If you have used TikTok or Instagram in 2023, then you have likely heard JID’s hit song “Surround Sound." The song, originally released a year before it reached viral acclaim, features 21 Savage and Baby Tate. The track was the lead single from JID’s third studio album, The Forever Story, and has since become the rapper’s most popular release — all thanks to social media.
The song is at the helm of the popular #ceilingschallenge — a trend that sees netizens tape their phones to a ceiling to record videos from a birds-eye view.
The official music video for “Surround Sound” has become just as popular, pulling in more than 50 million views – the most JID has ever garnered.
While JID has only recently become a mainstream hitmaker, his O.G. fans are already fully aware of his creative prowess. The Dreamville signee has a discography filled with underrated gems that may not have garnered the attention they truly deserve.
Here are a few that you should add to your playlist expeditiously.
"Hereditary" is a true testament to JID’s creative abilities. The song explores themes of family dynamics, personal struggles, and societal pressures.
Despite the profound nature of its content, the track remains overshadowed by more commercial hits, making it a hidden gem for JID fans who want to develop a deeper connection with the rapper.
“Letters” (featuring 6lack, Mereba, and Pell)
In “Letters,” JID and his collaborators get real about death, fear, and facing the harsh realities of life. The song has a somber vibe, which perfectly compliments the unfiltered lyrics.
“I pray to God because I’m afraid to die and never been afraid,” JID raps. “And if baby today if I die today, it'd probably make me more man.”
“Sandstorm” by Mereba (featuring JID)
Mereba was featured on JID's 2017 track "All Bad." JID returned the favor to Mereba by appearing on “Sandstorm” two years later.
The song tells the story of a troubled relationship, with both parties fighting to maintain their individuality. "Sandstorm" is both captivating and catchy as it showcases the fusion of Mereba's soulful vocals with JID's dynamic flow.
“Tiied” (featuring 6lack and Ella Mai)
"Tiied" takes listeners on a journey, blending a hypnotizing instrumental with introspective lyrics. The song is nestled deep within JID’s discography – as it appears on his second studio album DiCaprio 2 – but it is a classic among true JID fans.
The track offers a glimpse into JID's versatility as an artist who can seamlessly transition between raw storytelling and melodic bars.
“151 Rum” was also featured on JID’s sophomore studio album and the song is a banger.
The song may not be as underrated as the others on this list as it has more than 18 million plays on YouTube, but the complexity of the song is often overlooked.
With its energetic production and rapid-fire verses, “151 Rum” is proof of JID's ability to balance commercial appeal with intricate lyricism.
“D/vision” (featuring Earthgang)
The collaboration between JID and EarthGang on "D/vision" exemplifies the seamless synergy between the rappers. The lyrics are poignant but the beat alone is enough to draw you in.