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What more can I say, I just love this kid!
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INTERVIEW VIA MTV.COM
‘I’m just stressing myself out trying to do something amazing,’ Joey BadA$$ tells Mixtape Daily of his upcoming debut mixtape 1999.
By Rob Markman (@RobMarkman)
Fire Starter: Joey BadA$$
As a youngster, Brooklyn MC Joey BadA$$ was baffled by Nas’ 1994 classic Illmatic. The iconic album cover featured a childhood photo of the then 20-year-old God’s Son. “I seen him as a kid and I thought he was a kid rapping, I was just confused,” Joey told Mixtape Daily. After all, how can a kid that young deliver such impactful and insightful records like “Life’s a Bitch” and “The World Is Yours”?
Somewhere along the way, Joey’s initial confusion must have led to some sort of inspiration, because at 17 years old, he has already delivered a single that seems to surpass the subject matter of other spitters in his age bracket. The militant-minded “Survival Tactics,” borrows its instrumental from the 1998 Styles of Beyond song of the same name. Joey impressively starts out spitting, “N—as don’t want war, I’ma Martian with an army of Spartans/ Sparring with a knife in a missile fight.”
The track’s gritty video shows Joey and his partner-in-rhyme Capital STEEZ marching from their grimey Brooklyn hood to Wall Street while wearing animal masks and army jackets. On March 21, MTV News featured Joey on the Get in the Game segment of “RapFix Live.” After previewing a portion of the “Survival Tactics” video, members of Odd Future agreed that Joey “can rap,” even if a disruptive Tyler, the Creator downplayed the quality of the visuals. Expecting some pushback from the renegade group, Joey came out of the gate hurling insults at OF producer Left Brain, and Left Brain fired back. The incident was billed as beef on media websites and message boards, but Joey writes it off merely as playful banter. “I felt like that was set up,” Joey told MTV News. “I felt like y’all tried to set us up for beef.”
Still, it has been all love for Joey, who is currently in his junior year at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Joey BadA$$ says that he’s been rapping since the womb and credits his parents’ affinity for hip-hop with shaping his musical tastes. “I was 2 years old and I knew the whole Biggie ‘Hypnotize’ song,” he boasted.
Influenced by the likes of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, Joey began to take rapping seriously as he got older. Now he is the stand-out among his Progressive Era crew, a collective of 18 rappers, producers, graphic designers and studio engineers. The young man’s buzz even caught the attention of Mac Miller, who featured Joey on “America,” a track off of his recently released Macadelic mixtape.
All this and Joey hasn’t even dropped his first mixtape, though he estimates that 1999 will come shortly. The recent attention has him ready to step up. “Now I feel like I gotta give them something greater,” he said. “I’m just stressing myself out trying to do something amazing.”
When I got the call that VH1′s new morning show, “Big Morning Buzz Live”, was interested in having me present a sneaker segment…I was more than floored, I was NERVOUS!
Although, it would be my second television appearance (the first being my debut on ESPN2 where I talked about my Jordan 2 Collaboration and commented on general sports fashion topics) I was very extremely anxious and overwhelmed.
Somehow, I made it through and they actually asked me back! I couldn’t have done it without my friends and team…
Makeup Artist: TAI LOTSON
Stylist: KARL JUSTIN
Stylist Assistant: CELASIA BROWN
Video: LINDSEY TJ HALL
-TANYA (Rocawear) & DARA COOK (VH1) for hooking a sista’ up
-NAOMI YASUDA for doing my nails
-GENEVIEVE JONES for my jew-els santana
-BEVY SMITH for the advice and support
-NIKE, OPENING CEREMONY, DEE & RICKY & GOURMET for the kicks
Big K.R.I.T. “Moon & Stars” (Clams Casino Remix)
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We all gathered at Santos Party House to celebrate the birth of our beloved OSCAR (@OSCAR _1992). The DJ’s played some heavy beats and the mood was nostalgic for Club Kid Days of yesteryear.
Sia – “Clap Your Hands” (Diplo Remix)
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I’m living for these beats and vocals. Nomi Ruiz is amazing! This track makes me want to break out in dance whenever I hear it.
Ah this is a very sweet video, which is more like a short film rather than your basic music video. I love it!
I’m super stoked about a lot of new artists…including 17 year old Joey Bada$$ who hails from Brooklyn. Watch the video and tell me what you thank.
Check out this gorgeous film that my friend Stephane Ashpool from Paris initiated! I love how certain things like basketball are universal despite race, language, religion, sex and age.
*STEPHANE ASHPOOL & VASHTIE (October 2007, Amsterdam – in front of Patta)
Pigalle Paris has set up the ‘AMATEUR BASKETBALL’ project. The aim of which is to support basketball teams having a strong sporting and social background.
For their first initiative Pigalle Paris has chosen their local team Goutte d’Or Basket Ball, from nearby Barbès, to remake their outfits. This team which hasn’t stopped moving up in the rankings now has first class sports equipment as well as a well defined graphic identity.
Stephane Ashpool ( Pain O chokolat / Pigalle ) who initiated the project, has collaborated with the Dutch film maker Paul Geusbroek ( Cake Film ) on a video made in Barbès which documents the unique energy of this multiracial neighbourhood.
For the initial project Pigalle Paris has been powered by Nike Stadium Paris and Nike Bowery New York.
Big Thanks : Team Barbes, Jessica Boukris, Julien Cahn, Heron Preston, Massaer N’diaye, Christopher Isenberg, Piero Preitano, Nicolas Choyé.
Director: Paul Geusebroek
Cinematographer: Menno Mans
Creative Consultant: Stéphane Ashpool
Procuder: Marc Madeleyn @ Cake Amsterdam
Editor: Rigel Kilston
Sounddesign: Niels de Otter @ Audentity (NL)
Coloring: Joppo @ De Grot (NL)
I first stumbled upon this film when I was 14. At that time in my life, I spent every waking moment exploring worlds that were not readily available to me due to geographical, financial and circumstantial reasons. Basically, I didn’t want being broke and living in the hood to box me in. I’d spend hours in magazine stores, record shops, exploring new territories, watching TV and going to the local independent theatre. One night, after watching hours of IFC, “Black Orpheus” made its way on to my television.
I was immediately overwhelmed with emotion. First, I was astounded by the images. Magnificent color matched with exotic locations. I was equally excited to see a film that was a cast of all ranges of brown people. This is also about the same time I got confused. I couldn’t make out the language they were speaking. The people looked familiar to me…maybe they were Dominican or Trinidadian, but none of them were speaking anything familiar or expected like Spanish. Mind you, this was before the internet is what it is now so it took me a long time to learn that they were in Rio De Janeiro and that they were speaking Portugese.
*BLACK ORPHEUS starring BRENO MELLO as ORPHEUS
Directed by French Director Marcel Camus, the film is a take on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Camus’s version sets the story in modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval.
I urge you to watch this film, it’s remarkable and a classic beauty. It definitely helped spark my own directorial dreams as a youngster and I can’t be thankful enough for ever finding it.
Watch this “Trailer” I found on YouTube.Com. It’s super long for a trailer in my opinion, but you should still watch it…
Sookie, sookie now. I can’t wait to share the full video with you guys, as well as the behind the scenes stuff of course.