Today, Joey Bada$$ finally releases his long-awaited third studio album, 2000. The project, which spans 14 songs, features JID, Chris Brown, Diddy, Capella Grey, Westside Gunn, and Larry June.
Originally intended to release on June 17th, the album was pushed due to sample clearance issues according to Joey. However, fans were quick to speculate that the project was held back from releasing so that it wouldn’t have to compete with Drake’s new album Honestly, Nevermind. He replied via Twitter, sharing, “Y’all thinking I pushed my album back because drake is comedy.”
The album boasts production from the likes of Cardiak, Chuck Strangers, Erick the Architect, Kirk Knight, Mike WiLL Made-It, and Statik Selektah among others. Meanwhile, pre-release songs like “Head High” and “Where I Belong” also appear on the project in addition to several new cuts for fans alike.
2000, as the name hints, serves as a sequel to Joey Bada$$’s cult-classic debut project, 1999, which was released in 2012. The project was lauded as one of the best mixtapes of its time, notably cementing both the Pro Era collective and rapper’s presence in music and simultaneously being viewed as the golden age of hip-hop. It featured the late Capital STEEZ as well as Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, and Chuck Strangers. Fortunately, 2000 boasts some of the same collaborators who worked on the debut mixtape, primarily on the production side.
Listen to 2000 below.