Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs Carry On With An AZ Scratch-Chorus For Statik Selektah’s New Single (Audio)

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“Carrying on tradition” is an appropriate way of describing both Joey Bada$$ and Freddie Gibbs. Each MC is a bit out of step with their peers, far more interested in preserving the brands of Hip-Hop they grew up listening to.

For the Pro Era MC, this includes the free-form linguistics out of the mid-’90s East Coast such as Boot Camp Clik, Jeru The Damaja, and The Artifacts. For Gibbs, who calls himself the “The Joseph Jackson of gangsta rappin’,” this means the Gary, Indiana native honors the code of raps from guys like Scarface, B-Legit, and Spice-1—street MCs who still took/take pride in their craft.

Statik Selektah cuts back and forth AZ’s famous line on traditions, while each MC comes in, explaining their role and purpose in the current Rap game. This is the first look from Selektah’s latest batch of songs, What Goes Around, which is due August 19 on ShowOff/Duck Down.

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