Joey Bada$$ - "Unorthodox"

The teenage Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has built his name by resurrecting the grimy, polysyllabic boom-bap that was one of New York’s chief exports during the 1990s. So in his first track for Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound imprint, the label has paired Joey up with rap luminary DJ Premier, quite possibly the man most responsible for inventing that sound. (He’s also, almost indisputably, the best producer ever to practice that style.) Together on the new track “Unorthodox,” they show as much chemistry as you’d expect, with Premier bringing a warm, crackling simplicity that hasn’t always been there in his recent tracks. Download it below.

Good song, but I’m not sure I’d call it “unorthodox.” Watch a making-of video at Green Label Sound.

Comments (6)
  1. I hate all the self promotion interuptions, ruins the song for me.

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  3. I probably will be moving along. I check this site every day for music updates (if you want to call that not paying attention) and for the past few years it has opened my eyes to a lot of good music, but for the past year or so it seems that the site is in a rut featuring the same handful of artists over and over. Every day I get to look forward to reading articles about weird crafts people make, Willow Smith sampling Radiohead, or whether or not Sixtherapper was signed by 50 Cent. I better go find out.

    • Much better critique!

      I’m keeping up with Joey Badass, so I don’t mind the coverage; lots of eyes and ears on the NYC rap scene. I hear you on some of the other stuff.

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