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Joey Bada$$ - 1999
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Based on 5 reviews
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Based on 362 ratings
2012 Ratings: #41
June 12, 2012 / Release Date
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Self-Released / Label
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Joey Bada$$, however, is doing his best to further the period's legacy of boom-bap production as an authenticator and advanced-level lyricism as a meal ticket.

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By so loyally remaining within his influences’ style, Bada$$ both manages to both capture a surprising amount of that energy and lose a bit of substance.

Best mixtape of the decade

Fuckin fight me d00ds
Penned by Joey when he was 17, 1999 brings back an hip-hop style that had been forgotten and abbandoned time ago.
The jazz retro vibe is incrediby glamour and Joey captures the 90's essence rapping on boom-bap beats depicting very well how is living in Brooklyn. The production sounds great and Doom, Statik Selektah, Dilla and Chuck Strangers contribution to the tape was phenomenal and fondamental.
A contemporary rapper that raps in a old school way is an interesting trademark but not enough ... read more
One of the most underrated rappers right now and this mixtape might still just be his defining body of work. 1999 is a love letter to old school boom bap east coast rap. Joeys production is grimey and absolutely kills it. Every track on here feels like a classic hip hop golden era track. Joey's flows, writing and features are also firing on all cylinders here. The only problem really to be found here is how heavily Joey is wearing his influences on his sleeves and fails to bring much new to the ... read more
1999 is essentially an impressive reincarnation of Golden Age east coast hip-hop, and is made even more impressive by the fact that Joey was 16-17 years old when this was recorded. At such a young age, Joey showed just a glimpse of his artistic potential, and his absolutely top-notch lyricism undoubtedly propelled himself to the top-tier of hip-hop lyricists.

Favorite songs: "Waves," "Survival Tactics," "Killuminati"
Least favorite songs: "Pennyroyal"
A project that I’m unsure Joey can top. This is definitely a album comparable to Illmatic. Fresh. Hungry. And strong debut. A statement if you wanna call it that. The energy and lyrical content Joey brings is amazing and the fact that he made this all at a young age makes it so interesting and even more better. A handful of tracks with replay value and a top 3 mixtape of all time
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Track List

  1. Summer Knights 
  2. Waves 
  3. FromdaTomb$ (Feat. Chuck Strangers) 
  4. Survival Tactics (Feat. Capital STEEZ) 
  5. Killuminati (Feat. Capital STEEZ) 
  6. Hardknock (Feat. CJ Fly) 
  7. World Domination 
  8. Pennyroyal 
  9. Funky Ho'$ 
  10. Daily Routine 
  11. Snakes (Feat. T'nah Apex) 
  12. Don't Front (Feat. CJ Fly) 
  13. Righteous Minds 
  14. Where It'$ At (Feat. Kirk Knight)
  15. Suspect (Feat. PRO ERA (Capital STEEZ, CJ Fly, Chuck Strangers, Dyemond Lewis, NYCk Caution, Kirk Knight, Rokamouth, T'nah Apex & Dessy Hinds)
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