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Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T., and Smoke DZA Resurrect Boom-Bap With ‘Underground Airplay’

'90s throwback rap delivered from subterranean depths

picture-18276-1372868632By: Chris Martins // February 7, 2013

Brooklyn youngster Joey Bada$$ may have one of the most terrible names in rap, and there was that unfortunate bout of beef between him and Lil B, but his on-mike might is an undeniable thing. That’s why it should come as no surprise that a proven whip-smart ripper like Big K.R.I.T. and a stoned-cool character like Smoke DZA would guest on one of the New York up-and-comer’s tracks — “Underground Airplay,” to be exact, a moody boaster that dwells in the subterranean sounds of vintage boom-bap. The black and white video that accompanies the track (which hails from the Ecko Unlimited mixtape series of the same name) is a perfect fit, placing the trio of spitters in a gritty subway station armed with spray cans, blow torches, and hoodies. Coodie and Chike direct, adding Joey to their impressive list of clients who’ve stood the test of time: Mos Def, Kanye West, and Erykah Badu among others. Enjoy it above.