JID unveils ‘The Forever Story’ after four-year album drought

Fans seemingly waited “Forever” for JID’s third studio album The Forever Story.

Dropping the highly-anticipated project on Friday (Aug. 26) at midnight, it’s been nearly four years since the Dreamville superstar shared his previous LP DiCaprio 2 (2018) — ultimately becoming one of the most quick-witted, versatile and beloved wordsmiths in the game.

Comedian and rapper Zack Fox encapsulated fans’ feelings best on a new teaser titled “Tough Love,” saying “Just drop the album n—a” while he repeatedly flames JID for making fans wait this long. However, the Forever-long wait was well worth it.

Featuring a star-studded production roster in KAYTRANADA, Thundercat, James Blake and features from Kenny Mason, Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, EARTHGANG, Ravyn Lenae and more, The Forever Story is everything JID is and is willing to be — evidently pushing himself to the forefront of Album Of The Year conversations. Holding transparency at its core, TFS leaves no stone unturned for the Atlanta mainstay — defining each side to his sound and documenting his journey to Forever.

“Raydar,” “Kody Blu 31,” “Stars” with Yasiin Bey and “Bruddanem” with Lil Durk all prove to be masterpieces in their own right, as the album’s slighted outro “2007” further showcases that personality, depth and lyrical prowess JID has become known for. Releasing the 7-minute exclusive on YouTube last week, “2007” (which is named after the year he realized his rap dreams) is full of vocal contributions from Dreamville co-founder Ibrahim Hamad, JID’s father and J. Cole. Speaking on the process of transitioning his passion for football into rapping, the track was left off TFS due to clearance complications, but still acts as an essential foreword for the album.

Dance Now” featuring fellow Atlantan Kenny Mason is another instant highlight off the LP. Released on Aug. 9 as the album’s second single, “Dance Now” is JID and Kenny’s third collaboration together— with the former two cuts being on IDK‘s “Cereal” and Dreamville’s “Stick” off D-Day. They reconnect on “Just In Time” with Lil Wayne later in the record, but sees them flexing their chemistry once more on “Dance Now” — playing to their strengths in all aspects.

Consisting of two patented, choppy, Ja Morant-inspired verses from JID, separated by a soulful hook from Mason, “Dance Now” contains subtle yet effective changes in the beat and smooth harmonized ad-libs halfway through. The “bum bum” looped vocal on the beat creates a comfortable, jazzy atmosphere that JID has leaned into recently and throughout his career, evident on songs like “Surround Sound” with 21 Savage and Baby Tate. Of JID’s prior 2022 singles, only “Surround Sound” and “Dance Now” landed on TFS.

A lot of growth has gone into this version of JID, as The Forever Story helps the slick-tongued Georgian define his legacy for the Foreverthat’s ahead of him.

Listen to JID’s ‘The Forever Story’ below!

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