LIVE: Joey Bada$$ @ The 100 Club, Oxford Street
Brooklyn In The House
The mainstream retail streets of Oxford Circus felt like New York last night. Young Brooklynite MC Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew put on a night to remember at the 100 Club – a legendary location known for British modern music since its opening in 1942. Drawing in a typically mixed crowd, the intimate venue filled to capacity before Joey even blessed the mic.
Just as the restless crowd was on their last breath of patience, legendary DJ/producer Statik Selektah stepped to the stage. Immediately drawing all eyes on him, he started shouting “JOEY JOEY JOEY!!!”. The mosh-pitting crowd chanted back without hesitation – so loud they could surely be heard from the streets above.
Before you knew it a hyped up Joey rushed the stage sporting his trademarked nappy-afro wrapped in a red marijuana leaf printed bandana. The rapper went straight into ‘Alowha’ – track 1 of his mixtape 'Summer Knights' which was only released in July. The diehard crowd spat the lyrics word for word as if they had helped him write the rhymes and deserved publishing royalties.
After performing a few more of his bangers such as ‘95 till Infinity’, ‘Waves’ and ‘Hardknock’, the club bouncers came on stage and handed out bottles of water to a room which resembled a sauna. Bada$$ took this opportunity to pay his respects to the late great The Notorious B.I.G. and Capital Steez –his fellow “Pro” and former classmate who passed away last December due to self-infliction [#LONGLIVESTEELO]. Joey gave a massive shout out to our very own DJ Semtex who was in the building – crowning Semtex responsible for his first show in the UK back in November.
Interval now over, the vibes quickly livened up again as we welcomed a boisterous Kirk Knight to the stage. Oozing with confidence he demanded an extra mic and began entertaining the crowd with a snippet of his soon-to-be-released single. The pair then tagged teamed the stage and ended the show with the hard-hitting anthem ‘Survival Tactics’ which Bada$$ ironically entered the rap game with back in February 2012 during his summer holiday when he was only 17.
Tonight Mr. Bada$$ definitely proved any doubters that he’s one of the best lyricists in the game and deserved that place on the 2013 XXL Freshman List.
By @salmurrills and @_aaronBC