Oooooo, the beat here in 'No. 99' is glorious. A downpour of angry cymbals over frenetic snare hits and pumping kicks. Produced by Statik Selektah, it's the latest single from Joey Bada$$. His virtuosic flow is unpredictable, almost volatile (and if it were it'd be endearing), chock-a-block with lilting rhymes, fitting the retro feel of the production; the track begins and ends with beautiful vinyl crackles, as well as featuring throughout actual scratching and chanting, held up with that insane beat and smart-squiffy jazz-ish bassline.

It's taken from his forthcoming album, B4.DA.$$, which will be available 20th January on Cinematic Music Group / Pro Era. Pre-order it here. Listen to 'No. 99' below and also check out the album's tracklist below that.

Yesterday Joey Bada$$ had to cancel his European tour because his cousin and fellow Pro Era member Junior B sadly passed away. Here's the tweet that mentioned it.

Discovery: Stream Swellthy's beat tape Share The Swellth Vol. 2.

  • B4.DA.$$ tracklist:
  • 1. Save The Children (prod by Statik Selektah)
  • 2. Greenbax Introlude (prod by Lee Bannon)
  • 3. Paper Trail$ (prod. by Dj Premier)
  • 4. Piece of Mind (prod by Freddie Joachim)
  • 5. Big Dusty (prod by Kirk Knight)
  • 6. Hazeus View (prod. by Kirk Knight)
  • 7. Like Me feat. BJ The Chicago Kid (prod. by J Dilla & The Roots)
  • 8. Belly of the Beast feat. Chronixx (prod by Hit Boy)
  • 9. No. 99 (prod. by Statik Selektah)
  • 10. Christ Conscious (prod. by Basquiat)
  • 11. On and On feat. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis (prod by Freddie Joachim)
  • 12. Escape 120 feat. Raury (prod. by Chuck Strangers)
  • 13. Black Beetles (prod by Chuck Strangers)
  • 14. O.C.B. (prod. by Sam I AM w/ instrumentation by The Soul Rebels)
  • 15. Curry Chicken (prod. by Statik Selektah)
  • 16. BONUS: Run Up On feat. Action Bronson & Elle Varner (prod. by Statik Selektah)
  • 17. BONUS: Teach Me feat. Kiesza (prod by ASTR & Chuck Strangers)