This is my “I told you so” moment. Back in March 2012, after hearing the impressive Capital Steez (R.I.P) featuring “Survival Tactics”, we demanded asked you to Get Familiar with the then 17 year old, Brooklyn, New York repping rapper/the reason why your favourite rapper will retire or damn near go broke trying to sign him, Joey BadA$$.
Over the course of 2012, the excitingly pure Hip Hop artist from the forward thinking collective/movement Pro.Era (The Progressive Era) continued to impress, delivering intelligent verses, with thought provoking lyrics, with a cadence and delivery over boom bap soundbeds with such maturity that they conjured up comparisons with some of the icons of the 90s Hip Hop era (Big L, Biggie, Nas etc).
Then the young Bada$$, who is signed to the good folk at Cinematic Music Group (Their roster includes Big K.R.I.T, Smoke DZA etc) dropped his debut solo mixtape 1999, which became one of (if not the) best mixtape releases of the year, receiving accolades from his peers, seniors and respectable platforms and publications, the release kicked off a slew of guest appearances of several high profile releases, shows all over the globe and an ever growing international fan base.
Fast forward to the present and after reportedly turning down a deal with your/my favourite rapper, becoming a creative director at Ecko clothing, releasing a single with the legendary DJ Premier and featuring on A$AP Rocky‘s Billboard topping debut album Joey is currently prepping his next mixtape, his debut album and fielding offers from pretty much every major label around. Salute Joey, Pro.Era and the Cinematic Music Group, this year is going to be an epic one for them