The Fox Theatre Presents
Sold Out: J.I.D - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN TOUR
REASON, Hardo, Lou The Human
Wed Feb 6
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$65.00 - $99.00
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Ages 15+ without a parent
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With Atlanta’s robust music scene as a backdrop, J.I.D. had already dabbled in making music and had gotten an overwhelmingly positive response to his first recording over Bun B’s “Pushin” back in high school. So he decided to make a mixtape. “It was crazy,” recalls J.I.D., who got his moniker from his grandma, who used to call him ‘Jittery.’ “We had hella dope songs on there and we got buzz around the campus. Kinda like what happened in high school happened again. That’s when I realized I had an idea of how to do this.”
As his campus rep grew, J.I.D. met and connected with fellow ATL transplants EarthGang at school, and started doing shows with them. When he moved back home, J.I.D. helped form the Spillage Village collective with EarthGang (who had also relocated back to Atlanta), producer Hollywood JB, Jordan Bryant and DJ DarkKnight. His Para Tu mixtape, which boasts the revered cut “Proverbs,” arrived in 2013.
Steady on the grind, J.I.D. kept recording, networking and performing. His February 2015 mixtape, DiCaprio, was inspired by the acclaim J.I.D. felt the actor was lacking. “Leo wasn’t getting any type of recognition, and I felt like I wasn’t getting acknowledged in my field either,” J.I.D. explains of the project, which showcased his burgeoning lyricism and storytelling skills. “I used different phrases and quotes from his movies in the mixtape, stuff that could get my thoughts out about being an underdog. That’s how I always felt being the youngest, but I knew one day that would change.”
The 25-year-old’s big break came organically. While on tour with EarthGang, who was opening for Dreamville artist Ab-Soul, J.I.D. met and developed a relationship – a brotherhood, really – with J. Cole, one that eventually led to J.I.D. signing to the North Carolina rapper’s imprint.
“Cole is somebody who’s been doing what I’m trying to do and he’s a big part of helping me out right now,” J.I.D. says. “I already had my music ready, but he gives opinions and critiques and helps me fine tune it because he knows where I want to go and he understands what I want to do in the music. He’ll come back and ask me, ‘What is the message you’re trying to tell?’ He’s really big on making sure I portray my story right.”
The next set of stories J.I.D. will be telling are on his forthcoming Never: Chapter 1 EP. “It’s all about where I’ve been and how I’m leaving that area of my life and trying to make everything better,” he says. “Growing up in a big family and being the last, just sucked! This EP encapsulates how it felt.”
The frenetic lead single “Never” explores what it feels like when you’ve been deprived of everything you want. “I feel like a lot of people will like ‘Never’ because the messaging is not real flashy,” offers J.I.D. “I’m upset that I don’t have these things but at the end of the song there’s a brighter transition that let’s you know there’s hope for the future. The transition in that song is real special.”
Elsewhere, “Hereditary” showcases producer HalfTyme Slim’s musical chops and J.I.D.’s storytelling skills. “This song is about stuff I’ve been through with women in my past, being hurt and the lessons that you learn,” J.I.D. says. “It’s a beautiful song, I think. I hope people put respeck on it like it deserves.”
J. Cole produced the sublime “Night Vision,” which features J.I.D. and EarthGang examining issues pertaining to the Black community. “General,” by comparison, provides some biographical information on J.I.D.
“I want people to understand the struggles I’ve been through to get where I am today,” J.I.D. reveals. “Not so much the comfortability but the peace of mind. I want to show people what you can accomplish when you step outside of your comfort zone and try to better yourself. Mine, is a common man’s story. This is a hopeful project.”
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Telling his stories on track, like the tattoos on his face and body, HARDO wears his past with pride, whether it ‘s heralding triumphs or claiming his mistakes. His colorful experiences pepper his debut release, TRAPANATI, The album’s title stems from, “Illuminati,“ the first recorded song once leaving his overturned prison stint in October 2014. HARDO explains, “’Illuminati’ refers to a secret society’s most enlightened leaders. The song explains that trappin’ is a secret society as well.”
Owning his life’s experiences, HARDO’s earliest songs show that he’s lived a complex life. The 2012 street hit, “Stressin’,” (which has over 500,000 views) was one of the earliest disclosures of his life’s dichotomy and even caught the ear of T.I. After hearing “Stressin’” the Grand Hustle CEO sought out the unsigned MC, and extended friendship and advice with HARDO readily welcomed the wisdom. Thanks to Tip, HARDO snagged Yo Gotti for 2013s “Drug Dealer Dream,” a song rooted in dirty-handed aspirations. “Back then I was living a double-life, I’m not anymore,” he admits. Reformed-yet-real, T.I. and HARDO present their stripes and laugh at the frauds on TRAPANATI standout, “I Know You Ain’t Gon Act.”
TRAPANATI is the project that is set to change his life for good. HARDO describes the CD stating, “The first few songs focus on the wild life, the happy life, what I’ve been through. But as you listen more, you realize that I’s not all good, and you see the change and growth in me in wanting to be a better person.” On the Mac Miller-assisted “Fast Life,” HARDO raps, “I’m just rollin’ up my next blunt / Pen and pad, I’m just trying to be the next up / I’m a dad, I’m just tryin’ to be the best one.” These bars tell it exactly as it is.
‘”Fair Warning” tracks HARDO’s decision to trade hustling for hope. “There’s a lot of versatility where I rap a number of different patterns and styles from the way I harmonize, the many cadences, the whole nine. I’m showing you that I am an artist who can make music and also give you what’s real at the same time. I think it’s the best record that I’ve ever done, so far,” he admits with a smile. “With the right push, I feel like I could win a Grammy behind it.” Local producers Stevie B and ADotThaGod complement TRAPANATI, along with chart-topping outfits ID Labs and Big Jerm. Longtime hit-maker Don Cannon (Jay Z, Jeezy, Pusha T) also lends his hand on album closer “How Real Is That.”
Being given a second chance, while HARDO was locked up much of his Wilkinsburg crew were arrested. “Just a couple of days before I was cleared, everybody that I hang with had got indicted on a big drug case. If I was home, no doubt about it, 100%, I would have got caught up in that situation,” he says, deadpan. “I just counted my blessings. I got an opportunity to do something with myself, accomplish these goals, and be a great father.”
Now, the Taylor Alderdice High School alum—who walked the same halls as friend Wiz Khalifa (appearing on the club-tinged “Mo’ Money”), and recorded some of his earliest verses at classmate Mac Miller’s house—will add to the Pittsburgh musical diversity. Already a hometown hero, HARDO is now a role model for the right reasons, with iron clad street respect. TRAPANATI tells this story, with a resonant message, and compelling music.
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