J.I.D & Conway Are Equally Matched On “Ballads”
Conway The Machine, who has been enjoying one of the year’s most triumphant campaigns thus far, finds himself well-matched alongside the Atlanta rapper. “Stashboxes for the straps in the Navigator, Don C alligator, a lot of rappers they just imaginative exaggerators,” he spits, in his opening bars. Floating over the stripped-down beat, Conway’s intensity can be felt within each punchline, though he never has to raise his voice to make a point. As the first collaboration between Dreamville and Griselda, “Ballads” feels like a breath of fresh air, a victory lap for two of the game’s most accomplished rappers out now.
Hopefully this marks the beginning of a proper album rollout from J.I.D, who has been steadily building up momentum with a few key freestyles. Do you think “Ballads” sets a promising tone for his next body of work?
I honed in my skills, sharp swords swing alone for the moment
Atonement in my tone, ownership is the only shit I’ve been voyaging
Voices in my head and then I go record it
I been ordered by the lord, kill the beat, beat the dead horse
Ill swordsman, sportsmanship? That’s horseshit