REVIEW: Joey Bada$$ | Liverpool O2 Academy | 12.11.15

Joey Bada$$On Thursday 12th November 2015, legendary Hip-Hop star Joey Bada$$ took to the stage at the Liverpool O2 Academy as part of his World Domination tour. Andy Kettle reviews the show.

It is always a rare treat to have elite underground Hip-Hop artists grace Liverpool with their presence, and Joey Bada$$ was certainly no exception!

With a packed out venue full of true fans, the air was awash with the constant flow of punters shouting out ‘Joey, Joey….’ as they mimicked the opening track of his debut studio album ‘B4.Da.$$’ – a chant that added to the already electric atmosphere before Joey even took to the stage.

On the night there was also a double helping of superb quality with legendary producer/DJ/pioneer Statik Selektah as Joey’s live DJ! Aside from the likes of DJ Premier, Statik is the cream of the crop and has worked with pretty every decent rapper that exists, which meant that the night truly felt like a 2 for 1 deal. Statik’s presence meant that the live sound was (unsurprisingly) clean, crisp, and creative, with plenty of scratching and moments of brilliance from the producer.

Joey himself held the crowd with ease, kicking off the set with hits from his debut album ‘Paper Trails’, and ‘Big Dusty’, then going into an array of other tracks from his first mix tape ‘1999’, which is what originally made him an internet sensation. This, teamed up with songs from his second mix tape ‘Summer Knights’, reminded us all that for such a new artist, the 20-year-old already has an extensive back catalogue of quality music – a back catalogue that will continue to grow for many years to come.

The show was gritty, energetic, and it is not a surprise that every major label in the USA wants to sign the young rapper. However he continues to stay true to his music by remaining independent – something that truly marks him as a unique artist in his field, and one to certainly keep looking out for.

Written by Andy Kettle



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