial viability that will definitely attract more ears.
IDK paints pictures in his songs, and sees himself as a visual storyteller, with a future in film. He considers the album a soundtrack LP, and by partnering with Adult Swim was able to pursue his vision to help design videos to accompany every track. Check out the first part story for, "Pizza Shop," directed by IDK and Jamie Sanchez, portraying a tense heist by IDK and Yung Gleesh. Keep an eye out for part 2, as well as videos for the rest of the album.