Joey Bada$$ Freestyles a Potent Call for Revolution (Video)

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Less than a month after annihilating the infamous “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle exercise while visiting “Sway in the Morning,” Brooklyn, New York’s Joey Bada$$ has destroyed yet another early-morning radio show. This time around, he’s in Los Angeles where he brought his distinctly East Coast sensibilities to the mic for five minutes of freestyle action atop tracks by Westside Connection, Dr. Dre, and Kurupt. Power 106FM’s “The Cruz Show” challenged the Pro Era member to get busy over “Bow Down,” “Deep Cover,” and “Callin’ Out Names,” and the 21-year-old proved that no matter the region, his lyrical abilities are unfazed.

The first serving of breakfast bars serves as a nice warm-up for the young spitter, but it’s in Round 2 that he really begins to wreck shop. As Dre’s production begins to emanate from the speakers, he raps about Muhammad Ali (including in Arabic) before calling out for all of those looking to overturn the status quo. “If you ’bout this revolution, please stand up, we ain’t got no one to trust/Time is runnin’ out, feel the burn in in my gut/And if you got the guts, scream ‘fuck Donald Trump!'” He switches up the flow to end the session, and by the time it’s all over, he seems to suggest there’s something new on the horizon. “Make sure y’all stay mothafuckin’ tuned. It’s going to be a lot of crazy and great things happenin’ this year, man.”

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