JID on “Surround Sound” Success and Finding His Voice: ‘I Always Show Respect to Writers’

He detailed that he was 21 years old when he began writing, which paid off with “Surround Sound” becoming a smash one year after its debut. “So the initial drop of it, it did really well. I maybe dropped it six, seven months before the album actually came out, so by the time the album came out, the song was already [certified] gold,” JID told Davis.

“And then, with time going, I seen online [a] trend that could’ve came from the actual video that we just showed, and it was an overhead shot which, in turn, it turned out to be the challenge. A lot of different challenges came from it, but the over-the-head ceiling was, like, the most important one, I guess.”