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Background information
Destin Route
Born (1990-10-31) October 31, 1990 (age 27)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Hip hop
Rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Website jidsv.com

Destin Route (born October 31,1990), better known by his stage name J.I.D, is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records. His debut album, The Never Story, was released on March 10, 2017.[1][2]

Early life

Destin Route was born October 31, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, The youngest of seven children, Route grew up listening to Sly & The Family Stone and Earth, Wind & Fire before moving onto the 1990s New York Hip-Hop scene and rappers like Jay-Z, Nas and Mobb Deep. In high school he spent most of his teen years playing football as a defensive back. J.I.D also ran track.[3] He was eventually offered a football scholarship to a University.[4]

After returning from Virginia, J.I.D started to live with his parents again until he was kicked out, eventually moving in with Doctur Dot and Johnny Venus from EarthGang which he met from his time in Virginia.

Musical career

2010-13: Career beginnings

Taking the name J.I.D from his grandmother's nickname for him as a child, Route released his first mixtape, Route of All Evil on June 25, 2012 with guest features from EarthGang and Stillz. Route funded his music career with jobs at call centres and Domino's Pizza where he was a delivery boy before he started to get booked for local live shows.[4]

On October 22, 2013, his second mixtape was released titled Para Tu. The mixtape was later re-released on December 29, 2017.[5][6][7][8]

In 2014, he opened up with EarthGang and Bas on Ab-Soul's These Days Tour following the release of Spillage Village's first compilation album, Bears Like This. On January 26, 2015, he released his first extended play DiCaprio EP.[9] On July 6, Spillage Village released their first compilation album Bears Like This Too.[10] He also toured with Omen on the Elephant Eyes Tour and Bas on the Too High to Riot Tour. On December 2, 2016, Spillage Village released Bears Like This Too Much with features from J. Cole and Bas, and production from Mac Miller, Ducko Mcfli, Childish Major and J. Cole among others.[11]

2017-present: Signing to Dreamville and The Never Story

On February 20, 2017, it was announced that he had signed to J. Cole's Dreamville label (a connection made with the rapper via J.I.D's part in the 2014 tour with Bas and Cole's friend and producer Cedric Brown), which released the single "Never". The full-length album, The Never Story was released on March 10, 2017. The album includes guest features from EarthGang, 6LACK, and Mereba, and production from J. Cole and Childish Major, among others.[12][13] He was also an opening act on the 4 Your Eyez Only Tour in 2017.[14] In November 2017, J.I.D co-headlined in his Never Had Shit Tour with EarthGang, and guests Lute, Chaz French, and Mereba. It included 15 dates in North America, and continued in 2018, with 19 dates in Europe.[15]

In June 2018, he was featured on the cover of XXL's 2018 Freshman Class.[16] In July, he was featured on Denzel Curry's "Sirens" from Ta13oo, and was announced he would go on tour with Mac Miller and Thundercat.[17] His second album DiCaprio 2 is slated to be released in the fall of 2018.[18]



Growing up, J.I.D's first connection with music was through his parents' collection of classic funk and soul LPs.[19] He names Sly and the Family Stone, D'Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, Little Dragon, boom-bap, New York hip hop and Arctic Monkeys as his biggest influences.[20][21]


Studio albums

List of albums, with album details and selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


The Never Story
197 -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays

Title Album details
  • Released: January 26, 2015
  • Format: Digital Download


Title Album details
Route of All Evil
  • Released: June 25, 2012
  • Format: Digital Download
Para Tu
  • Released: October 22, 2013
  • Format: Digital Download

Compilation albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Bears Like This
(with Spillage Village)
  • Released: February 2, 2014
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: CD, digital download
Bears Like This Too
(with Spillage Village)
  • Released: July 6, 2015
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: CD, digital download
Bears Like This Too Much
(with Spillage Village)
  • Released: December 2, 2016
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: CD, digital download
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


As lead artist

Title Year Album
"Underwear"[23] 2015 The Never Story
"NEVER" 2017
"Hasta Luego"[24] non-album single


  • Never Had Shit Tour (with EarthGang) (2017-18)


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  2. ^ A. Berry, Peter. "J.I.D Releases 'The Never Story' Project". XXL. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ VIBE Magazine (2017-03-10), Dreamville's J.I.D Opens About His Childhood & Journey to Dreamville, retrieved  
  4. ^ a b "Notes From The Road: J.I.D Interviewed". Clash Magazine. Retrieved . 
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  8. ^ "J.I.D. surprises fans with an official version of "Para Tu."". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Kramer, Kyle. "J.I.D. Wants You to Think Differently About Atlanta Rap and His 'DiCaprio' EP Might Help". Noisey. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Kramer, Kyle. "This New Spillage Village EP Is About to Trigger a Worldwide Weed Shortage". Noisey. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Starling, Lankin. "Atlanta-Based Collective Spillage Village Releases Bears Like This Too Much EP". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Garrett, Ural. "Who Is J.I.D? 5 Things To Know About J. Cole's New Artist". HipHopDX. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Hernandez, Victoria. "J. Cole Signs J.I.D. To Dreamville Records". HipHopDX. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ Simmons, Ted (February 21, 2017). "J. Cole Reveals 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour Dates". XXL. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "XXL 2018 Freshman Class Revealed". XXL. June 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2018/07/mac-miller-swimming-tour/
  18. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2018/07/j-i-d-dicaprio-2-mixtape-tracklist/
  19. ^ C.M., Emmanuel. "The Break Presents: J.I.D". XXL. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ Lee, Christina. "J.I.D.: Meet the J. Cole-Signed Rapper Against 'Happy Trappers'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "J.I.D's 2018 XXL Freshman Freestyle and Interview". XXL. Retrieved 2018. 
  22. ^ "J.I.D Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  23. ^ Underwear - Single by J.I.D, 2015-06-30, retrieved  
  24. ^ Hasta Luego - Single by J.I.D, 2017-07-07, retrieved  

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