Joey Bada$$ & G-Eazy Find Common Ground On A Soulful Statik Selektah Collabo (Audio)
As Q-Tip publicly aired frustrations for A Tribe Called Quest and We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service being omitted from this week’s 2018 Grammy nominations, another artist with possible reason to be upset is Joey Bada$$. This year’s ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ is another heralded Hip-Hop album (and a Top 5 debut) that may have been overlooked—especially with its newfound mainstream-aimed sounds. Joey has not said anything publicly, although his fans have. Instead, the Brooklyn, New Yorker pushes on with music.
After three recent Statik Selektah solo productions, Badmon links up with one of his longtime go-to producers for “Ain’t A Damn Thing Changed.” It’s a fitting title for Joe’s aesthetic. No matter the sounds, the Pro Era front-man is committed to those same messages that made him a mixtape phenom at the top of the decade. Here, he links up with Oakland, California’s G-Eazy, who opens up the song. The platinum BPG/RVG/RCA artist raps about how even with wealth, he’s still the same. Joey does the same—claiming that he’s focused on his art, not distractions. The two artists, from opposite coasts and known for differing styles find common ground on a smooth beat.
Statik scratches some Method Man on the chorus, while Enisa drops some dreamy sung vocals. This belongs to the 1982 co-founder’s 8 album, releasing on December 8 on ShowOff/Duck Down Music. Previously, “But You Don’t Hear Me Tho” (featuring The LOX and James Mtume), “Put Jewels On It” (featuring Run The Jewels), and “No. 8” (featuring Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Termanology) released. One week after Statik’s next LP, G-Eazy will release third LP, The Beautiful & Damned.
The song is co-produced by Cas Weinbren and Utril Rhaburn, as well as Brady Watt. The last is the bassist in DJ Premier’s Badder Band.