J.I.D. on Why 'DiCaprio 2' Is the Best Rap Album of 2018: 'It's a Humble Flex'

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Over the course of the subsequent few weeks, Billboard can be permitting artists behind among the yr’s most notable hip-hop and R&B releases the chance to talk on why their respective albums need to be topped the highest mission of 2018. The subsequent artist to talk on his profitable run this yr is Dreamville rapper, J.I.D., for his blistering album, DiCaprio 2. — As advised to Carl Lamarre

DiCaprio 2 is mainly a glorified mixtape. We didn't go album construction. It began off on the street and I used to be like, "Bro. All of those songs we're making appears like shit that we carried out and beloved it.” That was entire the idea of the mission. Like once we carried out "Westbrook" on the Billboard Hot 100 [Festival], it was loopy. Fans misplaced their minds as a result of we made these information for performances. So, for folks to obtain it like they’re and be like, "Oh, this album is loopy," bro, DiCaprio was a mixtape, why would I make the second an album? It's just like the Chance [the Rapper] factor, type of like “The Chance Rule.” We're utilizing these sorts of techniques. It's a mixtape. The label goes to name it an album, however we all know what the fuck we put into it, we all know how we work on albums.

When I used to be making this album, it was actually across the time that Mac [Miller] died. In the center of this shit, I used to be serving to him together with his mission after which, private shit had occurred. It was really a tough ass yr for me, for actual, but it surely was additionally one of the crucial profitable, financially lit years I ever had in my life. It sucked due to the private shit I used to be going by way of and on high of the Mac shit, my cousin died, it was simply a variety of life shit.

Still, I simply at all times knew that my shit was going to be one of the best.

I bear in mind we had a present in Arizona and we needed to depart early within the morning to drive to the subsequent place. But, the night time earlier than, we went into the studio and arrange all of that shit — which is the toughest factor on this planet to do since you're carrying all of those instruments and cords — however we did a report that didn't even make [the album], however that second was like, "Alright, we're actually making this mission proper now." That session I locked in with Lute from Dreamville and made a dope ass music, but it surely didn't make the mission as a result of it was on another shit and it was that good.

Even earlier than [DiCaprio 2] was finished, I knew it was [the best]. And then, Kendrick ain't drop this yr?! I want that. Give me that. Drake and Cole dropped, after all, however I'm making an attempt to work my manner into [other rapper's] high six's. In actual time, I didn't put sufficient work in to be on anyone's listing, however like, all this shit is stepping stones. [We] tripled what we [first] did on Billboard. We have been like 197 on Billboard final yr and we premiered at like 17 or some shit? Shit like that issues to me. I don't be tripping off the numbers and shit, however the numbers did good. Like these are the information. And we dropped on a Monday, so we misplaced two days. I had the entire week.

It's simply taking on that area proper right here as a result of I do know all people dropping shit. It's nearly sustaining that area and it gave my followers an actual voice to be like, "Yeah, we're a very good ass fan-base." It made them extra highly effective. People know who I’m now. Now I can drop some shit and it's like, "All proper. People are going to concentrate." That's all you actually need. Anybody who's on this shit, we simply need to have that spotlight. That's what all people is combating for.

Nonetheless, we finna drop this No ID mission and we're gonna go loopy. This is the conceptual album, this is the one which's hella musical, hella vibes. This DiCaprio shit, I used to be similar to, "I can rap higher than y'all." It was type of a flex, however, on the identical time, it was like some humble shit, like a humble flex.