Prior to dropping off his new DiCaprio 2 album, Dreamville's JID spoke highly of "Slick Talk," building an added layer of anticipation for the opening statement. With that in mind, I was pleased to hear the opening notes, which bring forth the quickly-becoming-iconic tag of producer Kenny Beats. With an up-tempo percussive arrangement and minimalist synth pattern, the initial moments of "Slick Talk" felt like JID's wheelhouse, the style of instrumental he's apt to murder in his sleep, at this point.
Yet at the forty-five-second minute mark, the beat switches, conjuring up an ominous harpsichord and Ondes Martnot-esque arrangement; the feeling is evocative of the witching hour, entrenching "Slick Talk" squarely into "Dark Banger" territory. JID responds appropriately by slowing down the flow, addressing his state within the game and setting the bar accordingly. Previously released singles like "151 Rum" and "Off Deez" proved that JID can spit flashy; on "Slick Talk," however, the young rapper proves his chops come equipped with a notable gravitas.
When I'm done, please know that I was trying to diss y'all
Cuz' if this is a competition, then I'm setting this bar
In my city, who's with me?
I'm in my own lane Jack
Nickel said J.I.D. so flame I propane rap
I’m from East Atlanta like Gucci and Travis Porter
But my story is similar to the hare and the tortoise
Pen so sharp told stories you thought I forged it
Back in the fourth grade, never read Curious George
My n***a Corey kept a little 40 inside his North Face
Left a n***a with no face and beat the court case