For his 20th birthday, Joey Bada$$ threw a party to celebrate the release of his first album “B4DA$$”. Brooklyn rapper performed for a hometown crowd in packed into a Williamsburg club late Tuesday night. Bada$$ has been in the news recently after a Pro Era t-shirt rocking Malia Obama had a selfie leaked earlier this month.
Joey Bada$$ B-Day/ B$DA$$ Release Party
The event was hosted by Peter Rosenberg, and featured a set from Funk Master Flex, fresh off of his feud with Jay-Z. Flex dressed the the on going drama saying “you better use all lowercase letters when you text me” Rosenberg added that rumors of Jay-Z purchasing Hot 97 was false.
The “95 to Infinity” MC took the stage as Statik Selektah played “Juicy” while noting saying the lyrics were particularly relevant to Joey’s journey. This was immediately followed by chants of “Joey” from the audience.
Wasting no time, BadA$$ jumped straight into the first song on his album “Save the Children”. After the song Joey took a moment to acknowledge that he has the #1 album on iTunes, and that he was able to to do this without major radio play, and as an independent. As the set went on, The ProEra Crew, Raury and Lil Mama all came on stage at various times. Kiesza later came out to help Joey perform their track “Teach Me” The crowd sang happy birthday after his last song which he dedicated to Steez and A$AP Yams.
Backstage Joey and guests celebrated eating custom birthday cake taking photos. Friends and family also exchanged gifts with the birthday boy, among them was as personalized guitar from Raury.
The album comes after much anticipation, two and a half years after Joey’s debut mixtape “1999”. In that time the Brooklyn Native has been on several world tours, and released a mixtape entitled Summer Knights.