Trap Wiz came through @WinWithinSangha 2 nights ago to celebrate #28gramsmixtape w/ @HamOnEverything! Real Walk. @WizKhalifa #memorialdayweekend

Trap Wiz came through @WinWithinSangha 2 nights ago to celebrate #28gramsmixtape w/ @HamOnEverything! Real Walk. @WizKhalifa #memorialdayweekend

Look who passed through @WinWithinSangha last night. Wiz Khalifa wished @HamOnEverything a Happy Birthday! He spit too! 28 Grams drops soon! #28Grams #HAMonEverything #FindtheDuck #TaylorGang #WinWithin #WizKhalifa

Thanks to Venice Duck Brew for helping @WinWithinSangha Flower Full Moon Spectacular. Come join us TONIGHT! #FindtheDuck #WinWithinSangha #music #art #holistic #health #LosAngeles #community #Kings #Ducks

Thanks to Venice Duck Brew for helping @WinWithinSangha Flower Full Moon Spectacular. Come join us TONIGHT! #FindtheDuck #WinWithinSangha #music #art #holistic #health #LosAngeles #community #Kings #Ducks

Tomorrow night! Win Within Sangha.. Come join the get together. Art, DJs/Music, Discussion AND FREE CHIPOTLE! #WinWithin #Sangha #Chipotle #music #LosAngeles #HipHop #healing #holistic #community

Tomorrow night! Win Within Sangha.. Come join the get together. Art, DJs/Music, Discussion AND FREE CHIPOTLE! #WinWithin #Sangha #Chipotle #music #LosAngeles #HipHop #healing #holistic #community

Took some good notes at the “Memories” #film shoot, with #Becktoria @jnrooster @scene_n_heard and others. Great weekend. Now, to work. #festival #movies

Took some good notes at the “Memories” #film shoot, with #Becktoria @jnrooster @scene_n_heard and others. Great weekend. Now, to work. #festival #movies

@EdwardSharpe @ESharpeBigTop is going all “For The Benefit of Mr. Kite on us! Love it! #Beatles #circus #indie #edwardsharpe

Ramblin’ Stan: What Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse means to hip-hop (and why Drizzy has to respond) (by SceneandHeardnow)

My Morning Jacket madness. Get some! #coachella #bonnaroo #rockandroll #MyMorningJacket #JimJames #IndieRock

My Morning Jacket madness. Get some! #coachella #bonnaroo #rockandroll #MyMorningJacket #JimJames #IndieRock

Joey Bada$$ - Summer Knights (not so much a review as it is a general thought)

In the ‘hash-tag rap’ and ‘drill’ era, invoking the names of artist’s such as Black Sheep and D.I.T.C would probably get you a weird look and a shoulder shrug. Fortunately, however, hip-hop’s product mix has been diversified, and has recaptured an essence that has largely been missing since the turn of the decade, thanks to a young fella from Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, Joey Bada$$, who is returning with his new mixtape, the long-awaited Summer Knights.

His buzz has grown over the past couple of years, largely due to his 1999mixtape, his feature on A$AP Rocky’s posse cut from LONGLIVEA$AP, “1 Train,” and his verse on a BET Hip Hop Awards cypher in 2012. He stands out from many of today’s popular emcees, because his music feels like a mid-90s golden age renaissance.

Truthfully, his brand of hip hop can fit into any era. As he says on “Sweet Dreams,” he is ‘stuck in the 90s,’ in terms of favoring the boom-bap beats and paying great attention to detail, flow-wise. However, he and his Pro Era crew are self-proclaimed ‘ordinary people but extraordinary poets’ (from “Right on Time”). This contrasts heavily from the exaggerated lifestyles and larger-than-life personas that are so pervasive in rap music. His music is a breath of fresh air, and oh yeah, he’s a huge fan of underground legend MF DOOM.

On this new effort, he tackles the heavy issue of his friend and Pro Era cohort Capital Steez’s suicide on “#LongLiveSteelo.” This entire mixtape is a mellow, pleasant listen with solid beats and lyrical patterns beyond the kid’s years, invoking the nostaljah of vintage Nas, AZ, Smif-n-Wessun, and the Bush Babees (also Flatbush natives) Gravity album.

 

Joey Bada$$ returns with his follow up to 1999, Summer Knights. Its dope that he is sticking to where is heart is, musically, even of he is ‘stuck in the 90s,’ instead of caving in to the demands of this rap era. Grade A emcee, at such a young age too. #hiphop #SummerKnights #ProEra New Music #nowplaying #BetAwards #bonnaroo #coachella

Joey Bada$$ returns with his follow up to 1999, Summer Knights. Its dope that he is sticking to where is heart is, musically, even of he is ‘stuck in the 90s,’ instead of caving in to the demands of this rap era. Grade A emcee, at such a young age too. #hiphop #SummerKnights #ProEra New Music #nowplaying #BetAwards #bonnaroo #coachella