Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights
As one of the hottest names in Hip Hop at the moment, Joey Bada$$ has a major movement flowing right now. The return of NYC in it’s purest beloved form this is not a reincarnation of any type, it’s something fresh. This Brooklyn based emcee is influenced by the greats, but an artist of his own wave. After a short delay, Bada$$ has returned with seventeen new original tracks.
Here are the SOHH.com’s 5 Reasons to download “Summer Knights”.
1. Time Machine
Most listeners, especially those that were born in the 80’s would have to wonder if Joey linked up with Doc Brown of ‘Back To The Future’ fame to complete this project. It definitely has that vintage feel to it. Jazzy sounds, killer samples, plus crafty bars with a throwback vibe makes this a must hear release. Hip Hop fans from previous eras that are not feeling today’s new artists or music can certainly get into this. The thing is, Bada$$ is not necessarily copying what was created back then, he naturally adds his own current touch to the 90’s culture that influenced him. The result equals one of strongest mixtape releases of 2013.
2. R.I.P. Captiol $teez
Capitol $teez passed away tragically on December 24, 2012. He was a gifted emcee and a anchor for the Pro Era crew. His contributions to the group were truly immeasurable. $teez was responsible for the linking of other Brooklyn clicks on the rise like Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers for a super movement dubbed “The Beast Coast.” Joey Bada$$ pays tribute to his brother in rhyme in a moving song titled “LongLiveSteelo”.
3. 95 Til’ Infinity
The first single off this drop, “95 Til’ Infinity” has a nostalgic gritty feel. It finds Joey using a more aggressive flow, but he gets the job done well. The title is a spin off the west coast classic “93 Till Infinity” by Souls of Mischief. Peep the bars to this ill Lee Bannon production.
“I see through people’s door, the world may never know/
How my third pupil show, Incognito and cold needles flow/
And I don’t throw subs, I throw torpedoes/
The Don, not Cheadle, this don got a Cornelius fro/
Afro punk festivities/
This for my nigg*s that’s lying with queens like Nefertiti/
Waking up to pyramids and big kitties/
Gold soul theory, but what is life really” – Joey Bada$$
4. More Than Street Buzz
OG Swank is in high demand, and not just on your local street corner. Chopping it up with Brooklyn icon Jay-Z, and working with legendary producers like Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Joey is steadfast on his approach for staying independent in today’s game, and from the looks of it he’s doing the right thing, In fact, “The Beast Coast” just finished a two month tour in the U.S. and Canada this past spring. Pro Era are scheduled to continue performances throughout the entire summer. They will end the hectic run in September at Rock The Bells with the final throwdown right in NYC. It’s all love out there and Joey is raising his profile by the minute.
The whole Pro Era crew is in effect on “Summer Knights” Dirty Sanchez, Nyck Caution and Rokamouth go in on the joint “47goonz”. Kirk Knight gets mad burn on this release and is featured on “Amethyst Rockstar”, “Sorry Bonita”, “Satellite” and “Afterlife.” Knight has sick production work as well on here. Check for additional features by Chuck Strangers, CJ Fly, A La Sole, Collie Buddz, T’nah Apex and Dessy Hinds. Other producers on “Summer Knights” include Navie D, Lee Bannon, Oddisee, Chuck Strangers, Statik Selektah, Alchemist, DJ Premier, Patrick Eulmi and DOOM.