10 Rappers We Want To See Live With The Roots
The Roots have collaborated with nearly everyone in hip hop. As the rap scene's resident band, they've made music with everyone from Jay Z and Kanye to Rae Sremmurd and Miley Cyrus. There's literally nobody they can't pair up with, and their residency on Jimmy Fallon's talk shows has proven that.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 8
This week we see Ne-Yo make his grand entrance on the Billboard 200 with Non-Fiction, and we're also analyzing Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$ in their second week out. As we saw last week, Joey Bad started off strong with a #5 debut, much higher than Lupe's Tetsuo & Youth. However was that just hype for his first week out? This week we're seeing Joey make quite steep drop to #41, and although Lupe has dropped as well, he's actually coming in slightly higher than B4.DA.$$.
Chart’s Don’t Lie: February 1
This week both Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco finally make their splash on the Billboard 200. One splash was bigger than another, though. The sales projections for both artists were pretty accurate, with Joey doing 57,694 units when you take into account the single and album streams, and Lupe doing 42,458. Joey's numbers not only outdid his veteran competitor Lupe Fiasco, but he also outdid fellow newcomers Rae Sremmurd, who are currently charting in their third week.
First Week Sales For Joey Bada$$' "B4.Da.$$" & Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
Last week, a young star and a down-on-his-luck veteran both released intelligent, career-revitalizing albums, but who sold more?
Review: Joey Bada$$' "B4.DA.$$"
Joey Bada$$ is a young Brooklyn emcee who was influenced by those who came before him from his region, the same way most young rappers from any region show clear influence from those who came before them in their region. As rappers from other regions have begun to dwarf New York rappers in popularity and New York rappers have begun taking more influence from other regions, some have viewed Bada$$’ New York influenced style as a flaw. In defense of Bada$$’ critics, outside of being skilled lyrically and having a healthy dose of cynicism in relation to authorities, who is Joey Bada$$?
Joey Bada$$ Talks Concept Of "Teach Me" & Bobby Shmurda
Joey Bada$$ celebrated his 20th birthday by not only giving fans a free record with "Born Day" but by dropping off his debut album B4.DA.$$. Not many 20-year olds can say they did that, let alone have accomplished as much as Joey has in such a small amount of time.
Samples Of The Week: January 22 (Joey Bada$$ Edition)
This Tuesday marked the release of Joey Bada$$' long-awaited commercial debut, B4.Da.$$. We'll be reviewing the album soon enough, but first, we're using this edition of Samples Of The Week to give some shine to the production on the project.
First Week Sales Projections For Joey Bada$$ & Lupe Fiasco
Just yesterday we saw the release of two highly anticipated albums, one from a veteran in the game, and one from a relatively new artist. Joey Bada$$ delivered his long-awaited debut album, while Lupe Fiasco delivered his final album on Atlantic, his fifth LP. Who will sell more?
Stream Joey Bada$$' "B4.DA.$$"
The wait is over. After releasing quality products like 1999 and Summer Knights, the young BK emcee Joey Bada$$' debut album B4.DA.$$ is now available for purchase from your favorite digital music sources. With production from DJ Premier, J Dilla, Hit-Boy , Statik Selektah and his Pro Era Brethren Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers, expectations are understandable.
Joey Bada$$ Says He Didn't Know It Was Malia Obama In Pro Era T-Shirt
Recently a selfie of President Barack Obama's daughter, Malia Obama, went viral after she was seen rocking a Pro Era t-shirt in it. The boys in Pro Era quickly promoted it, and soon enough all the blogs picked it up.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 9)
The first full week of 2015 comes with quite a bit of news. First, is the sad news of legendary SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Then, there was the Charlie Hebdo situation in France. The latter wasn't touched on too much in the hip-hop world (although, it's certainly nothing to take lightly). There were other preoccupations, from the premiere of Empire to lineup announcements. Catch up on this week's 140 Bars Or Less.
Dilla Weekend To Feature Joey Bada$$, Madlib, Pete Rock, And Others
While February 7th is celebrated as "Dilla Day" in Detroit, this year, the celebration will be going down in Miami as "Dilla Day" turns into a weekend event, February 5th through the 8th. Scheduled performers include Joey Bada$$, Madlib, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Black Milk, Esta, and Camp Lo with more to be announced.
Image Of Malia Obama Rocking Pro Era T Hits The Internet [Update: White House Investigating Release Of Selfie]
With B4da$$ a little over two weeks away, Joey Bada$$ received the type of promotion most artists would dream of. Recently an image hit the internet that showed Malia Obama, the eldest of daughter of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, rocking a Pro Era t-shirt.
Samples Of The Week: January 8
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Joey Bada$$ Arrested After Allegedly Breaking Security Guard's Nose In Australia [Update: Statement From Joey's Rep Released]
Joey Bada$$ hasn't started the new year off on the best foot. The Brooklyn rapper was arrested at a show in Australia this weekend after he allegedly struck a security guard in the face, breaking his nose. According to the guard's story, he believed that Joey was unauthorized to be on stage, stopping the rapper before his performance to check his credentials. At this point, he says Bada$$ punched him in the face, and went on to perform his show. Following the concert, Bada$$ was arrested and taken into custody, where he spent the night.
Joey Bada$$ Unveils "B4.DA.$$" Tracklist & Cover Art
Yesterday came the tragic news that Joey Bada$$' cousin and tour manager, Junior B, had passed away. Joey has subsequently cancelled his European tour midway through, but it seems his album will be released as planned.
Pro Era's Junior B Has Died
Tragedy strikes the Pro Era camp today, with news that Junior B, a member of Joey Bada$$' crew has passed away. While details are not yet known, word of Junior's condition was reported by fellow crew member Swankmaster Raw last week, who tweeted that his friend was "recovering" from a "near fatal accident".
Joey Bada$$ Donates $10,000 To His Old High School's Music Program
Joey Bada$$ got famous young; young enough that he didn't get to finish his senior year of high school. While he had to move on early, the Brooklyn rapper certainly had nothing but great memories from Edward R. Murrow High School, as he decided to give back to the institution this week.
Joey Bada$$ Announces Debut Album "B4.DA.$$" Release Date
Joey Bada$$'s debut album B4.DA.$$ has been a long time coming. We've known about the album title for ages, but it took a good minute before Joey was ready to start debuting singles off the LP. He then announced a "B4.DA.$$" tour, which recently wrapped up in his native New York. Now that the tour is finished, Joey has finally locked in a release date for his album.
10 Essential Joey Bada$$ Tracks
As a 17-year-old just beginning to make waves in the rap game, Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott didn't have the same life as most kids his age. He wasn't thinking about graduating high school to attend a university or enter the work force. As a matter of fact, before he even graduated high school he had formed a collective with classmates that would come to be known as Pro Era.