Joey Bada$$ Gets Gloriously Old School on 'Word Is Bond'

A gritty New York City banger from the Pro Era MC's forthcoming 'Summer Knights' mixtape, out June 12

Joey Badass 'Word Is Bond' Summer Knights Mixtape Tour
From the cover of Joey Bada$$'s "Summer Knights" mixtape
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Chris Martins

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been steadily bringing back Nas-in-'94 raps since he stepped on the scene. The 18-year-old MC hails from the Pro Era posse and has delivered a handful of lyrically knotty streetwise gems and boom-bap throwbacks in the last year, from his Capital Steez collab "Survival Tactics" to the Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA teamup "Underground Airplay." Now, just in time for Hot 97's Summer Jam, the rising star is preparing to share his Summer Knights mixtape, due out June 12. The first taste of the set comes in the form of "Word Is Bond," a Statik Selektah-produced track imbued with pensive piano work, old school turntablism, and classic wordplay (via numerology, references to ball players, and various words that end with "-tron"). Dig into that below and catch Joey on the road, where he eventually catches up with Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky's "Under the Influence of Music" tour.

Joey Bada$$ tour dates:

June 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Roots Picnic
June 2 - New York, NY @ Summer Jam
June 9 - Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival
June 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent $
June 15 - Toronto, ON @ NXNE
June 16 - Toronto, ON @ NXNE
June 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ XXL Freshman (Trocadero)
June 22 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
June 27 - Boston, MA @ XXL Freshman
July 02 - Arendal, Norway @ Festival
July 04 - Du Belfor, FR @ Eurorockness Fest
July 05 - Zurich, SZ @ Touch The Lake Festival
July 06 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
July 14 - Ferropolis, DE @ Splash Festival
July 15 - London, UK @ Wireless Festival
July 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater !
July 18 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !
July 19 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater !
July 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comcast Center !
July 21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta @ Hard Rock !
July 23 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green !
July 25 - Austin, TX @ Tower Amphitheater !
July 26 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion !
July 27 - Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheater !
July 28 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion !
July 30 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater !
July 31 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre !
August 01 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live !
August 02 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center !
August 03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion !
August 04 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !
August 06 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater !
August 07 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre !
August 08 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center !
August 09 - Montreal, QC @ Plaine Des Jeux !
August 10 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater !
August 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend !
August 29 - Fort Punta Christo Pula, CR @ Outlook Festival
August 31 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
September 03 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
September 07 - San Francisco, CA @ Rock The Bells
September 15 - Los Angles, CA @ Rock The Bells
September 29 - New York, NY @ Rock The Bells

$ = w/ Pro Era
! = w/ Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky

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