7 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A fast-rising Brooklyn emcee, Joey Badass is a classic modern-era success story. As a complete unknown he put a homemade freestyle video on YouTube; it was picked up by World Star Hip Hop and soon earned him a label and management deal. Along with his Pro Era crew, he released The Seccs Tape, but it was his first solo mixtape—1999, released in the summer of 2012—that put him on the fast track. Since then it's been all good: tours, cameos, big-name co-signs, and buzz galore. Summer Knights is just his second mixtape, and each track shows his lyrical prowess. He displays a potent mix of humor, storytelling, bravado, and autobiographical reflections, matched perfectly with unique yet funky production. Don't miss the hard-hitting "My Jeep" featuring Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, "Sit n' Prey" with Dessy and T'nah Apex, and the reggae-flavored "My Yout." Overall it's a great release to whet your appetite for his official debut, B4 Da $$, coming soon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A fast-rising Brooklyn emcee, Joey Badass is a classic modern-era success story. As a complete unknown he put a homemade freestyle video on YouTube; it was picked up by World Star Hip Hop and soon earned him a label and management deal. Along with his Pro Era crew, he released The Seccs Tape, but it was his first solo mixtape—1999, released in the summer of 2012—that put him on the fast track. Since then it's been all good: tours, cameos, big-name co-signs, and buzz galore. Summer Knights is just his second mixtape, and each track shows his lyrical prowess. He displays a potent mix of humor, storytelling, bravado, and autobiographical reflections, matched perfectly with unique yet funky production. Don't miss the hard-hitting "My Jeep" featuring Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, "Sit n' Prey" with Dessy and T'nah Apex, and the reggae-flavored "My Yout." Overall it's a great release to whet your appetite for his official debut, B4 Da $$, coming soon.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

272 Ratings

Beast Coast

Elliot Alston,

If you're just now hearing Joey, you're way behind.

Awesome

TaeKwonDope,

This is a good mixtape. Just wondering why Joey didn't put the rest of it here.

About Joey Bada$$

A mix of indie and street, rapper Joey Bada$$ rose to fame by releasing mixtapes and joining the hip-hop collective Pro Era with fellow MC Capital Steez. Born Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Joey began performing under the name JayOhVee, but changed it to Joey Bada$$ before the Pro Era crew signed to the Cinematic Music label in 2012. It was the same year Joey made his solo debut with the mixtape 1999, which was followed in 2013 by the mixtape Summer Knights. Later that year he made his official debut when the Summer Knights EP landed, featuring four tracks from the mixtape of the same name. A Pro Era mixtape followed in early 2014, The Secc$ Tap.e, Vol. 2.

The full-length B4.DA.$$ appeared in January 2015, filled with productions from the likes of Statik Selektah and DJ Premier alongside Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers. Even more impressive, the album included a track where the Roots helped complete a lost beat from the late, great J. Dilla. In the years that followed, Joey collaborated with Korean hip-hop artist Tablo and British band Glass Animals. He also secured a recurring role in the second season of television thriller Mr. Robot. His sophomore long-player arrived in 2017. All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ featured guest spots by ScHoolboy Q, Styles P, J.Cole, and others, on a politically charged set that included singles "Land of the Free" and "Rockabye Baby." ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

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