Show Recap: Joey Bada$$ Tears Up New York City Stage

New York City got a treat last night (June 28) as one of the Big Apple’s fastest rising stars, Joey Bada$$, headlined a concert alongside his Pro Era cohorts at SOB’s.

The concert was a showcase to celebrate the Brooklyn golden child’s new project, 1999. Throughout the tape, the young rhyme slinger demonstrates a wicked flow with strong visualizations over vintage hip-hop sounds. It was no surprise that many came out to see Joey live at this jam-packed affair.

From the jump, Joey hit the ground running with a “Hardknock,” setting the tone for an electrifying show. The NYC native also performed “Snakes,” alongside Pro Era femcee Tnah Apex over the vintage J. Dilla beat. Joey also performed “Killuminati” and “Daily Routine,” a gem produced by in-house producer/rapper Chuck Strangers.

Halfway through the show, Joey brought out his fellow Pro Era member Capital Steez to perform, “Survival Tactics”. The crew set the stage ablaze with ferocious bars and energy, leaving the fans captivated throughout their performance.

Joey showcased his effortless flow throughout, mesmerizing the crowd with bars like, “Cause when niggas starts equipping and throw the clip in/the blood’s dripping/they catch you slipping/another victim catches one through they spinal/just another man whose defeated by survival.”

The energy in the building was at an all time high, when Joey and the crew began to leap into the pit of fans, crowd surfing throughout the rest of the performance of the track.

Joey wrapped up his set by thanking the fans for coming out, but the crowd was too busy chanting for one more track.

The Bk lyricist seemingly on cue began busting out a freestyle. The rest of the Pro Era crew picked up right where Joey left off in what became a 10-minute live cypher, full of clever and witty punch lines. The fire spitter made sure there were no doubters left.—Christian Mordi