Entries tagged with: Joey Bada$$

25 result(s) displayed (1 - 25 of 72):

photo: Joey Bada$$ at 30 Days in LA 2015 (more by Carlo Cruz)
Joey Bada$$

NYC rapper Joey Bada$$ is currently on tour in Europe. We mentioned that he'll be playing Long Island and NJ in December, and now he's added a NYC date on December 22 at the Playstation Theater where he'll be joined by G Herbo (fka Lil Herb), who just played Red Bull's 30 Days in LA and released a new song with Joey through Red Bull Sound Select. Further support for that show will be provided by Father, Smoke DZA, Cousin Stizz and Zuse. Tickets will go on sale on Friday (11/20).

Stream that Joey Bada$$/G Herbo song and check out updated tour dates below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ expands tour, adds NYC show with Father, G Herbo, Smoke DZA & more (updated dates)"

words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Carlo Cruz

Herbo and Bada$$
Joey Badsass concert
Joey Badsass concert

After much anticipation, well-known dj and producer Statik Selektah arrived on stage to claim the turntables. The lights dimmed and I couldn't contain my excitement as Joey Bada$$ approached us, opening up with the ever-so-popular 'Paper Trail$' (as suspected) off his 2015 album B4.DA.$$. Styled to a Snoop T, the twenty-year-old had the crowd wrapped around his finger as he spewed his poetic verses. '90s hip-hop vibes quickly took over the scene as the eery bass bled through the speakers and more and more arms waved swiftly up and down. Any moment of silence was filled with fans chanting his name. The crowd hyped him up as he took a breather and sipped on water.
[Blurred Culture]
Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days In LA is underway, and like Grimes, last week Joey Bada$$ played one of the shows (at The Belasco Theater) with G Herbo, who up until recently was known as Lil Herb. Freddie Gibbs, who released two new songs today, was a surprise guest during Joey's set on "Carry On." More about the show in the review quoted above. Pictures from the LA show (including opener Warm Brew) continue below.

Herbo and Joey also made a song together, "Lord Knows," which just came out today as part of Red Bull Sound Select's series of collaborative singles. (The previous one was Del The Funky Homosapien with Basecamp.) Metro Boomin, who also produced the Future song that just came out, gives "Lord Knows" a haunting beat that Herbo and Joey basically go buckwild over. Listen below.

Joey's tour eventually brings him back to the NYC-area to play NJ and Long Island in December. Pictures and song below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & G Herbo released collab track "Lord Knows", played '30 Days In LA' together (stream, pics)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Joey Bada$$ w/ The Soul Rebels @ Voodoo Fest
Voodoo Fest 2015

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ kicked off his tour in NYC back in September, and now he's about to hit Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, and then Europe with fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and Nyck Caution.

He doesn't have another NYC date scheduled, but he tacked on nearby NJ and Long Island dates with those same Pro Era openers for after the European run. Those shows happen at Starland Ballroom on December 17 and The Paramount on December 18. Tickets for NJ and LI are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

Joey also just did another of his collaborative sets with The Soul Rebels at Voodoo Fest (before the fest was cancelled due to flooding) and pictures of his set are in this post.

His tourmate Kirk Knight just dropped his new album Late Knight Special last week (10/30). Listen to "Brokeland" and "Knight Time" from that album, with more pictures and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ adds Long Island & NJ dates to tour with Kirk Knight, whose new album is out now (stream 2 tracks)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Florence / Modest Mouse / Metric @ Voodoo Fest 10/30/2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015

Taking one of her few moments to stand still at centerstage as her 10 fellow band-members sonically introduced themselves, Welch's hands orchestrated their sound. Long, thin fingers climbed the space around her, and she fell into "What the Water Gave Me," a track from the 2011 release "Ceremonials."

Swiftly unleashing herself from the stillness, Welch burned a path from stage-left to stage-right, bewitching the front rows with a tambourine held high.

