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After a couple of monster weeks, the music-video gods finally fell asleep on us this week, giving us warmed-over ideas and slopped-out murky execution and very, very little to get excited about. There are good videos on the list below, but many of them are videos that would’ve missed the top five during a busier… More »

This week’s big videos were Iggy Azalea’s take on Kill Bill and Ariana Grande’s take on (I guess) Barbarella, and they were both straight trash. You can make a good pop video by making a pastiche of a particular movie; 2Pac doing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome springs immediately to mind. But that’s not enough. The… More »

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

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Joey Bada$$ Decries Media “Brainwashing” Over Bill Cosby Story

We’ve already been over this once when Chuck D defended Bill Cosby last week, so I’ll spare the indignation this time around except to say that there’s pretty much no ground left to stand on when it comes to defending the comedian. Over the weekend, newly obtained deposition details were released by The New YorkMore »

By: James Rettig / July 20, 2015 - 11:48 am

Joey Bada$$ – “Paper Trail$” Video

Joey Bada$$ released his debut LP B4.DA.$$ earlier this year, and today we’re getting a new video for the DJ Premier-produced track “Paper Trail$.” Directed by Tom Gould, the clip isn’t quite as dark as the affecting “Like Me” video, but it’s definitely still on the gloomy end of the spectrum. Gould matches the thematic… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 16, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Statik Selektah – “Beautiful Life” (Feat. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$)

Veteran DJ/producer Statik Selektah is gearing up for the release of his seventh studio album, appropriately entitled Lucky 7 and even more appropriately being released on 7/7. It’s got a pretty stacked cast of features, including Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., and even comedian Hannibal Buress. First single “Beautiful Life” is a slick cut that… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 9, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “Like Me” (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) Video

For one of the slower, jazzier numbers on his debut album B4.DA.$$, Joey Bada$$ enlisted BJ The Chicago Kid, an incredibly slept-on crooner out of (duh) Chicago. BJ handles the hook and other melodious flair for “Like Me,” and the dark subject matter of the video benefits from his plush vocals. Last year saw a… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 11, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Joey Bada$$ Says Feds Have Tapped His Phone Since Malia Obama Photo

I’ve gotta say, the fact that Malia Obama’s Pro Era T-shirt wasn’t brought up during the president’s State Of The Union address on Tuesday was a huge disappointment to me. It’s not a matter of national security, but it’s pretty fucking cool that Malia Obama is into Joey Bada$$, though it’s less cool that someone… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 22, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “Run Up On Ya” (Feat. Action Bronson & Elle Varner)

If Malia Obama really is a Joey Bada$$ fan, America is going to have to face the sobering truth that, somewhere in the White House, a child is listening to Action Bronson rapping about appearing on the cover of Tiger Beat and breaking a whistle off in someone’s ass. I know it’s a hard thing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Watch Joey Bada$$ On Bloomberg TV, Of All Places, Discussing The Malia Effect

Following the leak of the photo of Malia Obama wearing a Pro Era t-shirt, the media went into a frenzy. The New York Post even dedicated a whole article breaking down “the Malia effect,” looking at how the First Daughter’s style and musical tastes have had an influence on youth culture. Joey Bada$$ has remained… More »

By: James Rettig / January 15, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Watch Joey Bada$$ Play The Tonight Show With BJ The Chicago Kid & The Roots

Right now, the Malia Obama selfie story is threatening to overwhelm everything else about Joey Bada$$, including the impending release of his debut album B4.DA.$$. But Bada$$ is doing what he can to turn the conversation back to his music, and last night, he made a big move to push things back in that direction. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2015 - 9:08 am

White House Is Reportedly Investigating That Photo Of Malia Obama In A Joey Bada$$ Shirt

Malia Obama solidified herself as one of the coolest First Daughters ever after a picture of her wearing a Pro Era t-shirt surfaced online earlier this month. Fox News reports that the White House is now investigating how the photo managed to be released to the public. A representative for Joey Bada$$ told Gawker that… More »

