“Suspect niggas don't come outside. You might get your wig pushed back tonight. Said I deserve my respect. Brains don't matter if your wig get split on some 3rd eye shit.”

When it comes to recreating the NY hip hop of the early 90s, who knew a 17 year old teen from Flatbush is nearly hitting that mark in 2012? With the release of his debut mixtape 1999, Joey Bada$$ persona bleeds hip hop nostalgia. It's like a downloadable ticket to hip hop's glorious past. The mixtape's title is a representation of the last year in of the era he loves and hopes to bring back those memories to the present. Surprisingly, for his age and modern times, a lot of attention was given to the detail of his lyrics, rhyme scheme and beat selection to be reminiscient of his lyrical forefathers. As far as the name goes, it's more of a description of his rapping more than his self image.

Growing up in Brooklyn, the young emcee's influences were obviously Jay Z, Nas and Big. The first song he remembered word-for-word was even Biggie's "Hypnotized" at the age of 2. That may seem like he doesn't know too much about his music, but then again, everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves. By studying the decade before his time and applying it to now, he's starting to make a point.

From a kid that was a huge Young Money fan to converting to a state of higher consciousness as his angle, Joey seemed to have made the right moves musically. Like many new artists coming out today, Joey Bada$$ was found via Twitter by Jonny Shipes. Jonny Shipes just happens to manage artists Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA as well. With an artist that has a lot of time to mature combined with experienced management and guidance, Joey just might have a shot at being named among his influences even in years to come.

1999 finds itself in a mashup of every element leading with punchlines that will surely remind listeners of that gritty era Big L poise, the seemingly Illmatic storytelling, and I question myself in all seriousness: "How is this kid only 17?" This project has everything that reminds me of why I fell in love with hip hop to begin with, it is prime example of hip hop in it's finest hour. He's conscious without coming off preachy, his subject matter hits the target precisely and ever since this mixtape dropped, I haven't been listening to anything else (sorry submissions). This project leaves me not skipping any tracks. That being said, he's got next.

Dare I compare it to an Illmatic debut? No. But with that being said he's channeling a new wave and bringing old soul to the table, allowing us to change the way we listen to music. But when all is said and done, will it be too late before the general public catch on until? I wonder why he hasn't blown up the way he should yet? Right now, we wake up in the morning, turn on the radio, or hit various blogs, listen to what they have to offer, and we are quick to quip about how rap music isn't the same as when we were growing up. We feel cheated, and fall out of love with something that has held us up for a great amount of our childhood. Well, I am proud to say that we have someone whose is actually bringing the golden era flava that we've all been fiending to savor. And I tip my hat to a young fellow from Brooklyn.

Joey Bada$$, I salute you...

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  • mark

    Why did you quote Capital Steez in a post about Joey?

  • nate

    out of all the lines u could quote, you use a line thats not his? smh

  • Soulja P

    HMMMM interesting, an article about Joey Bad but starts off with a Capital Steez verse

  • Riiiiiiiiiiiiight

    it's the hook to one of his song who gives a shit.

  • Mrleftright

    oh stop.. you THOUGHT it was his line, and it's not.. miss peas has a hard time with lyrics. Remember the illHeavens post? LOL. However, there is some interesting background on this guy that I wasn't aware of. Thanks for that. Stick to what you're good at miss peas, maybe you should have these things edited, to keep you from looking like you don't know what the hell your talking about

  • Milhouse

    "With an artist that has a lot of time to mature combined with experienced management and guidance, Joey just might have a shot at being named among his influences even in years to come."
    WHAT IS THIS SUPPOSED TO MEAN? You are a terrible writer Miss Peas. You also say that you wouldn't compare his debut to Illmatic a paragraph after saying his storytelling is "seemingly Illmatic."
    Meka, how do you let this shit fly as an editorial?

