Short for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge, IDK is as much a moniker as it is a mission. The Prince George’s County, Maryland, artist has long dedicated his life and art to presenting big ideas in accessible ways. Using witty lyricism, percussive flows, and a chameleonic musicality, IDK turns life lessons and philosophical musings into utter bangers. In the process, he’s become one of rap’s most conceptually inventive practitioners. His latest album, USEE4YOURSELF, is his richest work yet, a sprawling meditation on love, materialism, masculinity, and the layered emotional effects of a troubled upbringing. Loaded with unpredictable features and recollections from his childhood, it’s a character study framed in fierce beats and blockbuster productions. “I need people to know that I'm a producer first,” says IDK. “It’s one thing to produce a song. It's another thing to produce an artist, meaning understanding what you need for a particular song and putting it together, and then crafting that into an album.” Laced with features from Young Thug, Slick Rick, Offset, and others from wildly different worlds, USEE4YOURSELF is an exhibition of stylistic cross-pollination.
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