The Forever Story

The Forever Story is the third studio album by American rapper JID. It was released on August 26, 2022, through Dreamville and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from Kenny Mason, EarthGang, 21 Savage, Baby Tate, Lil Durk, Ari Lennox, Yasiin Bey, Lil Wayne, Johntá Austin, Ravyn Lenae and Eryn Allen Kane.

The Forever Story
JID - The Forever Story.png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 26, 2022
GenreHip hop
JID chronology
The Forever Story
Singles from The Forever Story
  1. "Surround Sound"
    Released: January 14, 2022
  2. "Dance Now"
    Released: August 9, 2022


The Forever Story was a highly anticipated project, as it marks JID's first solo output in almost four years, since the critically acclaimed DiCaprio 2 was released in 2018.[1] Our Generation Music wrote: "With a forthcoming album that's been in the works for nearly a half decade, fans could ironically call the wait for JID's next project 'The Forever Story.'"[2]

Conceptually, The Forever Story is a sequel to JID's debut album, The Never Story, released in 2017.[2] The title is a direct reference to the 2017 album's title, and the artwork alludes to the 2017 album's artwork.[3] The artwork depicts the rapper "standing in the middle of a crowd containing people from all walks of life",[4] capturing "the different realities Black people face in America."[5]

Recording and productionEdit

In March 2020, JID began working on the album at the Spillage Village studio house in Atlanta with members of the group expected make appearances. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they decided to record collectively for the album Spilligion.[6] In an interview with, he told Billboard, "This next album [The Forever Story] is the best shit I've ever done in my life. Every step I've taken was worth it, and our blocks are building."[7]

The album was executive produced by Barry "Hefner" Johnson, JID, and Christo. The production was mainly handled by Christo, Monte Booker, Kaytranada, James Blake, Thundercat, DJ Khalil, Childish Major, Groove, Tommy Brown and Cardiak, among others.[8]

Promotion and releaseEdit

JID began teasing his third studio album in 2019 through use of social media, but promotion did not begin until January 2022, when the lead single, "Surround Sound", was released. During his performance at Coachella in April 2022, he told the crowd he would announce the album release date during another performance the next week; however, he never ended up doing it.[9] On August 9, 2022, he unveiled the album artwork and revealed that it would be released on August 26. A second single from the album, "Dance Now", was also released the same day.[3] On August 19, JID released "2007"—a song which was originally meant to serve as the album's outro, but could not be included in the end due to problems with sample clearance—exclusively through YouTube.[10] On August 22, he revealed the album tracklist, consisting of fifteen tracks.[11] Two days before the release, JID hosted a promotional scavenger hunt event in three different US cities; he instructed fans that those who are able to locate a Pontiac G6 (a car JID used to own) will get to hear the album early.[12] The album was officially released on August 26, 2022.[13]

On November 2, 2022, JID announced that intended album outro "2007" would be released the following day,[14] and on November 3, 2022, an extended version including the song was released to streaming services.

Music and lyrical themesEdit

Prior to the release, JID commented on the album's themes and creation process: "Initially I wanted to create an album that serves as an origin story and speaks to who I am and what I came from. [...] This has been the heaviest project for me to make and I take pride in my vulnerability that came in the midst of creation."[15] In an interview with Complex, JID spoke on why he wanted to include personal family stories in the album saying:

[My family] is basically a part of how I became who I am. It gives inklings of why my [mindset] is a certain type of way. I gave more detail and in-depth stories [on this album], but there's still more layers to be peeled back, which I am going to do because this is going to be a long process of trying to understand me. This is just a good piece of the origin story, and this is me finding that space to be more visible and present with words.[16]

The original outro for the album, "2007", is a narrative-driven song that tells the story of JID's upbringing and college experience from an aspiring football player to a rapper. JID highlighted release dates of several albums as checkpoints to depict critical moments in his life, such as J. Cole's The Come Up, The Warm Up, and Cole World: The Sideline Story, Kendrick Lamar's Section.80, and his debut The Never Story. The song also includes skits from his father talking about when he found out JID was kicked out of college and decided to pursue rapping, and J. Cole telling the story about how they met and when he decided to sign him to Dreamville.[16][17]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [19]

The Forever Story was met with critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 83, based on 6 reviews.[18]

