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Artist Update: Joey Bada$$

posted December 24, 2012, 7:02 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Capital STEEZ, MF Doom, Joey Bada$$, The Progressive Era

For nearly 3 years now 90′s era music has been making a comeback. While up to this point it has mostly been rock influenced with new bands like Yuck. The 90′s are now also starting to make an impact in hip-hop with rappers like this. Joey Bada$$ is a 17 year old rapper from Brooklyn, New York, USA and a member of The Progressive Era, a hip-hop collective that focuses on reviving the sounds and styles of “golden age” New York hip-hop. Him and the crew just released a brand new mixtape, Peep The Apocalypse, on December 21! Download it here for free, and you can also stream it. Back in October, he joined the ranks of Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound, joining the ranks of Wavves, Chromeo, Freelance Whales, Matt & Kim, The Cool Kids, and Theophilus London among others.

He released one of our favorite mixtapes earlier this year, so our expectations going into this are really high.  Joey released his debut mixtape 1999 on June 12, 2012. Featuring production from other Pro Era members, as well as some J Dilla and MF DOOM beats, the tape was released to general critical acclaim. Check out our on the verge article from this past August here.

Album art is above, and track listing details are below. You can watch their Pitchfork BBQ Selector episode too. In other related news, a close friend and collaborator Capital STEEZ,  was found dead at age 19, apparently by suicide. His last tweet, which came at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday read: “The end,” leading many to believe that he took his own life.

“This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal..,” Joey wrote on his Twitter. Then later “it just haven’t been the same since my homies death… part of me still doesn’t believe this.” According to MTV News, “Steez broke out alongside Joey when he guested on the teen’s ear-catching single ‘Survival Tactics’ appearing on the track’s second verse in February. The Brooklyn, New York MC released his debut mixtape AmeriKKKan Korruption in April and was featured on a number of tracks off PEEP, the mixtape that the PE crew just dropped.”

Per Rap Genius, one of the founding members of the Pro Era crew, STEEZ (along with Pow Pe) actually came up with the name of the group and was one of the most prominent members. His real name was Jamal Dewar and lived in Brooklyn. STEEZ was also the one that introduced one of his partners in rhyme, Joey BADA$$, to MF Doom’s music in high school. STEEZ was originally part of a little known rap group called The Third Kind.


01 Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly: “Like Water” (prod. by Statik Selektah)
02 Joey Bada$$, Dirty Sanchez, CJ Fly, Capital STEEZ: “Run or Fly” (prod. by Lee Bannon)
03 Nyck Caution, Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly: “Wrecord Out” (prod. by Chuck Strangers)
04 Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight, Joey Bada$$: “F A Rap Critic” (prod. by Statik Selektah)
05 Ala Sole, Joey Bada$$: “The Renaissance” (prod. by Einb Special)
06 Kirk Knight: “Florists” (prod. by Kirk Knight)
07 Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Desst Hinds: “Interlude 47” (prod. by Statik Selektah)
08 Ala Sole, Nyck Caution: “Resurrection of Real” (prod. by Einb Special)
09 Dessy Hinds, Nyck Caution: “Vinyls” (prod. by The Entire Producers)
10 Joey Bada$$, Dyemond Lewis, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution: “School High” (prod. by Brandun DeShay)
11 Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly: “Overseas” (prod. by Hans Solo & Jonas Cook)
12 Dessy Hinds, Nyck Caution: “Natural” (prod. by Marvel)
13 Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ: “K.I.N.G.S.” (prod. by Thelonious Martin)
14 Joey Bada$$, Rokamouth: “Start to Finish” (prod. by Chuck Strangers)
15 CJ Fly, Dyemond Lewis, Ala Sole, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, Rokamouth, Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ: “Last Cypher” (prod. by Brendun Deshay)


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