The 90s nostalgia train picked up Freddie Gibbs for a jaunt. The new-gen boom bappers have a way of not dragging the warm instrumentals down with thick lines of poetry, instead Gibbs and Joey make light of time traveling for their flows. Check the street performer video after the jump.
B4.DA.$$ single preview. On “Big Dusty” Joey further commits to this nostalgia journey, going strictly to the New York well for some archival sounds. The eroding piano loops lets his lyrics scrape through dusty vinyl memories. Check the style after the jump.
Like a dad with weekend rights, he hasn’t left the kids for long. Joey Bada$$ provides some more hype for his upcoming album debut after two years of touring his mixtape. Tim Westwood lets him flex over this summer’s standout tracks. Video after the jump.
DJ Statik Selektah brings us another black-and-white video of the vintage-stamped crew of Joey Bad And Friends.
Cops like to arrest black men, especially if they can tag the adjective “rapper” to the suspects. Fortunately, neither of these artists was held in custody, although as Joey shows, this kind of treatment is so absurd it’s laughable.
The Summer Knights EP bonus tracks might be a preview of Joey’s evolving sound, but this one is certainly within their jurisdiction of piano-laced boom-bappery. Nice features, too. That drops today, by the by.
Joey Bad offers this bonus cut “My Yout” from his soon-to-drop Summer Knights EP. It sounds like he’s had Distant Relatives and The Best Of Stephen Marley playing on repeat in the headphones. Not bad and certainly a step out of the boom-bap area where he got cozy for a while. Nice to hear the Pro Era leader going for uptempo rhythms.
The New Camp Clik is back in effect for freestyle demonstrations. CJ Fly, Dessy Hinds, Nyck Caution, T’Nah Apex, A La $ole, Dyemond Lewis, Swank Master Raw, Dirty Sanchez, Jab and Joey Bada$$ stepped out of a time machine to give an honorary session to the Old Heads they clearly respect.
There’s something to be said for a 19-year-old artist who has a sense of his place in time, and a sense of time in general. Joey Bad starts this video with “vintage footage” (if there can be such a thing for a teen rapper) and then transports himself into the antiquity of rap that he loves so dearly. He mighta translated even better on analog and VHS.
CJ Fly follows up “Sadderdaze” — one of our favorites from last week — with a Joey assist. This is smoother and a hint toward the overall feel of his tape Thee Way Eye See It. Get your Sunday listen on. Hat tip to HipHopEarly.com.
So much here. So much. Jay Electronica meeting the Pro Era crew in Croatia at a video shoot to tell Joey Bada$$ that his name rings bells in London. Then, if that wasn’t forceful enough, he advises him to ignore anyone ‘taking shots’ to bring him down. The rap world is aware, and they’re proud. Also, really fine women in Croatia.