"Hello Voodoo Festival," she called. "We are Florence and the Machine. Thank you so much for having us. Now, we would have liked to have a choir with us, but it turned out they were all ghosts and went back home. So, I was wondering if you'd be our choir this evening? Can we sing this one together?" - [Nola.com]

Heavy rain and wind wreaked havoc on New Orleans' Voodoo Fest on Halloween Weekend, but Friday's kickoff day (10/30) went off fine, with a headlining set from Florence + the Machine where any dramatic weather system seemed part of her theatrical performance. The holiday weekend meant lots of folks were dressed up -- both on stage and off -- and acts like Metric and Florence got into the Halloween spirit. Some, like Modest Mouse, were business as usual, attire-wise. Other performers Friday included Joey Bada$$, Jason Isbell, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, and more.

Gerard also stopped by the Toyota Music Den, which BrooklynVegan helped curate along with SPIN and Stereogum, as did The Joy Formidable and Wax Motif.

We'll have pictures from Day 2 of Voodoo fest up soon. (Sunday was rained out.) More pics from Friday, below...

Continue reading "2015 Voodoo Fest day 1 in pics: Florence, Metric, Joey Bada$$, Modest Mouse, Gerard Way, The Joy Formidable & more"

photo: Vince Staples @ BV-RBSS @ The Shop (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples
Red Bull

Like last year, Red Bull Sound Select is throwing 30 days of concerts in LA for the entire month of November. Artists playing include TV on the Radio, Grimes, Sylvan Esso, Joey Bada$$, Toro y Moi, Tinashe, Vince Staples, Big Sean, Kaytranada, iLoveMakonnen, Foals, Kiesza, Chromeo and more. Tickets for the whole thing are on sale now.

As you know if you read this site enough, BrooklynVegan is a Red Bull Sound Select partner. We curate/produce RBSS shows and bands in NY and NJ. Opening bands get "curated" into the RBSS program when they get asked to play their first RBSS show. Those bands then also become part of the pool of available opening bands we can "curate" on to future shows. Cakes Da Killa was curated into the program by Afropunk. BrooklynVegan's last show was on 9/4. We had Cakes Da Killa open for Against Me! in Asbury Park. Cakes also opens the next NYC RBSS show (curated by Popgun), and opens for Chromeo as part of 30 Days in LA.

Our last NYC show was with Vince Staples and Loaf Muzik in Brooklyn. Red Bull must have really liked that lineup because they booked it again as part of 30 Days in LA,.

We also had Lil Herb, who now goes by G Herbo, on that show. He's also playing 30 Days in LA, but with Joey Bada$$.

Nicole Dollanganger (photo by Susie Bell)
Nicole Dollanganger

The Grimes show will be opened by Nicole Dollanganger who is the first artist signed to Grimes' new label, Eerie Organization. The label will release her new album Natural Born Losers on October 9 and going by lead single "You're So Cool," if you like Grimes you'll probably dig Nicole too. After hearing a demo of the album, Grimes said: "It blew up my brain so hard that I literally started Eerie to fucking put it out because it's a crime against humanity for this music not to be heard."

Listen to that and check out the full '30 Days In LA' schedule (tickets HERE), below...

Continue reading "RBSS throwing 30 days of shows in LA again (TVOTR, Vince Staples, Grimes w/ Nicole Dollanganger, Tinashe & more)"

photo: Joey Bada$$ in Central Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joey Bada$$

Ghostface Killah has had quite the busy year. He has collaborative albums out with Adrian Younge and BADBADNOTGOOD and recently wrapped up a tour with Raekwon in support of the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Now he's teaming up with another fellow Wu-Tang member, GZA, for a free collaborative show in NYC on September 3 at House of Vans. Making it a very good double bill, Joey Bada$$ will open. RSVP is open now. Flyer below.

