Raise your hands if you saw this collaboration coming. Nobody? Good – because I never would have guessed that one of the year’s biggest indie sensations in Glass Animals would be working in the studio with one of hip-hop’s most talented, emerging artists in Joey Bada$$, but the result is nothing short of spectacular.
There’s no denying that both Glass Animals and Joey Bada$$ are at the forefront of their genre. The Oxford-based, indie rock band made some serious waves last summer when they dropped their debut album, Zaba, which showcased a production style that featured their playful blend of electronic textures with subtle percussion elements and sticky melodies.
Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$ has been quietly dominating the underground hip-hop space as a co-founder of the rising Pro Era collective. He dropped his debut LP, B4.DA.$$, earlier this year, which harkened memories of West Coast hip-hop legends like Tupac.
On their collaboration, Glass Animals absolutely hits the production out of the park, as sticky electronic textures playfully twist and turn through the talented percussion work that has become a defining characteristic of the UK band’s style. Joey Bada$$’s iconic, rough vocals grate against the swampy production, making for a track with an interesting energy seemingly fitting for a late night trip out in the woods.
Aside from being one of the most technically proficient rappers coming up in the game, what makes Chance The Rapper great is his willingness to collaborate. Before Acid Rap he would do features with nearly anyone, which I think is a great quality in a young artist. His guest verses have helped rising Chicago artists, such as Alex Wiley, Kids These Days, and Milo & Otis, get their rightful notice, as well as helped Chance expand his own fan base through collabs with artists like Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$, and Hoodie Allen.
Hit the jump to download (!) the top 15 verses from Chance The Rapper. Click on the MP3 link to download the songs. Continue reading “Chance The Rapper’s 15 Best Guest Verses [Free Download]” »
This hot new number is a new track from growing superstar Joey Bada$$. Day in the Life is a beautiful ode to the road to becoming a New York gangster. With dope production from Harry Fraud it is almost impossible not to bob your head like an OG while listening to Bada$$’s flowing lyrics. This track is set to release today on Peter Rosenberg‘s “New York Renaissance” mixtape, so check it out on datpiff. This mixtape has a new Action Bronson number as well called Complements to the Chef. Be sure to grab this mixtape because it is going to be stacked with heavy hitters and enjoy this new track from Joey Bada$$, who never disappoints. Ever.
Chester Watson is 15 years old, but in his track, Phantom, he sounds like he has the matured sound of 19 year old Joey Bada$$. It seems like rappers are becoming famous when they are younger and younger and Chester is no exception. He has already released three mixtapes packed with sick lyrical cuts as well as instrumentals produced by Watson himself. In Phantom, Watson lays down a ominous dark flow over a real vintage boom bap beat. Watson possesses an incredibly fluid rhyme scheme in his raps, every word he speaks is delicately picked out but his style remains incredible natural. Right now he is only 15, I can’t start to imagine what this kid could accomplish before he graduates high school. Stay tuned to Chester Watson.
Enjoy the track and hit the jump to see the video, and be sure to check out Watson’s links below. Don’t sleep on this kid.
Chance? The Rapper? With two songs in one week? What is this, Heaven? Might as well be. Chance The Rapper and Joey Bada$$ put out a song together today with a jazzy backdrop by Thelonius Martin. I tell you what, pretty much anything Chance The Rapper spits resonates with me, because his voice alone is entertaining to listen to. I’m particular with those, too. Really not a fan of Common, despite understanding his quality material, because his voice irks me. Chance, though? Right on the money. Chance outrapped Joey Bada$$ on this one, even though it’s a Joey track.
Slow and soulful. Slow ya roll.
Sunset favorite ANTHM just sent over his rendition of Joey Bada$$’s “Waves” as a precursor to his upcoming Handful of Dust EP, which is produced entirely by Blu. Let me just say this track is a gem. True hip-hop at its finest. Listen below and try to follow along with these bars. And then hit repeat when you realize it’ll take another few listens.
This song is dedicated to the life and ideas of Malcolm X on the anniversary of his untimely passing.
#RIP El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. A powerful thinker, evolving at a rapid rate just as his life was cut short. #Malcolm (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)
BONUS! Ant also recently annihilated the “1 Train” instrumental.
Joey is quickly (very quickly) becoming one of the brightest shining young emcees in the game. He’s arguably outshined A$AP Rocky on 1 Train and definitely outshines Smoke DZA on this track. It’s only a matter of time before Joey becomes the headliner–he’s well worth it.
Nothing particularly remarkable about the video here, but I really dig the production on this track and I think DZA and Joey’s flows go off here.
Some of the stuff Joey spits goes right over my head until I listen enough times. That’s a rare ability and the kid has it in droves.
Calling it right now–Joey will have a number 1 album by the time he is 20. That gives him just north of two years. You heard it here first.
So this video, as you may know, is not new. However, I have been getting more and more into Joey Bada$$ recently, and thought I should share it. This is the first thing I saw from Joey, and immediately made me a fan.
If you don’t know Joey Bada$$, get familiar–rarely, if ever, does a 17 year old rapper make the kind of noise he has been making. With timeless, laidback, classic Brooklyn flow, he’s been getting comparisons to some of the greats.
Whether or not you buy into the comparisons, it’s pretty hard not to buy into his talent. If DJ Premier cosigns the kid, he’s the real deal.
What do you think of Joey? All hype, or all real?
I ain’t mad at you I keep my attitude on “screw it a million bucks should do it”/ I’m out for presidents to represent me/ Yo chick keep messaging me, who the bestest MC? They be mentioning me
A$AP Rocky’s long waited debut has finally arrived. Long.Live.A$AP is here, and *SPOILER ALERT* it’s here to stay. Sunset writers got together again for another group review of one of the bigger releases to start off 2013. Peep it after the jump! Continue reading “[Album Review] A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP” »
I’ve been waiting for this one for a few days since the snippet dropped, and now we have the complete, CDQ version of Joey Bada$$’s “Unorthodox” produced by none other than the legend himself, DJ Premier.
I’m not going to say much about Premo’s beat–what is there to say, really? Perfection is perfection–but Joey’s flow here sounds like it could have come out of Brooklyn anytime in the past 25 years. He has the timeless BK, chilled out, off the dome flow that Notorious became so famous for. Now, that’s not to say that he’s on Notorious’ level so don’t freak out; but that tried and true , rap battle flow is what Joey is becoming famous for spitting.
It will be interesting to see what route Bada$$ takes in the near future. He just got a huge look on A$AP’s “1 Train” along Danny Brown, Kendrick, Yelawolf and Big Krit, among others, and as he explicitly lays out in “Unorthodox,” he won’t consider any offer less than 3 million, which is right about what Kendrick and A$AP first signed for.
Will Joey Bada$$ be that big? Is he worth that kind of investment?
If you ask me, absolutely. Only time will tell.
“Basically, I grind with the grimiest/Learn how to eat in a jungle full of highness“