It’s definitely great to see JID building up momentum toward a new body of work. In addition to recent loose cuts like “Cludder,” “Ballads” with Conway The Machine, and “Bruuuh” with Denzel Curry, the Atlanta emcee has also taken to social media to (presumably) announce that his next album would be titled The Forever Story, a possible continuation of his 2017 debut The Never Story.
Today, he blesses his fans with the new offering “Skegee,” a Christo-produced track that sees him on a stream of consciousness about vices, his college and sports history, and the now well-known Tuskegee experiments — the last of which is where the title is most likely derived from:
“Way back when I was puttin’ on my football hat, this institution came recruitin’ little Route for the stats, they sat me in a room with my dad, and it was cool but when they left I was glad, and my pops was too, he said that’s good-ass parenting/
Reminding me ‘bout that school that did them nigga experiments, on them black people, sharecroppers, down in Alabama, damn It’s not that far from Atlanta, it was the 1930’s, they did them black folks dirty because a tan.../”
The Waboosh-directed visual sees JID in Tuskegee, and is an intentional message sent in lieu of Black History Month. The black-and-white clip is filled with shots of different locations around the Alabama city and many of its beautiful residents, some of who grew up during and shortly after such volatile times in American history.
In addition to his own work, JID has been an active member for both the J. Cole-led Dreamville collective and Spillage Village, contributing heavily to last year’s Spilligion and 2019’s Revenge of the Dreamers III, the latter of which both topped the Billboard charts and scored everyone involved a well-deserved Platinum plaque.
Check out “Skegee” below.