To help viewers and concertgoers prepare for this weekend’s Rolling Loud music festival in Miami—which REVOLT TV will be livestreaming here—we've compiled the top three songs you must know from scheduled performer (Friday, May 5) and rising rapper Jay IDK. Hear them below!
The 24-year-old rapper hails from the DMV—Prince George's County, Md., to be exact—and began writing music while incarcerated as a teenager. Since being released, the lyricist has dropped three mixtapes, the sophomore effort's title (SubTrap) most encapsulating IDK's style: "Suburban trap" or "trap music with substance." And don't get it twisted, the "IDK" in his name doesn't stand for "I don't know"; in fact, it's quite the opposite: "Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge." Get familiar.
"God Said Trap (King Trappy III)"
Over a haunting and slow-moving rumble, punctuated by piercing pings, IDK takes on the character of King Trappy, a drug dealer detailing his self-reflection with candor. A story from start to finish, as Trappy weighs his options and wonders aloud as to whether or not he'll give up the game, listeners ponder the same: "I keep saying I'ma stop someday / Girlfriend saying I'ma get caught one day / I can stop till I get what I want okay / Only problem is my wants never go away." There's an answer at the end, but you'll almost miss it because of how hypnotizing this track is.
Boasting a jazzy groove that wouldn't sound out of place as a Kaytranada-meets-GoldLink collabo, "Somebody" may be IDK's most radio-ready track. The introductory and enunciated intro draws you in with a welcomed positivity that stands out when placed among the rest of his catalog: _"I knew I'd be somebody even when I didn't know who I would be / So know you'll be somebody even when there is a future you can't see." Melodic and emphasized by a "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" sample, it's fit for finger-snapping.
Like "God Said Trap," "I Picture" could just as easily soundtrack a horror film as it could a hazy house party. What starts off a celebration of the usual suspect vices ("Hit the club and shut it down / I picture money money / Big big big money") ends up with an unfortunate blink-and-you-missed it closer: "Car got hit with 50 rounds / I picture money money / Big big big money." As is his style, IDK once again presents with honesty the bitter and sweet sides of anything too good to be true.
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