For Joey, that's the first date of a lengthy tour that hits Connecticut, Philly, Australia, the UK and more. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ touring, playing a free House of Vans show with Ghostface & GZA (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joell Ortiz

Brooklyn staple Joell Ortiz returned last week with the new album Human, a collaborative project with producer Illmind (whose last collab LP was 2010's Live from the Tape Deck with Skyzoo). Not unlike when Joell's Slaughterhouse groupmate Royce da 5'9" did a full album with one great producer (DJ Premier) last year as PRhyme, Human is a cohesive work and both Joell and Illmind bring their A-game. Guests don't show up until track 8 of 11, when Emilio Rojas, Bodega Bamz and Chris Rivers go back and forth on "Latino, Pt. 2" (which there's a video of, below). After that the only other appearances come from Father Dude and Jared Evan. If you haven't heard the album yet, stream it below via Spotify.

Joell and Illmind are celebrating the album in Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/23) at The Wick. Album guest Emilio Rojas is on the bill too, plus Billionaire Buck and Sons of 84. Tickets are available.

The next night, Friday (7/24), Joell will team up with the rest of Slaughterhouse for a Rough Trade show, which celebrates the new boxing movie Southpaw. The soundtrack, executive produced by Eminem, features the new Slaughterhouse song "R.N.S." which you can stream below. PRhyme, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ and more are on it too. You have to purchase it from the Rough Trade store on Friday to get a wristband for the show.

The film got its NYC premiere earlier this week at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Broadway. Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams showed up, as did Eminem, 50 Cent and more. It opens in theaters Friday.

The Independent calls it "absurd and unoriginal but rousingly entertaining." You can watch the trailer, with the new Slaughterhouse song and the Human stream, below...

Continue reading "Joell Ortiz & Illmind celebrating 'Human' at The Wick tonight; Slaughterhouse celebrating 'Southpaw' soundtrack on Friday"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Joey Bada$$ / Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers / crowd
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015

But the night kept getting more hyped and the crowd's energy was building along with it. The Underachievers took the stage as the sun officially set, running through a slew of songs from their debut mixtape Indiegoism and their latest solo project, Cellar Door, including "Sun Through Rain" and "Amorphus." Mick Jenkins, Justine Skye, Bodega Bamz, Vashtie and 2015 XXL Freshman Raury all rolled through as Flatbush Zombies' set began to the loudest cheers of the night, while Ab-Soul and his girlfriend Yaris Sanchez hung out behind the scenes.

...But that was just the beginning; Ab-Soul then took the stage for his track "Terrorist Threats," rocking at the front of the stage with Joey going crazy beside him. The next to take the stage was A$AP Ferg, who hadn't been spotted backstage before then, who came out as the crowd erupted and asked the crowd to put their hands in the air for both STEEZ and A$AP Yams. Ferg then launched into "Work," which flowed seamlessly into "Shabba Ranks" and threw things onto another level. A moment of silence was called and Pro Era all took a knee on stage and turned to the projector behind them as a video tribute to Capital STEEZ played on screen. As STEEZ's mother, sisters, nephew and other family members watched from the side, Pro Era huddled for a moment in the middle of the stage before launching into "Survival Tactics," Joey's breakout song off 1999 that featured STEEZ and did more than anything to that point to launch Pro Era's hip-hop dreams and expose their balanced and insightful lyricism to the masses. [XXL]

In honor of the late Pro Era member Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$ and the rest of the Pro Era crew presented the inaugural Steez Day show in Central Park yesterday (7/7), which would have been Steez's 22nd birthday. They brought out a bunch of their talented friends, including Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers (who just announced a new album and tour), Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA, Dyme-A-Duzin, 22 Love and SMTH, plus surprise appearances from Ab-Soul and A$AP Ferg. Later that night, a chunk of the lineup played the afterparty at Highline Ballroom, and the previous night, Joey and other friends showed up at Statik Selektah's release show at Santos. Statik was also on hand to DJ Steez Day.

More pictures of Underachievers' set here, and more pictures from the rest of Steez Day, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Ab-Soul, A$AP Ferg & more celebrated Steez Day in Central Park (pics)"

photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).

The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.

