Despite being just 19 years old, Joey Bada$$ has already carved out a sizable niche for himself within NYC’s competitive hip-hop scene. He’s released a couple great mixtapes, including 1999 and Summer Knights, several excellent standalone singles, the Pro Era album P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse, and collaborations with the likes of J Dilla, DOOM, Flatbush Zombies, and more. Later this year, squire Joey will finally release his full-length debut album, B4.Da.$$, through Cinematic Music Group/RED Distribution. In anticipation, he’s unveiled the album’s lead single, “Big Dusty”.
Produced by longtime collaborator Kirk Knight, the track’s loop of hazy guitar and dusty drums has a kind of early Cypress Hill vibe, which fits nicely with the rest of Joey’s retro aesthetic. Lyrically, it’s more cutting wordplay and displays of experience-beyond-his-years, with lines like “My flow in-depth nigga, I got my wave up/It’s either get your tidal waved, or you could be my neighbor / Cause if I can’t eat, you can’t either”. There’s also something a bit more catchy and accessible about the hook, despite its relative simplicity, that demonstrates a new level of focus from the young up-and-comer.
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In a recent interview with Oyster Colored Velvet, Bada$$ described what we can expect from B4.Da.$$:
“You can definitely expect to get to know me better, know my story. The album really dives into my character and shows my fans who I am, where I came from. There’s an in-depth character to all sides of Joey Bada$$ that I’m looking at with this album. Ever since I came out with my 1999 project, then I hit them with my second project Summer Knights, people started to notice the contrast in my music. 1999 was my happier, younger side, and Summer Knights showed my darker side. B4.Da.$$ explores the contrast of them and basically let’s you know why I am the way I am. It’s important to switch it up. You can’t always come out with the same shit. I like to recreate myself with every project that I make. You know what I’m saying.? I try to remain different and versatile.”