Joey Bada$$ is an interesting story in Hip-Hop circles. 8 years removed from his debut mixtape "1999," he's now a veteran emcee with 2 full-length albums under his belt and a world of experience from touring the world since the age of 17. We've watched him grow up and expand his horizons as an actor, businessman, and social justice advocate - but, we've also witnessed his inevitable growing pains in the process. He was immediately looked upon as the 2nd coming of Nas after 1999 showcased a young man with wisdom beyond his years waxing poetic over dusty boom-bap, jazz laced instrumentals and introducing us to his Pro Era crew.
As the pressure from fans continued to increase, Joey began to do everything in his power to break loose from the confines of being seen as a '90s rap clone. We heard him make his voice more gruff at times, he started incorporating more contemporary sounds into his music, and even found himself co-writing with one of the biggest stars in music today (see: Post Malone). Over time, some of his early supporters began to show a disdain for the direction of his music and Joey would sometimes express a lack of motivation through his tweets. At one point, he made an appearance on Viceland's "The Therapist" to get some things off his chest.
Now with a new EP to promote, "The Light Pack," Joey Bada$$ has claimed this release to be a rebirth of sorts. The 3 track project is short and sweet, featuring Pusha T on the song "No Explanation." From the moment you hear the keys on "The Light" you can tell that he's taking the listener back to familiar territory. Every line on the song sounds pointed and focused, and you can hear that same veracity through the duration of the project. We're excited to hear new music from the Pro Era general and we definitely look forward to seeing where this next phase of his career will lead. Stream the project below!