All hands to the pump to greet the Badass
Hailing from East Flatbush in Brooklyn, Bada$$ rose to fame following the positive reception to his debut mix-tape 1999 (2012), produced alongside his collective Pro Era (The Progressive Era).
Two years later – and still only 19 years of age – Joey has matured exponentially, evolving into a performer with an unparalleled skill set.
Creating music clearly influenced by his upbringing in Bed Stuy, which was one of the least desirable neighbourhoods of Brooklyn during the ‘90s, Bada$$’s lyrics bleed the streets from every pore in every reference, anecdote and statement. They are all anchored to the reality he was faced with on a daily basis.
Delivering each and every verse with a palpable sense of vigour, neatly layered on top of smoothly produced loops – those not made by Pro Era derive from sampling by the likes of master-beatsmiths MF Doom, Lord Finesse and the late J Dilla – Bada$$ has found an infalliable formula.
Having inevitably caught the world’s attention with the release of what is one of the most eagerly anticipated rap albums coming next year, Bada$$ is set to peak before his 21st birthday.
Following the critically acclaimed 1999 (2012) and Summer Knights (2013), his debut studio album B4.DA.$$ – scheduled for release in January 2015 – will include his megahit singles ‘Christ Conscious’ and ‘Big Dusty’ and is anticipated to create a shockwave across the blogosphere.
Way ahead of his time, Bada$$ is already a part of the sacred brotherhood of New York’s prestigious hip-hop history.
Joey Bada$$: Fri 5 Dec, 20:00; Pumpehuset; 235kr