It has been over five years since Joey Bada$$ released his last studio album ALL-AMERIKKAN BADA$$. However, the wait for Badmon fans will not last much longer.
On May 11, Joey Bada$$ took to social media to announce that his upcoming album 2000 will drop on June 17. The teaser video attached to the announcement shows him hanging around a skatepark likely in his hometown New York City, as a snippet of an unreleased song hears him rap “Back on the set like I never left, I’m takin’ steps to be the best ’til they lay me to rest.”
On top of the album announcement, Joey also revealed that he is going on tour for the LP, kicking things off in Boston on July 1. Tickets are available on Joey’s website here.
The title 2000 alludes to the album being a sequel to his debut mixtape 1999, widely renowned as a classic among the greatest projects the 2010s decade had to offer. While there has yet to be an announcement of a tracklist or cover art, the project is presumed to include both of his 2022 promotional singles “THE REV3NGE” and “Head High.”
Back in December, Joey caught up with OGM host Hakeem Rowe backstage at Day N Vegas festival. Alongside Denzel Curry, the Melt My Eyez emcee made a guarantee to hip-hop fans that he and Joey were about to take over. “I’m gonna let y’all know right now, we gon’ have the best albums of 2022,” he proclaimed.
Denzel has since held up his end of the bargain, releasing his jaw-dropping studio album Melt My Eyez See Your Future on March 25. Now, all eyes are on Joey Bada$$ to deliver a stellar project next month.
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Joey Bada$$ just wants to drop already
On May 4, XXL published an interview with Joey Bada$$ that took place in February. In the interview, he discusses his blossoming acting career, considering he has flourished in recent roles for the short film Two Distant Strangers and hit drama show Power, as well as his upcoming album and its recent promotional singles.
When speaking on his latest single “Head High” from March 3, which touches on his close friendship with XXXTENTACION that was cut short, he emphasized how much he cherished the track.
“This is one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever recorded,” he said. “This is an essential, one of the greatest, most mature, heartfelt records that I’ve ever written… nobody is putting shit out like this right now.”
In the interview with XXL, he seemed more than excited to kick off this new 2000 era, knowing his fans have waited a long time for this moment. “I’m just ready for it to come out,” he said. “I know the world needs new Joey music. Sh*t, Joey wants to give the world new music.”
While he did not divulge any features that would land on the album, he did confirm an elite group of producers he recruited to help curate the sound of the project. Along with his beloved Statik Selektah, who produced “Head High,” Joey said hitmakers like Kirk Knight, Cardo, Mike WiLL Made-It and DJ Premier will provide beats for the album.
Joey is well aware that his inconsistent presence in hip-hop since his last studio album has hurt his relationship with his fanbase, and he hopes that this project will help reconcile that.
“I see that and this is my response,” he said. “This whole year, what I’m about to do and how I’m about to roll this music out.”
After waiting half a decade for a full length project from Joey Bada$$, it seems that his excitement and focus at the moment shows that this album will be worth the wait.