Goldenvoice & Spillage Village/ Dreamville Presents
J.I.D. + EARTHGANG: Never Had Sh!t Tour
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA, 90069
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
A soft-spoken but intricate lyricist with a cocky side ("heard you're the best thing coming up / oh god I'm dying from laughter!"), J.I.D. raps in a way that's reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar if Kendrick were immersed in the creative Atlanta underground. J.I.D. grew up in East Atlanta and went to college at Hampton University with the other members of the Spillage Village collective, which includes fellow Atlantans and current roommates EarthGang. At Hampton, J.I.D. played football (corner, defensive back, kick return), which allowed him to travel the country and get a view of how the rest of the world saw his home city. While J.I.D.'s home of East Atlanta is best known in the rap world for birthing the more aggressive sound of trap music, J.I.D. tactfully points out that that image of his part of the city "is not everyone's reality." Nor, for that matter, is the broader impression of Atlanta rap true to his music: "From the outside-in, Atlanta is kind of perceived as like popcorn. People don't respect it as having artists such as myself and EarthGang and other lyrical talents and album-worthy artists" J.I.D. explains, noting that, while he personally appreciates his peers, he would like for his city to be seen as a home to actual talent and not just commercial hitmaking.
Over the last few years, Earthgang ( Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot ) have become media darlings, drawing the support of major music outlets including Noisey, Complex and Revolt and even a coveted "Unsigned Hype" nod in The Source; while remaining true to the
anti-conformist attitude they cemented with their 2013 single "The F Bomb." Their forthcoming album Strays With Rabies is a natural progression of their sound that simultaneously invites new listeners while assuring their existing fans that they have no intention on changing who they are. The two formed Earthgang while still students at Benjamin E. Mays High School, the same school that produced all four members of Goodie Mob decades before them. United by their varied musical influences, ranging from the Ohio Players to Madonna to Madlib, the two continued to hone their skills as students at Hampton University. It was while enrolled at
Hampton that they would craft their debut EP The Better Party . The following year, they returned with Mad Men and immediately began performing across the country, landing on stages from the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival to Stanford University's Blackfest to the A3C Festival and Conference in their hometown of Atlanta.
Their ambitious 2013 debut album Shallow Grave For Toys captured nationwide attention, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. With SGFT , Earthgang proved that
they are here, that they are bigger than their Dungeon Family comparisons, more than Atlanta's saving grace. They proved that they are a movement, with a strong enough following to warrant runs on three nationwide tours to date - providing support for
Ab-Soul's "These Days" Tour in 2014, Fashawn's "The Ecology" Tour in Spring 2015 and Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM" Tour in Fall 2015. While touring and prepping a second full length
album, Earthgang kept their fans satiated with the mixtape Torba and, most recently, with the release of Bears Like This Too , the second collaborative project from their Spillage
Village collective. Each project has allowed the duo to continue to grow, which is not at all an accident. "Our projects are more conceptual than just making songs," insists Doc . "We
are making ourselves vulnerable to the world through our music. Most people don't allow themselves to do that."
Strays With Rabies proves to be their most vulnerable to date. Gone is the frenetic energy of previous releases, but not the essence from which that energy came. On Strays , Doc and
Johnny are at ease: they've proven they belong in today's Hip-Hop landscape. The growth is evident not only in their delivery, but also in the production, courtesy of new and old collaborators alike, including Ducko McFli, Richie Quake and Black Top Hero. The
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced "AWOL" stands out as a summary of their recent adventures and the casual way in which the group has grown. The other-worldly production on "Missed Call ," courtesy of DJ Khalil, provides the perfect contrast to their unique
interpolation of the Atlanta sound as Doc and Johnny deliver honest touring-artist confessions. Throughout the project, Earthgang once again makes it very clear that they are not to be
pigeon-holed, with songs like " Lady Nectarine, " featuring Marian Mereba, leaning toward the soulful end of their musical range, while the drum-n-bass thump of " Liquor Store " once again showcases their fluidity. Strays With Rabies is a cohesive collection of music that speaks to the breadth of their fan base. Despite their success, the duo says this project was crafted with the "regular people" in mind. "Throughout our career, we've always
gotten more love from the fans, the people we grew up with, the regular folks, than anyone in the industry," explains Johnny Venus . "That's who we made this album for: the people who continue to grow with us."