In an exclusive interview with MTV, Joey Bada$$ met with Brooklyn hip-hop legend, Buckshot, to discuss the history and future of Brooklyn hip-hop in Coney Island this week. Buckshot, a founding member of Brooklyn’s celebrated hip-hop group, Black Moon, told the upstart teenaged rapper that he felt that his burgeoning Pro Era movement was part of a “new golden age” for Brooklyn hip-hop.
“Officially, from my heart to yours, when it comes to right now, you are that nigga.” Buckshot said as he complimented Bada$$. “Y’all are the new Golden Age. Thanks to y’all, the age has survived. Thanks to y’all.”
While Buckshot was complimentary of Bada$$ for keeping the same Brooklyn spirit alive that artists such as Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and Black Moon had lived, the Boot Camp Clik general weighed in on hip-hop’s topic du jour, Kendrick Lamar and his controversial claim to being “King Of New York.”
“There was a point when people were saying Hip Hop ain’t the same. Hip Hop is dead. Hip Hop is this. Hip Hop is that. Now? All respect due to Kendrick Lamar, King of the West Coast, King of New York, whatever is the stuff that’s going on right now. I love the competition, but Kendrick Lamar go against the Beast Coast? Whoo. I’m just an OG here, loving the fact that I retired that level of it and now you have to deal with a brother like Joey, which is a .45 magnum with a knife at the tip and a shotgun at the end.”
You can watch the full interview above.