Sicko Mobb

In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 for Warm Up with Baauer, Skepta and more (tickets); and a late show at Palisades that night with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain (tickets).

Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork list their overlooked records of 2015 (including Sicko Mobb, who play NYC soon)"

by Andrew Sacher

Statik Selektah

Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah is following last year's What Goes Around with another solo album, Lucky 7, on Tuesday (7/7) via Showoff/Duck Down. Like its predecessor, it's insanely stacked with impressive guests. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Bodega Bamz, Rapsody, A$AP Twelvyy, Royce Da 5'9", comedian Hannibal Buress and more show up on this thing. Check out three unsurprisingly-fire singles -- "All You Need" (ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Elle Varner), "Beautiful Life" (ft. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$) and "Top Tier" (ft. Sean Price, Bun B, Styles P) -- below.

Statik Selektah is celebrating the album in NYC the day before it comes out at Santos Party House (7/6), and he's promising that guests from the album will show up. Maybe it's a stretch to assume that say, Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T. will be in town, but it doesn't seem crazy to expect Bronson, Joey, Talib or any of the other locals. Tickets are on sale now.

Talib Kweli is in the midst of a three-night NYC run. He just played Brooklyn Bowl the past two nights, and will be in Commodore Barry Park today (7/3) for the International African Arts Festival.

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era are doing their big Steez Day show on Tuesday (7/7) at Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA and more, plus Statik Selektah on DJ duties. After that, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers head to Highline Ballroom for a late-night show (11:15 PM doors). Central Park is sold out but tickets for Highline are still available.

Statik Selektah song streams and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Statik Selektah celebrating LP ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli & more in NYC with special guests"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Flatbush Zombies

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have a big Central Park SummerStage show on July 7 coming up (tickets). That show ends at 10 PM, but Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers will also play another show later that night at Highline Ballroom. Doors are at 11:15 PM. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of rap shows at Central Park SummerStage, rapper Young Thug is playing there on September 17 with trap producer RL Grime. Opening that show is Mr. Carmack. Tickets are on sale. You can watch the video for "Check" off Young Thug's recent Barter 6, below. All RL Grime dates here.

RL Grime also recently put out the new song "Scylla (VIP)," which you can stream below.

In other rap news, Vince Staples will be in NYC soon for the XXL Freshmen show on June 30 at Best Buy Theater with DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, Raury, Tink and more (tickets). Earlier that day, Vince will give a discussion and performance at Apple Store SoHo from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. His debut album, Summertime '06, is streaming now and the video for "SeƱorita" is below.

There's also two more chances to catch Fetty Wap in and around NYC after that. Fetty Wap & The Remy Boyz will play Stage 48 on July 8 (tickets), and Fetty will open for... Chris Brown on August 30 at Jones Beach (tickets). In case you live under a rock and haven't heard it, you can listen to Fetty Wap's unstoppable "Trap Queen" below.


One last one for now: Viral rapper Stitches (pictured above) will play The Studio at Webster Hall on July 23 with local staples Main Attrakionz. His virality comes from his song "Brick In Yo Face," which was uploaded to YouTube last year and now has over 6 million views, and maybe also because of those face tattoos. The song (which later appeared on the No Snitching Is My Statement mixtape, hosted by Waka Flocka's DJ, DJ Ace) sounds a little more fit for Gathering of the Juggalos than a show with a cloud rap duo, but it's not hard to see why it's taking off. If you haven't heard it yet, see what you think, below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Saturday (6/27) at 10 AM.

All mentioned videos/song streams below...

Continue reading "Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Underachievers, Young Thug, RL Grime, Vince Staples, Fetty Wap & more playing NYC shows"


New Orleans music festival Voodoo Music Experience returns this year Halloween weekend from October 30 - November 1. The lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne ft. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello & Slash, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Florence + the Machine, Babes In Toyland, Jack U (aka Diplo & Skrillex), Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$ & the Soul Rebels, Clutch, The Cult, Fishbone, Title Fight, Duke Dumont, Santigold, Frank Turner, Girl Talk, Hundred Waters, Deadmau5, Third Eye Blind and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Voodoo 2015 lineup & tix (Ozzy Osbourne, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, more)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest poster

Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.

