Joey Bada$$ Excludes Drake From “The Holy Trinity”
Joey Bada$$ made his long-awaited return this morning with the release of his most recent body of work, 2000. Joey had a lot to get off his chest over the course of the 14-song album, which was his first in five years. Off the rip, the rapper discusses his place in hip-hop today, particularly in relation to the best lyricists.
Although many people would view J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar as the Holy Trinity, Joey Bada$$ is unmistakably convinced that he belongs among this generation’s greats. Joey joins Cole and Kendrick to form this generation’s Holy Trinity on the opening single, “The Baddest” ft. Diddy.
“N***s know who greater, fuck your favorite, I’m the greatest
They never could degrade us and I did it with no major
I made a lane for n****s by going my own way
I paved the way for a lot of these rappers you see today
So act like you know, bitch, I’ve been had the flow, penetrating souls
Who the best emcees? Kenny, Joey, and Cole
The holy trinity, it’s that nine-fives in affinity
Energy knowing when I’m gone and forever remember me”
Of course, the bar is a call back to Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” where he listed himself, Nas, and Biggie as the three best rappers.
Westside Gunn, Chris Brown, Larry June, JID, and Capella Grey all make cameos on Joey’s newest album, 2000.