Joey Bada$$ Talks ‘Summer Knights’ Mixtape And His Next Steps

On the tape’s title and cover art:

The title. Where did that name come from?
For my first tape that I put out, called 1999, the first track is called “Summer Knights Intro.” That whole thing was about just the time I was puttin’ it out. The date June 12th is a significant date ‘cause it was the date I finished school. It’s like, that ideal day. You know, summer is coming and things like that, just the feeling and the essence of summer. And it’s just my favorite time of the year.

Is that why like the cover art is like that?
Yeah, exactly. All those summer nights, that we spent the night. . . summer is a really important piece to Pro Era because after we first established Pro Era in the winter, that one summer after that, we made a lot of plans, a lot of moving, a lot of plots. And the cover art of Summer Knights, that’s just Prospect Park in Brooklyn, that’s where we was at most of our time just playin, plottin, hanging out, just being kids. . . But I don’t want people to think it’s just a seasonal album, ‘cause it’s not. You could bump it any time of the year. I made these tracks all year ’round. But just the way it’s coming together, its just gonna be like that. It’s almost like a blooming, that’s what this tape feels like to me. So, Summer Knights.