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Joey Bada$$- 1999

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Download: Joey Bada$$- 1999 New York rapper Joey Bada$$ drops a pretty telling line at the start of his new mixtape, 1999:

"It's been a minute since they seen a style with no gimmicks."

A no BS approach has pretty much been what's been so appealing about this 17-year-old since he and his posse called Pro Era have been getting some attention on the blog-o-sphere. While I'm sure some will come around and call this kid's style old hat, I personally fail to see what's so dated about raw lyricism, mature storytelling, and a great flow.

The production on here, for the most part, is lifted from some pretty familiar places, which has its positives and negatives. Instrumentals from MF DOOM, J Dilla, Statik Selektah, and Freddie Joachim are all over this thing. Still, Joey is charismatic enough to bring his own flavor on some of these beats, for sure.

Download this 1999 tape via the link above, and check the cover art below: