Joey Bada$$ spends a little time with SwayÂ and Heather B. to discuss a few topics about the Pro Era crew, and his 90s-influenced rap style.
This has been a very eventful week for the kid from Brooklyn. The PEEP: The aPROcalypse was recently released, he also recentlyÂ got his own DJ Premier beat, and celebrated his 18th birthday last week.
Joey citedÂ the importance andÂ structure of his Pro Era crew, explaining that it’s not all about hip hop. â€œIt consists of fashion designers, graphic designers, and just all around thinkersâ€, said Joey, but insisted that not just anyone is accepted as a member. â€œEverybody is most definitely not welcomeâ€, Joey set the record straight, â€œWe real strict and we real tight.” The Brooklyn MC gave some insight into how an audition for the team works. “They start chillin’ around with the crew, and someone will just take up a specific line of duty.” he said. Once initiated though, the crew members are fairly tight-knit, as joey explained, “It’s a brotherhood. It’s all about the relationship, the bond.”
The manner in which he connected with DJ Premier is very interesting. He explains it this way, â€œI did a one off single with mountain dew and they linked that up for meâ€. Joey, whose sound is very indebted to boom-bap beatmakers like Premier was very excited about the collab, calling it â€œÂ a dream come trueâ€.
On his 90s demeanor, Joey was insistent that he is just doing him. â€œI’m a 90s baby. That’s how i look at itâ€ said Joey. “That’s never what i try to do”, JoeyÂ said of his seemingly referential flows. He concluded.Â “When IÂ rap, that’s just what IÂ give off, it could be a subconscious thing, but that’s just me right there.”