After making his Dreamville debut with The Never Story in early 2017, J.I.D spent the year touring the world with J. Cole, torching freestyles (including Funk Flex and the BET Cypher), and rocking with his EarthGang family on a few choice cuts. He even decided to re-release his Para Tu mixtape from 2013 (because, the internet).
Now, for his first release of 2018, the Atlanta spitter comes through with a video for “EdEddnEddy,” which was named after the Cartoon Network series that ran from 1999-2009.
Originally set to premiere on Adult Swim, which made perfect sense, it seems a few legal issues put a fork in the plans and forced the Dreamvillain to release it on his own.
“We wanted to do something special for this release because this show meant a lot to me growing up,” J.I.D says. “We recreated this cartoon and made it for my people, in the month of February, on some history type shit and partnered with a major TV network for release, but legal shit took over the vision of the art. All type of lawyers had to clear shit which would have took forever so fuck it, we can create this moment without em for now.”
Check out the Fred Lozano-directed clip below.
In related Dreamville news, J. Cole’s manager Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad sat down with the Rosenthal brothers on their ItsTheReal podcast to talk all things Dreamville—including it’s start, the power of Cole’s mixtapes, the starts and stops of his early career, the importance of the HBO special, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and much more.