The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 lineup: Jane's Addiction, D'Angelo, L7, NOFX, Wu-Tang, Venom, Ride, American Football, American Nightmare, Converge, Charlatans, Dag Nasty, MANY more"

Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$ is set to go on the 'World Domination' tour this spring with Mick Jenkins and Denzel Curry in continued support of this year's B4.DA.$$, and just after that he'll play 'Steez Day' on July 7 at Central Park SummerStage with fellow NYC hip hop pals Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. Tickets for that stacked bill go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (5/7) at 10 AM.

Joey also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam in early June with Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and more. All Joey's dates are listed below.

Earlier this week, Joey and fellow Pro Era member Nyck Caution dropped the new track "World In Your Pocket," produced by Chuck Strangers. Stream that, with a recent video of Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers interviewing each other, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ touring, playing Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers (dates, new song)"

Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 7 this year, and the lineup is now announced. Kendrick Lamar (who's played the main stage and the side stage before) is headlining this year, and the rest of the main stage includes Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and more. The side stage has Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Dej Loaf and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Meek Mill and Dej Loaf also play the NYC-area when their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe hits Barclays Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.

Big Sean plays the area when his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits MSG, Susquehanna Bank Center and PNC Bank Arts Center.

Joey Bada$$ also has a Terminal 5 show.

Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ played three NYC shows in January the week his new album B4.DA.$$ came out, and now he's announced a much larger hometown show. He'll once again headline the Smokers Club 4/20 show (which is now an annual thing), though this year it's actually April 19 at Terminal 5.

Also on the bill is Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon. Joey plays a few fests too -- all dates below.

Joey's album features fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson, who also plays Terminal 5 soon: 3/24 (sold out) and 3/25 (tickets). Bronson's own new album, Mr. Wonderful, comes out 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic, and this week he put out another new song from it, "Baby Blue," featuring Chance the Rapper (who has two albums on the way) and produced by Mark Ronson (who currently has one of the biggest singles in the country).

Listen to that, with the newest video from Joey's album and recent mixtapes from Lil Herb and Frais, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ playing annual 4/20 show (on 4/19) at T5 w/ Lil Herb, Frais & more; Action Bronson released a new song"


Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Hangout Fest adds Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, Sam Smith, JEFF the Brotherhood, Natural Child & more to lineup"

"FUCKING JOEY CAME OUT AT THE PHONY PPL SHOW, fuck my life brooooo fuck my life" - @tayfo_SHO

photos: Rae Sremmurd @ Webster Hall / Joey Bada$$ @ SOB's
Rae Sremmurd

As discussed, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ releases his debut album B4.DA.$$ next week (1/20), and plays a hometown release show on Monday (1/19) at Rough Trade, which you have to buy the album to get into. It turns out that's actually one of three NYC shows he's playing that week.

The following night, he'll play Williamsburg dance club Verboten (1/20) with his Pro Era pals and special guests, Statik Selektah, Relly Rell, Pow P & Kool, DJ Red Alert, and guest FunkFlex. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg is hosting. Tickets are on sale.

Then on Thursday (1/22) at Webster Hall, he'll be the guest at Just Blaze's weekly House Party, along with Statik Selektah. Tickets are on sale for that one too.

Just Blaze has been killing it with his guests lately. He had breakout duo Rae Sremmurd last night (1/15). Anyone catch that? That's a picture from the show above, via Webster Hall's Facebook, where you can browse many more pics of last night.

