Maryland rapper IDK (formerly known as Jay IDK) just dropped his studio debut album, Is He Real?. The 12-track effort contains features from JIDTyler, The CreatorPusha TDMX, Burna Boy and more, while production is handled by the likes of BLWYRMNDObi NwadijeFrank DukesRascal, and more. The project arrives as a follow-up to last year’s IDK & FRIENDS EP and serves as IDK’s first full-length since 2017’s IWASVERYBAD.

One notable cut, Frank Ocean, was unfortunately scrubbed from the album at the last-minute due to clearance issues. 

“I had to take Frank Ocean off of the album because I didn’t get the clearance in time. Frank Ocean is my favorite artist of this generation and I would have pushed the album back again but I couldn’t do that to my fans. I do appreciate his team for reaching out to get it cleared.”

The rapper explained.

Like his previous work, Is He Real? is highly conceptual in execution, playing out in a way that’s both particular and scattershot; clearly, IDK understands the construct of the album as a means of storytelling and uses it to his advantage. The end result is a musical mish-mash of brevity, eclectic production, insane flows, introspection, and much more. There’s something for everyone really, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Is He Real? emerge atop a few more niche year-end lists. 

Stream the album below.

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