IDK’s Freestyle Delivers Knowledge With Some Humor & Ignorance Too (Video)

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IDK (formerly Jay IDK) is one of 2017’s more exciting voices. This month, the artist whose acronym means “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge” released IWASVERYBAD, a 12-track-album that features luminaries such as DOOM, Del The Funky Homosapien, and Swizz Beatz. Following in Logic’s path, the MC born Jason Mills intends to re-brand Rap from Maryland, with a blend of Trap with some splashes of ’90s Hip-Hop.

That balance is very much at play during a recent Funkmaster Flex freestyle. The HOT 97 DJ throws on something sacred, Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya?” instrumental (produced by Nashiem Myrick and Puff Daddy), and IDK delivers some of that knowledge—while keeping it ignorant too. Shouting out Prince George’s county, he reworks Pusha T’s “New God Flow” verse to detail his rise, despite years of hurdles. In between steal-your-girl lines, IDK waxes poetic about staying humble and making modest purchases. His bars cleverly weave in New Jack City, Mortal Kombat, and more with humorous jabs like, “You put that album on the shelf, you get a fine for litter / Step your sh*t up!” He has sequences that show more than just rhyming words together, as this freestyle gets even stronger in the second half.

IDK uses punchlines about sex and wack rappers to get to a bigger point: he wants the top spot. This MC goes on for six minutes, and he still appears ready to say more.

“Pizza Shop Extended” featuring MF DOOM, Del, and Yung Gleesh plays after the freestyle. The song appears on IWASVERYBAD.