Joey appeared live in NYC last night too, guesting at the Phony PPL show at SOB's. You can see a picture of that above as well (via). Today, he and producer Statik Selektah dropped another new track from his album, "Run Up On Ya," which features Elle Varner and Action Bronson (who has his own new album and upcoming NYC show on the way). Listen below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ released a new song ft. Action Bronson, joined Phony PPL at SOB's, adds 2 NYC shows, including Just Blaze's party (which Rae Sremmurd played)"

Joey Badass

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ looks like he's finally ready to get out his debut album, B4.DA.$$, with a release date set for next week (1/20). In celebration of that, he'll play a hometown release show on January 19 at Rough Trade, which you can get into by buying a copy of the album from the Rough Trade store that day (first come, first serve). There's also a signing for the first 50 customers after the show.

Tonight (1/13), you can catch Joey on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

No other dates announced at the moment. Listen to "Teach Me," featuring Kiesza, from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ playing album release show at Rough Trade, playing Fallon, collaborated with Kiesza (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Yeezus Sir Paul

As always, there's been some notable news in the hip hop community lately -- like the new N.E.R.D. songs -- and now that the holidays are behind us, we're taking this chance to round up some of the stuff we've missed. Here's some of that news, plus a few upcoming NYC shows...

As you may have heard, on New Year's Day Kanye West and Paul McCartney released a collaborative track called "Only One," which a press release calls "the first publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists" and is sung from the perspective of Kanye's late mother. The idea of Yeezus and Sir Paul on a track together may seem more like it'd happen for the novelty of that collaboration than because they work really well together, but if you haven't listened you should check this song out. It's very good.

Onetime Kanye tour DJ A-Trak (who thinks, despite what you say, that 2014 was one of the best years for rap) reunited Dipset members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana on the single "Dipshits" in 2014, which was followed by a full Dipset set at Wu-Tang's Barclays Center show. Now, the group of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey are preparing to continue that reunion with a mixtape and a five-stop US tour this year. The plans were revealed by Funkmaster Flex on Instagram (via FACT). No tour dates announced yet, but stay tuned.

Cam'ron's sorta-recent Fool's Gold Day Off showmate Danny Brown is also up to something, it's non-musical though. He told Australian radio station Triple J (via FACT) that he's working on a Dr. Seuss-inspird children's book:

"It's really about self-esteem in black girls, I guess", says Brown. "You know how black women do so much - process their hair, change their eye colour - it's really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realises she's just better off the way she is."

Brown started writing the book for his daughter, and claims that he "wants it to be real Dr. Seuss-y. The Grinch, Green Eggs And Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish - what was going on in that guy's brain to be able to write those things? I think I AM Dr. Seuss! I'm The Grinch, I'm all his characters come to life in rap music."

That should be interesting. In less positive news, Danny's fellow "1 Train" rapper Joey Bada$$ was charged with assault after allegedly punching a security guard at Australian music festival Falls Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The guard allegedly told police he thought Joey was an unauthorized person. After the incident went down, the guard was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries, and Joey was arrested after the show. Pitchfork points out a representative for Joey offered an official statement reading "There was a misunderstanding with security at the Byron Falls Festival show, which resulted in charges being laid by NSW Police. After fully cooperating with Police, Joey was granted bail and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge."

Death Grips before they "broke up" (more by Wei Shi)

In rap news that is just kind of weird, Death Grips, who are supposedly broken up, released a new instrumental album called Fashion Week that you can download for free. They also announced that their double album, The Powers That B, will actually come out as a physical release on February 10 via Harvest Records.

Now for some upcoming shows. Father, who we mentioned is opening for Theophilus London on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), is also playing his own show on January 22 at Baby's All Right with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. His album, Young Hot Ebony, made Stereogum's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list, it features iLoveMakonnen and others, and can be streamed below.

Two days earlier than that is the next 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's (1/20) with a lineup of NJ rappers Kazzie, Dougie F., Fetty Wap and KC Bandz. Tickets are on sale now. Dougie F put out the single "Back Up On It" on Mad Decent not long ago. You can watch the video for that, with a Fetty Wap video, below.

For something more classic, Brooklyn vets Smif-n-Wessun are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin', on January 14 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

One last thing, while Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) was by far the consensus hip hop favorite of 2014 (and many critics' favorite of any genre), with duo Freddie Gibbs & Madlib trailing not far behind, it was the duo of Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier, aka PRyme, who topped HipHopDX's list. As discussed, PRhyme's tour hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams and videos below...

