A young rapper out of Atlanta, J.I.D. first made himself known with his debut EP, DiCaprio in 2015. Growing up, hip hop had always been part of his life. Inspired by a number of New York acts, he soon got involved himself, writing and creating rhymes. Taking his hobby to a new level, he later started to take rap more seriously in his early twenties.
Making waves in his local city, the EM dropped a couple of EPs along the way including DiCaprio, and Spillage Village. From there, he released another project, Bears Like This Too Much, before signing to J. Cole’s Dreamville label in early 2017. Then a month later, he unveiled his debut studio album, The Never Story, which went on to earn critical acclaim from both fans and critics.
To date, he has come out with several hits including Lauder, Never, Underwear, All Bad, Hasta Luego, and Bruuuh, to name a few. On top of that, he’s also collaborated with the likes of Spillage Village, EarthGang, Curtis Williams, and OG Maco. With what he’s capable of, it’s not surprising to know that J.I.D. has already amassed hundreds of thousands of fans across social media.
Is the rapper doing well for himself? How lucrative has his music career been so far? According to sources, J.I.D.’s 2017 net worth is estimated to be around the $200,000 mark. What are some of his biggest projects? Does he have anything else going for him aside from record sales? Let’s find out.
J.I.D.’s Net Worth 2017 – $200,000
How did J.I.D. Make His Money & Wealth?
Born on October 31, 1990, in Atlanta, Georgia, J.I.D. (Real Name: Destin Route) is the youngest out of seven children. Growing up in a low-income household, his family often found themselves having to move around frequently. Even as a child, he found himself listening to music- in particular, he listened to a lot of Big Earth, Sly & the Family Stone, and Wind & Fire as his parents often played their work in the house.
By the time he was in his early teens, J.I.D. had taken up freestyling, something that he did to occupy his time on his way to school. Eventually making his way to high school, he continued to immerse himself in hip hop- though it remained more of a side hobby at the time. Ultimately, it wasn’t until 2012, after he got kicked out of college that he made the decision to pursue rap seriously as a full time career- he has named New York hip hop as being one of his biggest inspirations.
In the summer of 2012, he released his debut mixtape, Route of Evil, which featured guest appearances from Stillz and EarthGang. The first project that he had put together, it contained thirteen tracks including Slimetime, Elegant Asshole, Community Service, A Spill by Slim, Route of Evil, and LeAndre Thomas.
From there, he returned to the spotlight with a few features in the compilation, Bears Like This Too in 2015. A joint venture with Spillage Village, a music collective that he had formed with a few EarthGang members, the tracklist consisted of eight songs, six of which featured J.I.D.- Love Child, Sky, Deuce Coupe, Pussy On Repeat, Metropolis, and Ten Ten. Posted to the group’s Soundcloud page, the album has been played hundreds of thousands of times combined.
Then on January 26, 2015, the rapper released his debut album titled, Dicaprio. Featuring contributions from Childish Major, OG Maco, Curtis and Jace of Two-9, and Earthgang, it gave rise to the tracks, Hoodbooger, LeTumbapart1, LeFluGame, LeHornys, LeInterlude Part 1, LeHoodligangs, LeStudMuffin, and LeTrow. Described as “a memory based project” by the artist himself, it has racked up well over 300,000 streams online as of 2017.
Later in December 2016, the rapper’s collective released their second album, Bears Like This Too Much. Similar to their first effort, J.I.D. contributed to a number of tracks including Can’t Call It, Yellow Snow, M.O.M., and Willow Tree. Going by stream count, Laundry Day is the most popular song, with over 405K streams on Soundcloud.
Recently, it was announced that the rapper had become the newest signee to J. Cole’s Dreamville label. How did he manage to land such an opportunity? In 2014, J.I.D. accompanied EarthGang on a tour with Ab-Soul, where he performed a couple of songs Ultimately it was there that he met Cedric Brown, one of Cole’s close friends and music producer. By the end of the tour, the two had not only stayed in contact, but J.I.D. had also sent his some of his work regularly to Cedric.
As one thing lead to another, Cedric eventually introduced the rapper to his friend, J. Cole. With a little convincing, J.I.D. soon signed a deal with his music label, Dreamville Records. Some of their other signees included Ari Lennox, Omen, Bas, and Cozz. With a record deal to his name, the Atlanta native began to work on his debut album.
A month after signing the deal, the Atlanta artist dropped his debut studio album titled, The Never Story. Preceded by two singles, many record producers were enlisted for the project including Latrell James, Childish Major, Hollywood JB, OZ the Additive, J. Cole, and The Imaginary Kids, among a few others.
