IDK, formerly known as Jay IDK, inked a unique deal with Adult Swim in spring of 2017. October 12th, the Maryland native will release his new project, IWASVERYBAD, via a first listening experience on Adultswim.com, followed by a worldwide release on October 13th. The pairing with Adult Swim makes more sense as you dive into the release strategy and IDK’s purpose with the music. Billed as a soundtrack, the project will drop in 3 installments of 3 songs releasing every Thursday and meant to be viewed as episodes in IDK’s life growing up middle-class in Maryland.
The first drop includes “Mrs. Lynch, Your Son Is The Devil”, “Maryland Ass N***a” feat Swizz Beatz, and “Pizza Shop” feat Young Gleesh, DOOM, and Del Tha Funky Homosapien.
The songs all speak to a story of a kid growing up being exposed to both, as IDK spits on the intro track, “spelling bee winners and them PG killers” and never fully committing to either. The tone is urgent, narrative, and always with a hint of something going wrong. Much like setting up a movie or show, these first tracks definitely set a scene and an impending problem. “Maryland Ass N***a” is my standout on first listen, although I would probably prefer another IDK verse over the Swizz vocals.
You can pre-order IWASVERYBAD here.