JID: Tiny Desk Concert

Bobby Carter | September 8, 2022
Everything JID does is intricately detailed. He appears to care so much more than the average master of ceremonies, and throughout this whole production, I felt his strong desire to get it right. The weight was hoisted from his shoulders at the halfway point of the set as he turned to his band, stating, “We are pretty hot people. We are pretty f***ing hot.” In this performance, filmed weeks before the release of his now largely complimented 3rd studio album, The Forever Story, the East Atlanta indigenous performs songs from the album live for the very first time, plus career-defining songs in ways we have never heard before.

The origin of JID makes up the puzzle portions in The Forever Story. It is the tale of a child with derailed football dreams, seeking intention until it discovered him. These are stories that many children from the inward city can relate to — but what sets JID’s story apart is that no one raps like him. His music casts a wide net, thinking of history, family and hometown, and linking with hip hop fanatics and music dweebs alike.

In these stripped-down versions of songs like “Never” and “Surround Sound,” the focus is on how JID can influence pitch, arch words and jump from one cadence to another. After he playfully cuts the “Usher stress,” he and his stacked band and backup singers close with the strong and religious “Kody Blu 31.”

“Workin Out”
“Off da Zoinkys”
“Surround Sound”
“Kody Blu 31”

JID: vocals
Najinga Luster: vocals
Rashida Chitunda: vocals
Teja Lanier Veal: bass
Grady Housworth: trombone
Allan Knighton: saxophone
Michael Cruse: trumpet
Samuel Williams: keys
Divante Davis: drums

Producer: Bobby Carter
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Director: Kara Frame
Creative Director: Bob Boilen
Editor: Joshua Bryant
Videographers: Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora, Alanté Serene
Audio Assistant: Andie Huether
Production Assistants: Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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  1. If dude released an acoustic album like this I would give him all my money

  2. I was not expecting this at all. This is beautiful. Much love to all

  3. Everything AFTER 7 minutes is fuego

  4. Everyone in video has their own vibe going on.

  5. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  6. Lush ❤️👍 from Tasmania Australia

  7. i didn’t expect such an amazing set

  8. Amazing.🥶🥶🥶🥶

  9. que grande que es JID lptm, va a ser de los mas grandes de su generación. Muy fresco, muy versátil y muy buenas barras

  10. amazing concert, getting captain jack sparrow vibes here

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