IDK joined the revolution and enlisted special guest Lil Yachty on his booming new single “King Alfred,” out today via Clue/Warner Records. Rich with Civil Rights references, the song is a fitting platform for IDK’s urgent, high-stakes rap. With his knack for dizzying flows, raw humor, and cutting details, he’s the perfect voice for our overwhelming times.
“King Alfred” is a curb-stomp of a record. Over the loud instrumental, IDK proudly proclaims, “Bring Obama back, tell ’em bring Obama back”—as he reports live from the trenches of his hometown, PG County, Maryland, mixing cool threats and deadpan boasts with aspirational lines. In the video, IDK dances in front of a bare building facade and holds court from a makeshift pulpit. The camera zooms in on Yachty’s mouth full of jewels as he chants his refrain. Vocal snippets (and captions) from the late, great Gil Scott-Heron bookend the song and visual.
“King Alfred” comes on the heels of a fruitful summer for IDK. In June, he released IDK & Friends 2, the soundtrack to Kevin Durant’s SHOWTIME® documentary, BASKETBALL COUNTY: In the Water, which features tracks with heavy-hitters like Denzel Curry, A$AP Ferg, Rico Nasty, and more. In July, IDK performed a stunning rendition of his timely 2019 single “No Cable” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch that performance HERE. Most recently, IDK put out the lavish single “Cereal” with Kenny Mason and J.I.D.