Joey Bada$$ Has An Updated Sound, But He’s Still A Beast (Video)
Beast Coast united back in May to put out their debut effort as a collective with Escape From New York. One of the standout songs from the Columbia/Sony Records album was “Distance,” and now, it’s getting the visual treatment. Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers come together for the black-and-white visual, which matches perfectly for the nostalgic instrumentals.
The song features verses from Joey Bada$$, Erick Arc Elliott and Issa Gold and is a perfect example of how well the three groups meld with each other, something they’ve been doing ever since breaking into the Rap game in 2012. The video ends with a brief clip for the track “Bones” and takes on an even more aggressive aura.
“Unlocked my chains and I’m feelin’ so free / I tried to tell ’em, I been a O.G. / Tell me what they really know about me / I don’t think they really know anything / Now you done f*cked up, you woke up the beast / Everywhere I go, we 47 deep / We gon’ run down and they forced to retreat / Every last one of my ni**as gon’ eat,” professes Joey. On the acting front, he will portray Inspectah Deck in the upcoming Wu-Tang: An American Saga, premiering on Hulu in September. Last week, a trailer released.
Around the time of their LP release, Beast Coast also revealed their love for Hip Hop’s yesteryear by enlisting former Rap City host Big Tigger to present “Basement Cypher,” a video of members of the collective spitting bars as if there was no end. They flowed over classic genre instrumentals like Black Star’s “Respiration” and Mobb Deep’s “The Realest.”
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Escape From New York released on May 24.