Joey Bada$$ freestyles over Tupac beats

Happy birthday to the late Tupac as Joey Bada$$ is amongst those in hip hop paying tribute with his stop on the Cruz show at Power in L.A. He ripped through a series of classic Tupac beats starting with “I Get Around” and kicked a smooth flow for all of them. I don’t think “Hail Mary” should have been included in the freestyle run, but that doesn’t detract too much from the overall 6 minutes. Watch up above.

Joey Bada$$ f/ BJ The Chicago Kid “Like Me”

I gotta say right off the bat this is one of the best videos I’ve seen this year.

It comes courtesy of Joey Bada$$ with the help of BJ The Chicago Kid and the one and only J Dilla on the production for this standout from B4.Da.$$ — “Like Me”.

The video is a dramatic storyline starting with Joey spotting a couple, befriending the mistreated woman, and then it escalating from there. I’ll leave it at that because you should really watch it for the proper first impression. I will say that I dig the respect shown at the very end and the events just before just flat out drive home the message on another level. I said last week that a video that takes a song to another level is rare nowadays so I’m happy to see that so definitively here.

*Tibs Fav.