By: James Rettig / January 9, 2015 - 8:46 am

Joey Bada$$ – “Teach Me” (Feat. Kiesza)

Earlier this week, a picture of presidential daughter Malia Obama wearing a Pro Era shirt made the internet rounds. Pro Era is, of course, Joey Bada$$’s rap crew, and if an Obama is publicly repping for Bada$$, then the teenage retro-rapper probably doesn’t need to do things like collaborate with rising dance-pop stars. And yet! More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Joey Bada$$ Arrested For Hospitalizing Australian Security Guard

Summer festival season is in full swing in Australia, and the young Brooklyn ’90s-rap nostalgist Joey Bada$$, whose debut album B4.DA.$$ is out 1/20, had an adventure while down under this past weekend. As Billboard points out, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that New South Wales police arrested Bada$$ after he finished performing at the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 5, 2015 - 9:14 am

Joey Bada$$ – “On & On” (Feat. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis)

Next month, B4.DA.$$, the official debut from the young Brooklyn rap classicist Joey Bada$$, is set to arrive. We’ve lately posted album tracks like “No. 99” and “Curry Chicken,” and the album features appearances from people like Action Bronson and Raury. “On & On,” the latest track that Bada$$ has shared, is a nicely mellow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 9:23 am

Joey Bada$$ – “Curry Chicken”

After spending a couple of years gestating in the mixtape underground, the young Brooklyn boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$ is finally about to release B4.DA.$$, his first proper album. And after sharing the purposeful early single “No. 99,” Bada$$ has gone into reflective mode on “Curry Chicken,” the latest album track he’s made public. The song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 23, 2014 - 8:53 am

Joey Bada$$ – “No. 99″ Video

Early next year, the young Brooklyn boom-bap revivalist Joey Bada$$ will finally release B4.DA.$$, his proper debut LP. In the new video for “No. 99,” the Statik Selektah-produced, “Scenario”-referencing track that he shared yesterday, Bada$$ plays Badmon, a masked Brooklyn vigilante leading an army of likeminded kids against an ill-defined malignant authority. Director Rik CorderoMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2014 - 9:07 am

Joey Bada$$ – “No. 99″

Joey Bada$$ built his entire career on nostalgia for early ’90s New York hip-hop, but the motif that felt exciting circa 2012 debut mixtape 1999 was wearing thin by the time Summer Knights rolled around the following summer. He sounds invigorated on “No. 99,” the latest single from his official debut album B4.DA.$$, perhaps because… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 8, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Knicks (Remix)” (Feat. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ & Ransom)

Earlier this year, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib teamed up to release Piñata, their excellent collaborative album. One of the few album tracks that didn’t have any guest rappers was the floaty sneer “Knicks.” But now there’s a new version of the song with a bunch of other rappers. Gibbs and Madlib will release their KnicksMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 20, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “Christ Conscious” Video

Although it feels like he’s been around forever, the one-time teenage rap prodigy Joey Bada$$ (who’s still a teenager, BTW) has yet to release an official debut album. That record, the cleverly titled B4.DA.$$ (“before the money,” get it?) is allegedly on its way this fall, and its lead single is called “Christ Conscious.” It’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Joey Bada$$ – “Get Paid”

There’s still no word on when Joey Bada$$’s debut studio album will come out, though he told MTV News last week that the album was now officially done. He’s about to embark on a worldwide tour and released a new track last night to celebrate the occasion. “Get Paid,” produced by DJ Relly Rell, follow… More »

By: James Rettig / September 27, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Kiesza – “Bad Thing” (Feat. Joey Bada$$)

It’s a bit weird to hear the young New York rap traditionalist Joey Bada$$ jump on a track with a rising dance-pop singer. But then DJ Premier did produce a bunch of songs for Christina Aguilera, so maybe it’s on-brand. And anyway, “Bad Thing,” the new single from Canadian singer Kiesza, doesn’t sound anything like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 22, 2014 - 2:43 pm
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