Label: Cinematic Music Group, Pro Era

Is New York back yet? With his upcoming debut album, Joey Bada$$ is out to prove that the answer is a definitive “yes.” The Brooklyn native has earned great praise over the last couple years for his rhyming, his ear for beats, and the general boom-bap rap aura of his music—without feeling outdated. He’ll look to put together all of those elements for his first official album.

To this point, the Cinematic Music Group signee has remained independent and earned his way on mixtapes, guest appearances, and the occasional one-off single. He needs a definitive statement this year to make his case for the Big Apple's glory days. Initially slated for last summer, B4DA$$ should be arriving in the coming months. —Adam Fleischer