Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era colleague Kirk Knight recently stopped by BBC Radio 1 to blaze through an electrifying edition of the station's "Fire in the Booth" freestyle series. Above, watch the two Brooklynites spit hot fire for ten minutes straight.
Hosted by eternally amped-up BBC DJ Charlie Sloth, this session featured Bada$$ and Knight rapping over four instrumentals from songs by Redman, The Notorious B.I.G. and UK locals Mic Righteous and Paper Aeroplane. Check out the full breakdown of the songs they rapped over below, courtesy of the video's YouTube description (note: though the description lists a fifth instrumental, Chief Keef's "I Don't Like," there are only four that are included in the video).
Joey Bada$$ & Kirk Knight "Fire in the Booth" freestyle tracklist:
Instrumental 1: Redman - "Tonight's Da Night" - 0:20
Instrumental 2: Mic Righteous - "In A Gang" - 2:48
Instrumental 3: Biggie Smalls - "Dead Wrong" - 5:05
Instrumental 4: Paper Aeroplane ft. Splurgeboys - "WTF" - 8:18
The Brooklyn boys are clearly more at ease over the two golden age, East Coast hip hop beats that Sloth plays for them, but seeing them push themselves to turn out more acrobatic verses on the two UK beats might be more impressive. Of the two, Mic Righteous' "In A Gang" has more in common with old school American hip hop, but after a brief slip-up, Bada$$ and Knight seem to have more fun freestyling over "WTF." The song's deft blend of trap and British grime music inspires the pair to display more modern flow patterns than they've shown to date on their studio material, which has been heralded as a return to "real rap" by purists, but has also made Pro Era considered to be the hip hop equivalent of Luddites in some circles. On this edition of "Fire in the Booth," Bada$$ and Knight prove that they don't need to be within their comfort zone to dominate beats, a quality that clearly impresses Sloth. We can't wait to see what Pro Era have in store for us next.
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