This night was a moment, one of those ‘were you there moments???’.
This was a brilliant night of lyrical excellence, hype, energy, and the essence of the realest HipHop. It was a great crowd, Dot Rotten did an emotive sincere set, and I played some of the best Hip-Hop that doesn’t get played enough.
When Joey, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and Bannon hit the stage they put on a show like they had been doing this for years. It was a great team effort, it was like watching Black Moon back in the day, that first UK Black Star show, that first UK Eminem show. The energy, excitement, and anticipation for the show made it one of the hottest tickets of the year.
Everyone applauds Joey’s music for having a nineties feel, but it really did feel like we were watching a young Tribe Called Quest or a young Wu-tang. There are so many comparisons to be made, purely because what they do is great like those that came before them, but they’ve been passed the flame and they are going to take it somewhere else.
It definitely feels like what Pro Era is doing is the start of something special. Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era team will be on your hard drive 20 years from now, start deleting those inferior mixtapes and reserve the space.
Many thanks to everyone for making this night happen, and watch out for the Semtex X Joey Bada$$ X Pro Era ‘Live from London’ mixtape dropping soon.