Name: Joey Bada$$
Featured track: "Waves" from 1999 [Parental Discretion advised]
Country/City of origin: Brooklyn, New York
In one sentence: "Combining classic-sounding tracks — some of which were produced by underground legends MF Doom andLord Finesse — with sick lyrical flows, Bada$$ is clearly influenced by the leaders of the old school — even though he's still a youngster." - Complex
Why we chose them: Joey Bada$$ and his crew, Pro Era, are poised to be the next big young rappers. Making music with less "pomp and bombast" than contemporaries like Odd Future, Joey Bada$$'s tracks harken back to a time when he was... born. At 18-years-old, "Joey Bada$$ is doing his best to further that period's legacy of boom-bap production as an authenticator and advanced-level lyricism as a meal ticket."
Official SXSW showcase: March 15 at Lucille; March 14 at The North Door