IDK – whose name stands for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge – has been bubbling in the underground for quite a while now, going all the way back to 2015, and it looks like the frequent Denzel Curry collaborator is ready to boil over now!
The Maryland-bred rapper released his major label debut album Is He Real? in 2019. The pronoun in the title refers to the big guy upstairs. IDK’s songs explores his own spirituality and place in the world.
The 27-year-old artist’s autobiographical and rebellious stylistic inclinations to craft the sort of rap music that stands apart from existing trends has an irresistible magnetic pull.
He cites golden-age gods A Tribe Called Quest and trap lord Gucci Mane as major influences. On his album he is guested by the likes of Pusha-T, J.I.D and Tyler, The Creator.
He finds his groove on heavy trap beats that sound dark and sometimes like a soundscape from hell. In a world that has been set up to fail him he tries and often fails to see how an almighty benevolent being like god could be a part of it.
IDK’s raps are stitched through both rugged and sweet soundscapes with the stuttering grace of a power sewing machine, bringing the seams together into one of hip-hop’s most concise, intelligent takes on the subject matter yet.