Mixing 70s and 80s blue-eyed soul, Stockholm, Sweden’s Californiaman strays off-topic at just the right times. Look out for interjections from Kendrick Lamar, Donny Hathaway, D’Angelo, and surprise – the Chicago Bulls starting lineup theme (“Sirius” by The Alan Parsons Project)? Yup, you read that right.
Like fellow Brooklynites A Tribe Called Quest, @joeyBADASS_ rhymes over jazzy beats yet from a much darker perspective. The “1999” mixtape is classic hip-hop, with production by J. Dilla, MF Doom, and others, and samples of everything from Tupac to LL Cool J’s “Doin it.” Listen closely and you can even hear Pinky and the Brain on “World Domination.”
He might be only 17, but he’s got the wise mind of a 30-year old. New York has the Knicks. Brooklyn has the Nets. Uptown has A$AP Rocky, and now Brooklyn has Joey Badass. Next up? For sure.