New York MC Joey Bada$$ brings the first single from his highly-anticipated commercial debut, B4DA$$. A lot like a song or two from his last tape, Joey is coming off aggressive on this new single, “Big Dusty.” Very aggressive! I’d go as far as to say there are moments where his flow reminds me of the late Capital STEEZ.
Aside from that, I’m not finding anything too exciting about the single. Joey’s bars are sharp as usual, but the hook is pretty underwhelming, and I can’t say that Kirk Knight’s ethereal production matches the tone of Joey’s delivery that well.
Still, I’m looking forward to seeing how big Joey does it on this new LP. I guess my biggest fear is that he’ll spend too much time in his comfort zone, which I think he does to a degree on this track. The biggest surprise this track offered was a beat change on the bridge, which was paired with a pretty ominous mantra: “Cause bitches lie, niggas lie, numbers, too.”
At this point, it’s pretty clear Joey has no intention of giving this album a commercial sound, which is fine, but he seems hesitant to take the kind of adventurous or experimental plunge his underground status allows him to.
New York rapper Joey Bada$$ follows up his infamous 1999 mixtape with a collection of tracks that feel more like a sequel from Pro Era’s recently released PEEP: The aPROcalypse mixtape. Still a solid effort, though.
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Is it me, or has everything that’s dropped so far from Joey Bada$$’ forthcoming mixtape, Summer Knights, sounded hyped, over-the-top, and hungry as hell? I’m digging it, and Joey’s latest wind continues with “Amethyst Rockstar,” which features some aged production from
MF DOOM himself.
Check a review of Joey’s 1999 tape right here.
2013 XXL Freshman and Beast Coast MC Joey Bada$$ drops another track from his anticipated Summer Knights mixtape, which has been pushed back for a July 1st release. With all of these huge rap releases around the corner–Kanye, Cole, Miller–I’m not surprised, honestly.
Producer Lee Bannon pulls together a pretty smooth, classy beat, but Joey goes completely bonkers with an over-the-top delivery that is easily one of his most energetic yet. Enjoy!
East Coast boom bap crew Pro Era, which counts Joey Bada$$ amongst its members, put out their PEEP: The aPROcalypse mixtape on December 21 last year. Three days afterward, member Capital Steez was discovered dead. Pro Era has released this video dedicated to his memory.
“Like Water” was the first track on PEEP: The aPROcalypse, but the context feels differently now. When it was initially released, it felt like the introductory statement to a formative chapter in the story of a rising group of youthful, passionate individuals; now, it feels like a eulogy. But it is not a particularly downcast one, and its new video follows. Pro Era pays respect to their late friend with a sense of pride in his image, spray painting a mural of his face on the rooftop of a large building. It seems to symbolize not only the immortality of Steez’s legacy, but also the group’s decision to let it influence their art rather than set them back.
Watch a video for the Pro Era mixtape below:
Joey Bada$$ has definitely cemented a place in the underground hip-hop scene with his 1991 mixtape and Pro Era group mixtape PEEP: the aPROcalypse characterized for his long wordplay filled bars and boom bap styled production.
“World Is Bond” is set to be on his upcoming album Summer Knights the follow up to his mixtape and it seems like he is continuing in the same direction almost exactly with this track. Of course with added recognition his production has received a step up in budget and it feels like Statik Selektah the producer on this track is a perfect match for Joey. The beat is filled with a classic sounding piano loop over top of a great heavy head bobbing kick and snare reminiscent to a lot of the beats on 1991.
Joey is continuing to grow as an MC though with the complexity and messages within his verses maturing as he does. It is always interesting to see how an artist develops and while I don’t expect anything too different from his past releases on Summer Knights that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
New York hip hop outfit Pro Era drops a new video for the track School High, which was featured on their last mixtape, PEEP: The aPROcalypse. Check a review for it below:
Now that the drama from the Lil B and Joey Bada$$ has settled, let’s take a look at the Lil B mixtape that the “I’m The Bada$$” track came from, Pink Flame. It’s the Based God’s first mixtape of the year, and features a cover that implies it could be one of his most absurd to date.
So far, there are a few snoozers like “Ban the Weapons,” but B is at his best with bizarre bangers like “Flex 36″ and the Super Mario Bros.-sampling “1000 Bitches.”