CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 19

Brooklyn's Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era poised to assume Odd Future's spot as best young rap crew

Brooklyn's Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era poised to assume Odd Future's spot as best young rap crew

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Courtesy of SXSW.com

Name: Joey Bada$$

Featured track: "Waves" from 1999 [Parental Discretion advised]

Country/City of origin: Brooklyn, New York

Genre: Rap

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