Joey Bada$$ has delivered on his promise to drop the highly anticipated Narcos track that he’s been teasing for some time now. The Badmon takes “Tuyo,” the song popularized as the opening credits theme for Netflix’s acclaimed series Narcos. It is quite possibly the best theme song flip since Lil Wayne spit bars over The Office’s opening theme, which is saying something. Joey may not be the first to attempt such a feat (see Ace Hood’s “Pressure”), but he certainly is the best to.
Cookin Soul deserves heaps of credit for his efforts on the production. The way he merges the most mesmerizing parts of “Tuyo” over distorted bass and trap hi-hats is inspired. Silky guitar emits a dreamlike haze that enchants the listener and engages throughout the songs duration. Joey’s approach to his verses is spectacular as well. His flow is immensely suave, reminiscent of how a mafioso seduces his many mistresses, lapsing in and out of Spanish. “Front & Center” also completely abandons the theme of struggle that was apparent on “Devastated,” instead giving off the same vibe as the Dos Equis spokesman.
What is perhaps the most promising part of this track, however, is that the Badmon is continuing to experiment with his sound. “Devastated” saw him attempt a hook like he hadn’t before. Now he’s using an unfamiliar, far more laid back flow that one wouldn’t expect from the same guy that rapped “No.99” and “Christ Conscious.” And it’s good too. For such a young talent Bada$$ has developed premier skills that most artists can only dream of. At this point it’s like beating a dead horse when someone writes “Golly, Joey Bada$$ sure has a real bright future ahead of him,” but nothing could be more true.
AABA (meaning still unknown) might drop before the end of the year; it might not. But no matter what it’s going to be loaded with hits. Stream “Front & Center” and make sure you check back here at True Too for all you Joey Bada$$ updates and hip-hop related needs.