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J.I.D, The Never Story shot by Cina Nguyen
Background information
Birth name Destin Route
Born (1990-10-31) October 31, 1990 (age 27)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010-present
Associated acts
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[edit]

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.[5]

Musical career[edit]

2010-16: Career beginnings[edit]

Taking the name epic style 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][6] On October 22, 2013, his second mixtape was released titled Para Tu. The mixtape was later re-released on December 29, 2017.[7][8][9]

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.[10] On July 6, Spillage Village released their first compilation album Bears Like This Too.[11] 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.[12]

2017-18: The Never Story[edit]

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.[13][14] He later released three more music videos from the album: "D/vision", "Hereditary", and "EdEddnEddy".

He was also an opening act on the 4 Your Eyez Only Tour in 2017 in the North American and European legs.[15] On October 10, J.I.D appeared alongside rappers Cozz, Kodie Shane and Ali Tomineek in a cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards.[16] 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.[17] On December 13, J.I.D appeared on a remix with Foster The People and Saba called "Pay The Man".[18]

2018-present: DiCaprio 2[edit]

In June 2018, he was featured on the cover of XXL's 2018 Freshman Class.[19] 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. However, the tour has since been cancelled due to the passing of Mac Miller.[20] His second album DiCaprio 2 is slated to be released in the fall of 2018.[21] The first single was released on September 18, title “151 Rum”.[22] On October 3, 2018, J.I.D premiered the song "Working Out" on A COLORS SHOW.[23]



Growing up, J.I.D's first connection with music was through his parents' collection of classic funk and soul LPs.[24] 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.[25][26]


Studio albums[edit]

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


The Never Story
DiCaprio 2
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope, Spillage Village
  • Format: CD, digital download
To be released
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

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[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Bears Like This
(with Spillage Village)
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[edit]

Title Year Album
"Underwear"[28] 2015 The Never Story
"NEVER" 2017
"Hasta Luego"[29] non-album single
"151 Rum" 2018 DiCaprio 2

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
(EarthGang featuring J.I.D)
2017 Rags

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Kick'n It" 2010 EarthGang The Better Party EP
"Big Wiggs" 2011 EarthGang Good News
"Rolling Stoner" 2013 Mereba, EarthGang Room For Living Remixes[30]
"Exactly" 2014 EarthGang Shallow Graves For Toys
"Sunday" 2015 EarthGang Torba
"Momma Told Me" EarthGang Strays With Rabbies
"Death Match" 2016 Wara From The NBHD non-album single
"Pay the Man (Remix)" 2017 Foster the People, Saba non-album single
"New Malcolm X" 2018 Sy Ari Da Kid, EarthGang Better Safe Than Sy Ari
"Sirens" Denzel Curry Ta13oo
"Tip Toe" Pouya non-album single


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


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