Featuring guest appearances from Mere, EarthGang, and 6LACK, the album saw twelve tracks including All Bad, Hoodbooger, Somebody, Doo Top, General, Lauder, 8701, and Underwear. An overall hit, The Never Story received a number of praises from critics- for instance, HipHopDX took note of its crisp beats and crafty lyrics while XXL lauded J.I.D.’s lyrical capability. His first record to chart in the United States, the album went on to peak at number 197 on the Billboard Top 200.
Aside from his albums and singles, which obviously contribute to his overall income, J.I.D. also banks a considerable amount from putting on concerts. Just last year, he embarked on his first tour which saw him performing at over 40 different venues across the US- from Houston, Texas to Towson, Maryland.
In support of his 2017 album, the rapper has also been hitting the road over the past few months. Kicked off on April 20, 2017 at Houston, Texas, the tour is still ongoing to this day. His first worldwide tour, J.I.D has already hit up numerous countries such as Denmark, Norway, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland.
According to his official website, his 2017 tour will be continuing for two more months- until late November. Scheduled to perform in the UK later this month, J.I.D. will travel to Toronto, Canada, before making his way to the United States, where the event will eventually come to an end. For more information on the individual dates and venues, please visit his website.
Assuming that he’s also been monetizing his Youtube channel, it would offer the artist another stream of income. Since he first established his account in July 2016, his subscriber count has surpassed the 27,000 mark with over 2.8 million video views. Currently, his most popular video, the official MV for Never has received more than 2 million views.
Typically, for every 1,000 ad views that a user receives, it translates to a few dollars in earnings (the exact payout differs from Youtuber to Youtuber). If J.I.D. were to make $2 per one thousand views, he would have earned close to $2,000 from his Youtube channel so far. As his following continues to grow, his ad revenue is also likely to go up.
In addition to record sales, tours, and ad earnings, you can help to support the artist by purchasing some of his official merchandise. Looking at his online store now, J.I.D. has a variety of items available from jerseys to socks. You can check out his products for yourself by clicking here.
So there you have it- the major sources behind J.I.D.’s $200,000 fortune. Seeing as how recently just signed to J. Cole’s label, we can probably expect to see more from the rapper over the next little while. One thing’s for sure, he’s not slowing down anytime soon!
J.I.D.’s Personal Life and FAQ
Is J.I.D. Married?
The rapper himself has never revealed to fans whether or not he’s in a relationship. Until we’re proven otherwise, it’s assumed that J.I.D. is currently single.
Does J.I.D. Have Any Children?
No, from what we can tell, the Atlanta artist does not have any children.
Did J.I.D. Go to College?
Yes, he did attend college at one point. Prior to completing his program however, he was kicked out. To make matters worse, his parents eventually also kicked him out of the house- not only was he left with little money, but he also had little time to find a new path in life. Fortunately however, he was able to find success in rap.
Where Did J.I.D. Get His Stage Name From?
In an interview, J.I.D. explained that it came from a nickname that his grandmother had given him when he was a child. Ever since he was a baby, she used to call him jittery as he “moved around real fast.” From that, he eventually broke it down to “J.I.D.”.
Where Does J.I.D. Live? Pictures of J.I.D.’s House
It’s assumed that J.I.D. currently resides in his hometown in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately, we do not have any further information on his location at this time- nor do we have any photos of his home.
What Kind of Car Does J.I.D. Drive?
At this time, we do not have any details on J.I.D.’s vehicle.
J.I.D.’s Career Accomplishments
Since his debut, J.I.D. has put forth a number of smash hits including Never, Lauder, D/vision, Hereditary, Can’t Call It, Underwear, All Bad, and All Bad. As far as full length projects go, he’s also released two albums, Dicpario in 2015 and The Never Story in 2017.
In addition to his solo releases, the rapper has dropped two compilation albums with his hip hop collective, Spillage Village- these include, Bears Like This, and Bears Like This Too Much.
How Much Did J.I.D. Make Last Year?
Unfortunately, we do not have any information on J.I.D.’s earnings for 2016 at this time.
As mentioned above, J.I.D. came out with his debut album, The Never Story earlier this spring. In support of the release, he’s also been on a worldwide tour- that’s continuing as we speak! For more information on the tour regarding venues and dates, head on over to his official website at http://www.jidsv.com.
For the latest news and updates, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to follow him on Twitter either- you can find him at @JIDsv.