Joey Bada$$ and Troy Ave have been going at it since last year, in a feud that began over who holds the true Independent Rap King of New York title. The squabble has since devolved, though, with Troy dissing Capital Steez, Joey's friend and groupmate who committed suicide in 2012, earlier this year.
On "Sway in the Morning" on March 29, Joey fired back. He was ready -- eager, actually -- to lyrically go at his foe, and dedicated multiple bars to his fellow Brooklyn native, including: "He took a leap of faith and only brightened his light/ You took a cheap shot of hate and only shortened your life/ The difference between you and him is that he lives forever/ You'll be the first to die that nobody ever remembers/ Because the city never need you ever/You committed career suicide and made New York better."
And just in time for Joey's shots, Troy dropped a video for "Badass."
This back-and-forth doesn't look like it's going anywhere any time soon, but another New York native, Fat Joe, did his best to put it to rest.
“Fat Joe personally reached out to Joey Bada$$, who’s a good friend of mine, and Troy Ave, and tried to broker the peace,” Joe told HipHopDX. “That shit ain’t it, first of all. That’s me being an elder statesmen from New York, I tried to get the two young brothers together. It didn’t work, but I tried.
“I don’t really think there’s no real progressive place for battle rapping and dissin’ a n---a and everybody warring. All you’re doing is fucking up your money. Trust me, I went to war with everybody. I had the biggest battles on the globe -- silently and publicly. It got me nothing. It got me nothing. So all I can tell a young brother like Troy Ave or Joey Bada$$ is exactly that. Look, the rap battle got me nothing. It doesn’t get you nothing. In fact, one of you might lose real bad to where your dream came true and left true. That’s a fact. Somebody can get musically destroyed.”
Until next time, folks.