Joey Bada$$ is known among the Hip Hop community as one of the great up and coming acts in world mainstream music. Famous for his highly acclaimed debut mixtape, 1999, the Brooklyn rapper is obviously far from dropping the mic. Joey’s new album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ (which dropped earlier this month) is really a work in which he strives to grow as an artist and experiment with different sounds, while still maintaining the dope rhyme schemes he is known for.

Track number 11 of the new album is titled ‘Legendary’ and it features the well-known J. Cole. Produced by Statik Selektah (an American record producer and radio personality), ‘Legendary’ is sampled from Andile Yenana’s 2003 song titled ‘Thembisa’ [The People].

A South African jazz artist, Andile Yenana is amongst the greatest instrumentalists we have as a country, and it is quite interesting to note that young and up and coming artists on the other end of the world are recognizing and appreciating South African jazz for what it is — a true gem.

I think Statik Selektah did a great job chopping up the sample, and apparently Nas called Statik Selektah requesting the instrumental that became Joey’s ‘Legendary’. That’s how nice it is, and both Joey and Cole complemented it well.

The video above is an interview in which the producer of the track, Statik Selektah breaks down how the process of making Joey’s song unfolded.


Article by: Njabulo Phiri