Joey Bada$$ has been making waves ever since 2012, when he first dropped the video for his breakout track “Survival Tactics.” Now, after a couple of mixtapes and a few tours, the Brooklyn teen is working hard toward the release of his proper debut: B4.Da.$$.
“I’ll say I’m like 60 percent done, 70 percent; somewhere around there,” Joey said on Wednesday’s episode of “RapFix Live” where he appeared with several members of his Pro Era crew. “I definitely got my full concept together. I got my lead joints, I got basically my whole method down and how I’m gonna put forth. It’s coming really soon, it’s coming really soon.”
Pro Era has a few projects in the works. Aside from Joey’s album, the Brooklyn collective is looking to drop their The Secc$ Tap.e 2 in February as well as solo projects from group members like Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution and Chuck Strangers somewhere down the line. The Pros are also working to release a posthumous LP from their fallen friend Capital STEEZ .
STEEZ was a pillar in the Pro Era crew who attracted fans with his complex word play and politically rebellious subject matter. His AmeriKKKan Korruption and AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded projects are standouts in the Pro Era catalog. STEEZ sadly took his own life in December 2012 when he jumped off a Manhattan building, but Joey and the Pros are proudly collecting the songs he left behind to build an album they’re titling King Capital. In order to get the release right, Joey says Pro Era needs some time to grow.
“The thing is with that, it’s so great, it’s so classic, we just feel like we need to do more with it. We can’t just like drop it as a mixtape, it deserves way more than that,” Joey said. “Even as a collective, we still feel like it’s a place we gotta get, so we can feel like we can just drop that one for the world and the world will be ready for it. Right now I’ll tell you, Sway, the world ain’t ready for that.”