Today in Hip-Hop History: June 12th, 2012
Joey Badass’ 1999
Today in Hip-hop history marks the four-year anniversary of Joey Bada$$’ entrance into mainstream Hip-hop with 1999. The mixtape features instrumentals that are familiar to rappers who are trying to make a name for themselves with producers like MF Doom and the late J Dilla. The critical acclaim that was received by 1999 propelled Pro Era and their members into fame, like Capital STEEZ, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and producer Chuck Strangers, who made heavy appearances on the 61-minute mixtape.
1999 was heavily praised for its nostalgic presence, mixing the golden age of Hip-hop with the new. Remixing the old and appropriating it for the modern era is a fundamental root in Hip-hop, and to do so and pull off a successful project is worthy of merit. Two singles came with the mixtape, “Survival Tactics” being released February 23rd of the release year and “Waves” on November ninth.
Joey Badass was only a seventeen-year-old raised in Brooklyn when he released 1999 , leading to him being signed by Cinematic Music in 2010. Him and his friends would rise to fame and work with the likes of Mac Miller, Danny Brown, and many other notable names. However, even with signs of all things good coming ahead of them in 2012, it was in December of that year that close friend and fellow Pro Era member Capital STEEZ would kill himself. In fact, to honor his fallen comrade Joey is hosting the second annual Steez Day Hip-hop music festival. Gracing the stage will be fellow East coast collective, the A$AP Mob, along with talents like Danny Brown and Raury.
Listen to Joey Badass’ 1999 below and reminisce on how a modern titan in the rap game came to be. For more on Hip-hop history, new releases, prospected artists, and all things Hip-hop keep reading on at Truetoo.