[Moment of Truth is SF Weekly's hip-hop column and appears every Tuesday on All Shook Down]
This week's slate of hip-hop shows in the Bay is nuts. Maybe you've heard that Mystikal is playing a show at Mezzanine on Friday night? Or you read our write-up on Hieroglyphics' new Wax Poetic hip-hop monthly on the other side of the Bay at Legionnaire on Friday Night too? Rhymesayers MC Grieves is hitting Slim's on Wednesday night, but one show takes the whole damn cake: Independent Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ and Chicago's Mick Jenkins, along with up and comer Denzel Curry at The Regency Theater on Wednesday.
This is my kind of hip-hop.
Joey Bada$$ is the leader of Brooklyn's Pro Era crew and dropped his sensational debut LP B4DA$$ (pronounced “Before Da Money”) back in February. He's a breath of fresh air, when a lot of hip-hop struggles to find an identity. Joey's comfort zone is on beats produced in the style of his hero and underground King, DJ Premier, who even ended up producing a track himself on B4DA$$ in “Paper Trails”:
And this is just a taste of the masterful album and Joey's style. The Pro Era slew of producers (including Chuck Strangers, who we interviewed on Moment of Truth back in March) has created a style all their own, in the shadows of the underground greats like Premier and Pete Rock. The most powerful moment of the album, is on “Like Me,” which sees The Roots incorporating a lost J.Dlla beat on the production (seriously) and features a gripping music video of Joey living a tragic tale of streets:
Joining Joey Bada$$ at The Regency on Wednesday is Mick Jenkins, who we profiled as part of his Noise Pop festival appearance back in February. Peep his sick 2014 mixtape, The Waters[s] below and you'll be exposed to a crafty MC, who weaves heady idealism regarding surviving and thriving within the perils of the hip-hop industry, over jazzy beats:
For real, this show might as well have been curated by Moment of Truth and we couldn't be more excited for a multi-faceted independent hip-hop show like this to come to the city. Don't sleep on it.
Joey Bada$$ at The Regency Ballroom
w/ Mick Jenkins and Denzel Curry
Get tickets $22.50/$25 door. Available here.