The Never Story

The Never Story is the debut studio album by American rapper JID. It was released on March 10, 2017, by Dreamville Records, Spillage Village and Interscope Records.[1] The Never Story was supported by four official singles; "NEVER", "D/vision", "Hereditary" and "EdEddnEddy". The album received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 197 on the US Billboard 200. J.I.D's lyrics details a narrative on his upbringing in East Atlanta.

The Never Story
J.I.D – The Never Story.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 2017
JID chronology
DiCaprio EP
The Never Story
DiCaprio 2
Singles from The Never Story
  1. "NEVER"
    Released: February 24, 2017
  2. "D/vision"
    Released: August 24, 2017
  3. "Hereditary"
    Released: September 27, 2017
  4. "EdEddnEddy"
    Released: February 7, 2018


On February 24, the first single "NEVER" was released.[2] On March 6, the second single, "D/vision" was released, and the tracklist for the album was revealed. The album features guest appearances from EarthGang, 6LACK, and Mereba, with production coming from J. Cole, Hollywood JB, Frank Dukes, Childish Major, Christo, Sean McVerry, Latrell James, OZ the Additive, Tha Officialz, SMKA, and The Imaginary Kids. [3]

Singles and promotionEdit

On February 20, 2017, the same day of announcing the signing to Dreamville, the album's first single "NEVER" was released. On March 6, after revealing the tracklist, he also released "D/vision" as the second single, with the music video released on August 17.[3][4] On September 27, the music video for "Hereditary" was released as the third single.[5] On February 7, 2018, the album's fourth single, "EdEddnEddy", accompanied by an animated music video was released.[6] J.I.D also toured the album on his "Never Had Shit" tour with EARTHGANG, Chaz French, and Lute.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
HipHopDX     [7]

The Never Story received generally positive reviews. Scott Glausher of HipHopDX said "If there is one hypothesis that J.I.D wants you to walk away with after bumping The Never Story, it's the notion that he can rap well. We all know southern lyricists do in fact exist, but in today's mumble game, it's refreshing to have him remind us with 12 tracks of crafty lyrics and crisp beats."[7] XXL said "J.I.D possesses the lyrical capability and knack for songwriting that could one day put him in a similar space as the 4 Your Eyez Only creator (J. Cole). Announcing his signing with Dreamville in February, the Spillage Village member wasted no time finding his footing, unleashing his The Never Story project just a month later, a collection of songs that validates the hype and makes for a glowing first impression of all that J.I.D has to offer."[8]


Publication Rank Ref.
Rolling Stone

Track listingEdit

1."Doo Wop"
Sean McVerry1:15
  • Route
  • Latrell Boyd
  • Brandon Coleman
  • Latrell James
  • OZ the Additive
  • Route
  • John Welch
  • Marcus Randle
Hollywood JB2:20
5."D/vision" (featuring EarthGang)
  • Route
  • Welch
  • Randle
  • Bryant
  • Vincent Jenkins Jr.
  • Tha Officialz
  • Childish Major[a]
7."All Bad" (featuring Mereba)
  • Route
  • Welch
9."8701" (featuring 6LACK)Childish Major1:51
  • Route
  • Welch
  • Bruce Swedien
  • Richard Boyell
  • Joel Georges
  • The Imaginary Kids
  • Christo[a]
  • Route
  • Welch
  • Cole
  • J. Cole
  • Christo[a]
Total length:39:51


  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an uncredited producer.
  • "Never" and "Lauder" are stylized in capital letters.
  • "EdEddnEddy" pays tribute to a Cartoon Network show of the same name, by drawing parallels between the show's trio and his adolescent friends.
  • "8701" is a reference to fellow Atlanta artist Usher’s third studio album, 8701.

Sample credits

  • "Doo Wop" contains interpolations of "Every Nigger is a Star", written and performed by Boris Gardiner.
  • "EdEddnEddy" contains a sample from "Oblighetto", as performed by Jack McDuff.
  • "Hoodbooger" contains elements from "Slightly All The Time", as performed by Soft Machine.
  • "Somebody" contains elements from "Time", as performed by Ju-Par Universal Orchestra.
  • "All Bad" contains elements from "Parts on Parts" performed by Frank Dukes.



Chart (2018) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 197
US Heatseeker Albums[13] 14


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  2. ^ "J. Cole's New Artist J.I.D Ducks the Cops in 'Never' Video - XXL". Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "J.I.D Reveals 'The Never Story' Tracklist, Drops "D/Vision" With EarthGang". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Findlay, Mitch. "J.I.D Feat. EarthGang "D/Vision " Video". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ "J.I.D EXAMINES INFIDELITY IN "HEREDITARY" VIDEO". Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Mojica, Nick. "J.I.D GETS ANIMATED WITH J. COLE, EARTHGANG AND MORE IN "EDEDDNEDDY" VIDEO". Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Glaysher, Scott (March 20, 2017). "Review: Dreamville Rookie J.I.D Tells His Truth On "The Never Story"". HipHopDX.
  8. ^ a b Preezy (April 6, 2017). "J.I.D Sets a Solid Foundation With 'The Never Story' Album". XXL.
  9. ^ "The Best Albums of 2017". Complex. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  10. ^ DX Staff. "The Best Rap Albums Of 2017". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "40 Best Rap Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. December 22, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "JID – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2018.