The young Nas comparisons are going to come quick and fast for 17-year-old Joey Bada$$, and that's alright. The kid is 17! So young. He's got some time to wear his influences on his sleeve. What's important here is that he's got more than enough energy. It's not like we're expecting the entire rap industry to hop in a giant time machine back into the early ’90s when all you needed was a good style and a beat with a clever sample—but...kinda? Sometimes that is all you need. It remains to be seen whether Joey Bada$$ will be able to spread this kind of energy across an entire mixtape, but it would be cool if he did. Also, shout out to Capital Steez for his multi-faceted verse, which tackles science, Lil B, and his personal outrage about Comicon only just recently recognizing Pokemon.
February 27, 2012