Rapper Jay IDK (Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge) unveils two bold energetic new singles, “Mentality” and “Somebody.” Listen to them here. The tracks are also available on iTunes. Set to release on vinyl as well, the tracks function as the A-side and B-side of a single record. The double-release is in anticipation of his upcoming project, aimed to propel Jay IDK to the upper echelon of modern hip-hop royalty in the coming months.
Also announced today, Jay IDK will be performing at The Trillectro Music Festival on Aug. 27th in Washington, D.C. at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. The stacked lineup also includes Kid Cudi, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Uzi Vert and fellow DMV rapper Goldlink. More details here.
“Mentality,” Jay IDK’s trap-inspired anthem on the A-side of the record, features aggressive verses about the realities of money and arrogance in the rap game over a hard-hitting beat. Jay IDK discusses his changing views on wealth, his peers and his own uncertainty; He is “planting his flag as a fresh, compelling artistic voice the music world should keep an eye on.” (AllHipHop) On “Mentality,” Jay IDK states, “I’ll take you where you wanna, if I don’t f*ck it up,” symbolizing the pressures that come with acquiring money as an up-and-coming rapper.
For the B-side of the record, Jay IDK discusses his poise and determination to succeed as an artist through cleverly constructed quotables. With an upbeat, funky instrumental that features a saxophone solo, “Somebody” delivers an inspirational and confident hook with the tagline: “Know you’ll be somebody even when there is a future you can’t see.”
“Mentality” and “Somebody” mark the second chapter of an already successful and productive 2016 for the DMV native. Jay IDK is hungry and determined to make waves amongst his rising hip-hop peers, and these tracks are the first tastes of Jay IDK’s forthcoming project. Following the success of Jay IDK’s support on Freddie Gibbs’ Shadow Of A Doubt Tour this spring, his latest project, SubTrap, (released last summer), and the recent release of the loosie, “Trust Nobody,” Jay IDK’s upcoming album is gaining hype as he continues to put in long hours in the studio to create the final product.
A native of PG County, Maryland and named the “Best New Artist of 2015” by DJ Booth, Jay IDK is reinventing trap music, bridging the gap between traditional “ignorant” trap and more lyrically dense hip-hop. Jay IDK’s 2015 project SubTrap broke him into the blogosphere as he deemed his unique style a new hip-hop subgenre: subtrap (“suburban trap music”, “trap music with substance”). Jay IDK has been nominated for XXL’s Freshmen 15, gone on-air with Sway in the Morning and Hot 97 with Peter Rosenberg, and has garnered over 5 million digital streams, making him one of the most promising young lyricists in the rap game today.