Author: Anthony Ward
Maryland Artist Jay IDK is making serious noise in not just the DMV Hip Hop Scene, but the Hip Hop Scene worldwide. With the release of his album, Subtrap, released in July of last year, the Maryland Native has showcased his love for Trapbeats and his ears for high quality boomtrap beats.While his beats maybe trap filled or trap influenced, IDK, (which stands for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge), raps with a real world reality view. His songs often contain references toward today’s social ill’s such as racism, poverty, and inequality. Even though IDK’s style has been compared to other artists such as Kendrick Lamar, he has his own style and his own influences. “Growing up, I listened to Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, and 50 Cent, so thats where I get alot of my influences and style from” says IDK in a recent interview.
After listening to his new releases Mentality and Somebody, IDK is proving that bringing back substance in music is cool again. With a 2 albums, a slew of signals under his belt, over 11,000 plays on his soundcloud account, and a performance in his homestate of Maryland this summer at Maryland’s fifth annual Trillecto Concert, JAY IDK is a shoo in to be one of Hip Hop’s top rappers this year.
Whats makes him even more interesting is that he is revolutionizing what it means to be a trap artist. Ever since the form of music debuted in the early 2000’s, trap music has been associated with drugs, alcohol, and violent crime. But, Jay IDK has taken the popular form of music and added a sense of consciousness to it. By adding his own experiences and words to a music that is viewed as negative, JAY IDK represents a new breed of rappers that is taking Hip Hop by surprise. If his recent work is any indication, IDK is setting the stage for a boom of rappers that use trap music not only as a way of talking about drugs and alcohol, but turn trap music into something positive, a form of music that can help discover the solutions to so many of black america’s problems.