Ben Broyd of Clash praised the album, saying “JID’s latest release is a wonderful insight into the rapper’s formative years, and ultimately through the introspective manner allows for an enthralling listen. Through ‘The Forever Story’ JID has claimed his seat at the prestigious table of Atlantan greats”.[20] Writing for Pitchfork, Dylan Green called it “a sprawling and sometimes frustrating bridge between JID’s upbringing and his place within hip-hop canon and Black history at large”.[22] In an anonymously written assessment for AllMusic, the reviewer claimed that it was "an album every bit as ambitious and monumental as the two solo studio outings that preceded it" and felt it demonstrated that JID was, "growing in terms of technical talent while also opening up more lyrically."[19]

In a more mixed review for HipHopDX, David Aaron Brake claimed that "the skills are there, it’s littered with flashy displays of technique and it sounds better than fine most of the time. But there’s nothing on the line: at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who wins the game."[21]

Track listingEdit

The Forever Story track listing
1."Galaxy"Monte Booker0:52
3."Dance Now" (with Kenny Mason)
  • Christo
  • Aviad
4."Crack Sandwich"
5."Can't Punk Me" (with EarthGang)3:23
6."Surround Sound" (featuring 21 Savage and Baby Tate)
7."Kody Blu 31"
  • Route
  • Justin Barnett
  • Jerramy Barnett
  • DJ Barnett
  • Nick Barnett
  • J. Welch
  • Ian Welch
  • Margaux Whitney
  • Taji Ausar
  • Christo
  • Benji
  • Yuli
  • Tane Runo
8."Bruddanem" (featuring Lil Durk)
  • Hollywood Cole
  • Christo
  • Yuli
10."Can't Make U Change" (with Ari Lennox)
11."Stars" (featuring Yasiin Bey)
12."Just in Time" (with Kenny Mason featuring Lil Wayne)
  • Booker
  • Christo
14."Better Days" (featuring Johntá Austin)
  • Route
  • Johntá Austin
  • J. Welch
  • I. Welch
  • Justin Barnett
  • Jerramy Barnett
  • D. Barnett
  • N. Barnett
  • Christo
  • Benji
  • Hero the Band
15."Lauder Too" (featuring Ravyn Lenae and Eryn Allen Kane)
Total length:59:06
Extended version
  • Latrell James
  • Christo
  • Groove
Total length:1:06:32


  • ^[c] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • "2007" features uncredited vocals by J. Cole, Ibrahim 'Ib' Hamad, and Carl Louis Route Jr.[10]

Sample credits



  • JID – vocals
  • Reggie Ball Sr – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Benji – background vocals (1, 2, 7), additional vocals (9, 11), bass guitar (7)
  • Asiahn – background vocals (1)
  • Eryn Allen Kane – background vocals (1), additional vocals (15)
  • Fousheé – background vocals (3), additional vocals (9)
  • Jesse Royal – spoken word (3)
  • Bas – additional vocals (4)
  • Christo – additional vocals (4), drums (7)
  • Yuli – additional vocals (4)
  • JD Beck – drums (5)
  • Jean – additional vocals (7, 9, 11)
  • Sheed – additional vocals (7, 9–11)
  • Barbara Wilson – additional vocals (7)
  • Hero the Band – additional vocals (7)
  • Olu – additional vocals (7)
  • Vonda Fuller – additional vocals (7, 10)
  • Mustafa the Poet – spoken word (8)
  • Justine Skye – additional vocals (9)
  • Tane Runo – additional vocals (11)
  • Emma Hathaway Delhomme – additional vocals (13)
  • Kaden Chea – additional vocals (13)
  • Maddison Williams – additional vocals (13)
  • Randall Smith – additional vocals (13)
  • Sunshine Hathaway Delhomme – additional vocals (13)
  • Andrew Barnes – bass guitar (13)
  • Jonathan Curry – drums (13)
  • Russel Favret – guitar (13)
  • Howard "GiveEmSoul" Joyner – keyboards (13)
  • Juran Ratchford – saxophone (13)
  • Cameron Tripp – trumpet (13)
  • Angel White – additional vocals (14)
  • Ravyn Lenae – additional vocals (15)
  • Thundercat – bass guitar (15)



Chart performance for The Forever Story
Chart (2022) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 42
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 65
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 59
Irish Albums (OCC)[26] 50
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[27] 46
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 69
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 74
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[31] 36
US Billboard 200[32] 12


  1. ^ This sample is only heard on the YouTube version of "2007" due to sampling issues.[10]


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