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: Kanye & Paul McCartney, Dipset, Smif N Wessun, Danny Brown, Death Grips, Joey Bada$$, more"


Joey Bada$$ has been talking about his official debut album, B4.DA.$$, for a while now, and today more details were revealed. It's set to come out on January 20, and the brand new Statik Selektah-produced single "No. 99" can be streamed, with the LP tracklist, below. Guest spots are due from Action Bronson, Kiesza, BJ the Chicago Kid, Raury and more.

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ reveals more album details & new song "No.99""

by Sean O'Connell


During a week where it seems anyone with a guitar is playing a show, the 7th annual CMJ Takeover brought hip hop heads from across the region to bask in a late-night showcase at Highline Ballroom on Thursday (10/23) featuring a different genre's hottest up-and-comers. In true hip hop fashion, the already late show (billed as 11pm) had trouble getting people into the venue, and festivities only began around 12. An otherwise jovial crowd struggled with the Sandman, and after standing in line upwards of three hours to get into the free show, they were hard to rouse. Still, the host Low Key didn't miss a beat during interludes, handing out anything - including weed and half-drunk beer - to get the crowd involved. The usual roll call of boroughs occurred multiple times throughout the night, and Bobby Shmurda viral hits spun between sets were shown more love by the young crowd than Biggie classics.

As for performances, the majority of the crowd was there to see 19-year-old Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, but that didn't stop the other performers from winning the crowd over. Raz Fresco, another youngblood from Toronto, brought his '90s revival style to the stage, quick-fire rapping over a medley of beats with a lyrical prowess that the crowd certainly appreciated. Sporting an oversized jacket and accompanied by slapping boom bap instrumentals, Raz fit in nicely with the Beast Coast caliber artists that value pure lyricism as he showcased some tracks from his upcoming debut "Pablo Frescobar".

An underwhelming set by Chicago drill rapper SD proved that trap anthems do not translate well to live settings when the crowd doesn't know the lyrics. At one point the ex-GBE rapper even said "I guess New York don't fuck with Chiraq" due to the lackluster response of the already tired crowd. The bass was overpowering on an otherwise crystal clear sound system and the lyrically sparse songs seemed to drag on. The set felt out of place in a lineup of lyrical rappers.

Following was Cozz who was just signed to J Cole's Dreamville label back in May. With his debut Cozz and Effect freshly released, Cozz brought the high energy of a hungry rookie for a short set that was the most refreshing of the night. Even after experiencing technical difficulties with his DJ and slipping up on some lyrics, Cozz remained upbeat, getting the crowd to chant along to "Knock the Hustle", the song that J Cole discovered and later remixed.

Smoke DZA, the self-proclamed "Kushed God" piggybacked Cozz's set with his crowd-friendly smoker anthems that filled the room with smoke within minutes. The towering rapper came out blunt-in-hand and wasted no time tearing through ethereal beats, going off on meandering a capella verses, and saying his catchphrase "Riiiiiiight" about 100 times. It was a communion by shared weed as he threw a lit blunt into the crowd and proclaimed "It's 2 am and I'm high as fuck". Songs of note were his remixes of Schoolboy Q's hit "Hands on the Wheel" and "Hearses", his collab with TDE's Ab-Soul.

It was 3am by the time DJ Statik Selektah took over, immediately putting on the instrumental to Joey Bada$$' "95 til Infinity". Joey and his Pro Era conglomerate had a polished set, with up-and-comers Nyck Caution and CJ Fly each getting their own segment of the show and the burgeoning producer of the crew Kirk Knight joined in for his hard-hitting track "Extortion" with Dyemond Lewis. Nyck Caution hit the crowd with a new track, and overall had the strongest stage presence of the Era. The highlights of the set were Joey's singles from his highly anticipated debut B4.DA.$$. Kirk Knight's gritty production on "Big Dusty" sounded great over the PA, and Joey's Method Man-esque rapping on "Christ Conscious" was theatrical and had the crowd bouncing still at 4am.

