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$$ is doing what he can to turn the conversation back to his music, and last night, he made a big move to push things back in that direction. On The Tonight Show, Bada$$ performed “Like Me,” one of the album tracks that we haven’t yet heard. He had a ton of help up there, too: Tonight Show house band the Roots, young R&B prospect BJ The Chicago Kid, and boom-bap DJ and producer Statik Selektah. Bada$$ has some real stage presence, and the song’s melodic, inward boom-bap is deep in the Roots’ wheelhouse, so this was a strong performance. Check it out below.
B4.DA.$$ is out 1/20 on Cinematic.