Joey Bada$$: Edmonton ‘Til Infinity [Photos] #IronMic
Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, our friends over at Pearl Entertainment delivered the first installation of the Iron Mic Music Festival. The festival is Western Canada’s largest indoor hip-hop music festival, and it serves to bridge the gap between legendary international rap-cats, and locals on the come-up. This year’s festival featured headlining performances from Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK. It was insane in the membrane.
Brooklyn’s finest young stunna – Joey Bada$$ – took the stage around 7:45 p.m., after joining Smoke DZA – who Joey refers to as his “big brother” – in a performance of “Fhvt BVsturd,” (off Smoke’s debut Dream.ZONE.Achieve album).
This was Joey’s first roll through Edmonton. While HipHopCanada was lucky enough to catch up with Joey at his Alberta debut in Calgary last year, he never ended up stopping over in E-Town. So his arrival in the YEG was long overdue.
The crowd had nothing but love for the Beast Coast Pro Era king. He cranked out the jams with performances of “Waves,” his Souls Of Mischief ode-of-greatness, “95 ’til Infinity,” and all those 1999 and Summer Knights joints we dig; all backed by his tour DJ, Statik Selektah. Then Joey brought out his fellow Pro Era homie, Kirk Knight, and the two of them turned it up. And – of course – a Joey Bada$$ set isn’t complete without Joey spraying down the audience with his water-bottle; jus’ makin’ those “Waves,” you feel me?
We caught up with Joey afterwards for a reunion interview. Nothing but love for the Pro Era fam. Always. They’ve been on the grind for a minute. They wrapped up – or rather, rapped up – the Beast Coast Tour. They had a Pro Era week in February and released The Secc$ Tape 2 mixtape. And now Joey is getting ready to drop his debut album, B4.Da.$$ (which – for the record – is a brilliant wordplay because it’s both “Bada$$” and “Before the money.” Eeeps). So we chatted with Joey about the new album (spoiler alert: it features an unreleased J Dilla beat), and caught up on everything Bada$$ that’s happened since we last chopped it up. So while you’re waiting on that interview to drop, peep the photos that Sarah Sussman took of Joey Bada$$’ Iron Mic set below.
Photography by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
About Iron Mic Music Festival
Iron Mic is the first of its kind for Western Canada – it’s an indoor multi-headliner hip-hop festival offered to all ages. The festival is three parts in nature: it features headlining performances from internationally recognized artists. It provides an opportunity for local artists to gain some exposure. And it gives back to the community through charitable efforts. Iron Mic Music Festival was made possible through Pearl Entertainment’s partnerships with Nightshift, Mez Muzik, Dubsac, Jakmove, Diamond Kings Entertainemnt, IPartySask, and HipHopCanada.