Review: Joey Bada$$ @ Motion

On October 21st, Bristol’s most celebrated underground music venue opened it’s doors to one of American hip-hop’s freshest and most exciting exports, Joey Bada$$.

As the crowd grew more and more impatient, chanting “Joey, Joey, Joey” to lure the Brooklyn rapper on stage, a hype DJ kept what little of the audience he could at bay, blasting a succession of new and old hip-hop bangers.

At last the 22 year old came on stage, booting off the show with songs from his latest album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, he instantly radiated an air of swagger, wearing the bade$$t of outfits, he had his Bristol audience won over in seconds. 

Given I can hardly say I’ve spent hours scouring the Joey Bada$$ deep cuts, only really being familiar with his most recent album, the next thing that jumped out at me was the number of people who clearly had spent those hours in his lesser known work, knowing every word to every song. Having said that, even the most unlearned Bada$$ fan could enjoy the same sense of unity and excitement as everybody else in the crowd, with contagiously funky beats laying down the basis for lyrically impassioned bars. Like the seasoned professional he is, Mr. Bada$$ effortlessly exhibited his cool.

Although I knew I was going to be seeing a show to remember, given his Motion date was the first in a succession of UK and European shows, I didn’t expect to see a fanbase with such a high level of adoration. Introduced by a heart felt tribute to former Pro Era member and close friend, Capital STEEZ, the performance came to a sentimental end. 

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