With so many Rick Ross grunts and Lex Luger machine gun snares invading my headphones, 17-year-old Joey BadA$$ and his Progressive Era crew offer up a welcome change of pace with their new mixtape 1999.
Sure, this is the sort of vintage conscience rap that wieners like to call “real hip-hop,” but forget the goofy fans. The reality is that this is some laid back, incredibly smooth hip-hop that goes down easy and recalls an era of talent and quality that still can’t be touched by the reformed coke dealers who bark over synth presets. Rhyming over new beats and well-tread material from MF Doom and J Dilla, Joey BadA$$ offers smooth flow and an old soul.
Obviously, 1999 isn’t enough to bump Waka Flocka Flame’s Triple F Life out of my weekend playlist, but if you’re aching for something a little more substantial in your rap you can’t go wrong with Joey BadA$$.