  • that truth

    the pieces her and justice write never fail to disappoint. stick to posting songs and the project its off of. and joey badass is weak

    its complicated, shots of yager, ill proly chase em with somethin rolled in lots of papers

    if it rhymes, hell say it with terrible rhythm and no mic presence

  • marty mcfly

    The tape is dope so I cosign the same opinion cause it does have that 90s feel and it was done the right way. I only listened to the tape once but I thought it was cool but to answer Miss Peas on why this may not catch on in this new age. Its because its gonna be hard for this new era to pinpoint why this is dope in the first place. Once the masses have been over commercialized too much with the sounds of bullshit, that just makes it more harder to understand something like this Imo.

  • http://2dboyz Untitled

    How many of ya'll (with the exception of Marty McFly) actually know where

    “Suspect niggas don’t come outside. You might get your wig pushed back tonight.

    originally came from? Since ya'll are so hellbent on discrediting Miss Peas knowledge of Hip Hop all the damn time.

    Sheesh. Grow up children. Again if your gonna critique, have some class about it.

    I'll give ya'll a hint, It Was Written.

    I don't know her personally, I just don't understand this hateful mentality expressed in the c-sections of Hip Hop blogs.
    Heck even Meka fell back from talking to us like idiots. Yet this type of stuff gives him/them a reason to.

  • smoke

    1999 was a huge disappointment for me. I expected more. Joey's flow and rhymes are weak and barely captures the original 90s emcees he is trying to emulate.

    Joey is just a stream of consciousness of basically bragging about girls he fucked. Basicaly making him like 95% of the young rappers today who only rap to boast their swag. he may not use the word swag but what he rhymes about the same shit basically.

    he lacks any narrative or cohesive rhymes in a song. Basically you can interchange any verse on this album with another one on a different song and it would not make a difference.

  • truth

    nobody care about him anyway lol why does it matter if 2dopeboyz made quoted the wrong artist. . this kid is boring his shows are even worse. i need more of that new shit not someone whos 17 trying to sound like a 90s rapper.

  • DOUCHE

    ^^^^ TRUE I WAS AT THE SHOW LAST NIGHT THAT SHIT WAS ASS LOL DUDE GOT NO FANBASE IT WAS HIS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CLASS

  • GOLDIE

    I was a fan til i met him. little homie kinda cocky.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/YaBoy_Mal yaboymal

    anyone hating on this dope young nigga eat a fat one!!!how can you say you miss the golden era and not fuck wit dude?

  • Worldwide

    Shit is sad when a strong new MC comes along trying to make a difference and all people can do is hate. "His fanbase was his high school senior class"??? Thats some corny personal beef, nigga probably goes to his school and gets bullied by him. Lol

  • 2

    I've had "Daily Routine" and "Hardknock" on my ipod since 1999 came out. I think the best part about this guy is his style of rhyming which sounds alot like some of the greats. The substance/content of his rhymes is a little lacking, but if you don't really listen to what he's saying word for word and just listen to the overall sound, it sounds pretty cool (he picks some pretty good beats). I think you guys need to keep in mind that this kid is 17! At that age I wouldn't be able to come up with something even remotely decent. And even now I wouldn't be able to. Just for being 17 and coming out with this shit I gotta give him some props..

  • http://www.busstophustle.tumblr.com busstophustle

    Glad you're giving some shine to an upcoming artist, Peas. It works well with the intent of the blog. Still, this thing is rife with errors and your prose is confusing. Somebody's gotta edit these before they go up.

    Why do we continue to glorify the Golden Era though? It's been done. It's a highlight of Hip Hop's legacy, sure, but why continue to revisit that frontier? Doesn't it only set up future Hip Hop for a fall because it's always defined in the eyes of a past time period?

  • local

    @bustophustle your very right.... and @worldwide dude i work at SOBS believe me its not personal everyone in the crowed looked like little high school kids.

  • Worldwide

    Wasn't It an 16+ event? Surely If It were 18+ or 21+, turnout would have been different. Theres that and the guy said HIS school. Is that true?

  • http://www.twitter.com/thedavidcollins TheDavidCollins

    Jesus Miss_Peas, your writing is so redundant and grammatically poor. I love Joey, but I cannot stand Miss_Peas. Shake/Meka, lemme get a shot at some editorial stuff

  • dean

    word!

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