Notably absent from the lineup was Vince Staples, who was on the bill and is currently on tour with Joey Bada$$. The B4.DA.$$ tour with Vince Staples, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution comes to NYC's Irving Plaza on November 8 and 11. Tickets for those shows are still available.

A few more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Cozz and more played Highline Ballroom during CMJ (review)"

Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$

As discussed, Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples are on tour together which hits NYC on Nov. 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza (tickets), but they've since added a show happening much sooner. They'll be here this week for the 7th annual CMJ Takeover which happens Thursday (10/23) at Highline Ballroom with Smoke DZA, Cozz, SD, Raz Fresco and DP on the bill too. It's a late show (11 PM doors), and admission is free with RSVP. You also have to follow @FILAUSA on Instagram and RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Updated Joey Bada$$/Vince Staples dates are listed below.

Speaking of hip hop at CMJ, Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd (pronounced Ray-Shrim-er"), who you may know for their Makonnen-ish hit "No Flex Zone," play their first headlining NYC show tonight (10/21) at SOB's with OG Maco and Father. Tickets for the Electric Circus/Rock Smith-presented show are on sale. You can watch the "No Flex Zone" video below.

Another CMJ hip hop show tonight is Dertoit rapper Dej Loaf, who (like Makonnen) was co-signed by Drake. She plays the Noisey/Beats by Dre/Burn It Down Group show at Santos tonight (10/21). It's her NYC debut, and support comes from Key! and Mike Zombie. Tickets are on sale now. The video for "Try Me" can be watched below.

And last but definitely not least, Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry are currently on a co-headlining tour which hits NYC for a CMJ show on Friday (10/24) at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Remy Banks, D.R.A.M., Kevin Abstract and JK the Reaper. Tickets for that show are available.

We also highlighted NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa in our list of local artists to catch at CMJ.

Lists of Deniro/Denzel dates and Joey/Vince dates, and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & Vince Staples add CMJ to tour + Deniro Farrar, Rae Sremmurd, Dej Loaf & more hip hop at CMJ"

Vince Staples

Vince Staples was initially supposed to release his Def Jam debut, the Hell Can Wait EP, back in September but it was pushed back and will now come out next week (10/7). Since we last spoke, Vince also revealed the artwork which you can see above. The EP will have production from No I.D., Infamous and Hagler, and despite previous associations with big names like Odd Future and Black Hippy, the only guests appearing will be Aston Matthews and Teyana Taylor. "I'm not for the features for the sake of features. I want it to really fit and align well with the project," Vince told XXL. If you haven't heard them yet, stream "Hands Up" and "Blue Suede" from the EP, below.

Vince has been added as an opener to several dates on the previously announced Joey Bada$$ tour, including the NYC shows happening on November 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza. Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution will be there too. Tickets for the Irving shows are still available.

Joey also recently put out the video for "Christ Conscious," the second single off his upcoming album B4.DA.$$, which still has no release date. All tour dates are listed, with that video and the Vince Staples streams, below...

Continue reading "Vince Staples reveals more 'Hell Can Wait' details, opening on tour for Joey Bada$$ (who has a new video)"

Joey Bada$$

We just mentioned that Joey Bada$$ will join a lineup of rappers -- Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Jean Grae and Skyzoo & Torae -- performing with New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (8/15) (tickets). It's now been announced that Joey will be going on an extensive international tour this fall which includes two much larger NYC shows, November 8 and 11 at Irving Plaza, which will presumably have him playing longer sets than his one with the Soul Rebels. Tickets for those shows are currently on VIP package presale and go on sale to the general public Friday (8/15) at 10 AM.

As mentioned, Joey's debut album B4.DA.$$ is due out this year. Watch the video for its single "Big Dusty" with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ announces tour, playing 2 nights at Irving Plaza"