Joey Badass / 1999 {ep/mix}

1999 (download)

Info: Significance of naming mixtape after the year 1999?: "You know how they refer to the 90s as the golden age of hip hop? Well really, the concept behind it is referring to the last year of the golden age. It’s like a last hope kind of thing."

A traditionalist?: "This is just the music I like to make. It’s not even to say I don’t like what’s going on in hip hop right now. I do like a couple things, like A$AP [Rocky]. So, I wouldn’t really say a traditionalist, since those guys tend to bash all the other music."


Any producers on 1999?: "Most of the shit on 1999 right now is not really original. I found producers on Youtube like Madlib, Premier, Pete Rock."

Where’s your head these days?: "My mentality overall, I would say, based on people’s reactions is mature. But, that’s just the way I make my music. That’s just the way it comes out. I’m living life. I look everyday as an opportunity to get experience points up, like some Call Of Duty type shit. At end of the day, I’m growing up. I’m still young and life really hasn’t started for me yet. I take my time when I make my music because there’s not really much to talk about as far as life goes. I don’t really know anything about that."


East coast Odd Future?: "I mean from the jump, I mean, firstly I like Odd Future. But, we’re not them. We’re Pro.Era. We don’t even look at it like that. I respect their whole shit. We’re us. They’re them. Yeah, I skate from time to time. I used to skate more when I was younger, but I don’t really trick and shit. I use my board to get me from point A to point B."

Music over higher education post-graduation?: "Honestly, I don’t really want to do it because I think the system is fucked up. I feel like college isn’t for me. There’s practice courses in college that you have to pay for that give you no credit just to pay for another course that will give you the credit; just paying for education sounds dumb to me. That shit is retarded. I feel like it’s a waste of time and money. There’s other ways to educate yourself other than college. I don’t mean to sound ignorant, but we have Google [laughs]. Anything you can find in them textbooks, you can find on Google. Anything."

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