Joey Bada$$ released his debut album on January 20, 2015: his 20th birthday. It hit the top 5 on the Billboard charts. For the track “Hazeus View,” he worked with Kirk Knight, another member of the Pro Era hip-hop collective. In this episode, the two of them break down the process of making Hazeus View, how the lyrics reflect Joey’s wide-angle take on religion, and how the beat was inspired by DJ Premier and a beat he made for the Biggie song “Ten Crack Commandments.”
This episode is sponsored by Hover (use the offer code VIEW for 10% off your first purchase), Lagunitas Brewing Company, and KQED Arts. Check out the KQED Arts “Earful” feature on Song Exploder.