After a whirlwind SXSW, Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew kept traveling, touring the US and Canada. We joined them and support acts Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers for the Best Coastal tour’s last leg, hanging out on the trip from Indianapolis to two sold-out finale shows in New York. The way Joey and the Pro Era guys command the stage, seamlessly passing the mic and ad-libbing for each other, you almost forget they’re mostly teenagers. When we met, though, they were playing Marco Polo at the hotel pool. Everyone was sick with something; they had bronchitis or strep or whatever disease you catch when you eat pizza every day and live on an RV with 10 other people. Despite their depressed immune systems, the crew was enamored with life on tour, balancing homesickness—missing their grandmas, bicycles and beds—with their youthful restlessness and thirst for exploration.
Hear from everyone on the tour in our 16-minute documentary, above. For more Pro Era, revisit their 2012 FADER TV interview and cipher.