joey badass summer knights ep

It’s been a roller coaster year for young Joey Bada$$. After debuting with his fan-approved 1999 mixtape last summer, the 18-year-old Brooklyn MC hopes to continue to live up to the hype on his sophomore effort, Summer Knights. In addition to the previously released “Word Is Bond,” “95 Til Infinity” and “Amethyst Rockstar” (which, as The BoomBox point out, might have borrowed an existing MF DOOM beat), the 17-track project features collaborations with The Alchemist, Statik Selektah, Smoke DZA, Collie Buddz and the regular Pro Era faces. Summer Knights also includes a touching tribute to the late crew member Capital STEEZ, who supposedly took his own life on Christmas Eve last year.

Stream and download Summer Knights after the jump…

DOWNLOAD: Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights

Bonus: Joey Bada$$ on Summer Knights, and His Relationship With Jay-Z (via The Village Voice)

You’re the indie rapper who famously refused to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. That’s pretty cool to be the one guy who turned down Jay-Z.
It wasn’t really a “turn down,” it was more of a mutual understanding. People and the media are going to change things to what they want to hear. It’s more, he seen my vision and he got what I was trying to do. That’s what it was. He was like, “I see you little homie.”

Are you and Jay-Z still friends? Can you just text him whenever you want?
I wish, man. A lot of relationships you think that rappers have with each other are not true. It’s fiction.

Is there anything that a major label could offer to get you to sign now?
Three million. Off the top.

If I gave you $3 million right now, you’d sign to my record label?
Hell yeah. Get my Mom out the hood. You feel me?

Related:
New Video: Joey Bada$$ “95 Til Infinity”
New Music: Joey Bada$$ Feat. Kirk Knight “Amethyst Rockstar” (Prod. By MF DOOM)
Joey Bada$$ Recalls Meeting Jay-Z and Almost Signing to Roc Nation on ‘The Combat Jack Show’