Twenty-year-old Brooklyn rap traditionalist Joey Bada$$ joins a clutch of young, like-minded New York MCs and buzzing Floridian Denzel Curry onstage at Revolution on Friday as part of Bada$$'s World Domination tour.
Since breaking out in 2012 with his "Survival Tactics" single and subsequent, acclaimed 1999 tape, Joey's throwback sensibility has served to remind the populace that fashion has a 20-year cycle. A worthy champion of East Coast, true-school nostalgists, he's carried on the New York tradition with conviction, delivering mathematical, multisyllabic rhymes over jazzy beats between his two full-lengths and an EP. The effect — perhaps by design — is that his songs take on a timeless quality. His rap- and citycentric subject matter, melodic lyrical delivery, and production style are of a high enough quality that they could have easily landed him on an early Rawkus Records compilation back in the day.
Co-New Yorker Bishop Nehru just completed a round on the summer festival circuit and put out an album with MF DOOM, while local boy Curry, one of our "Top Ten Young Rappers Killing the Game in 2015" in South Florida, recently turned up his game with the summer's heavy 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms release. Get there early to see his "Ultimate"-ness do his thing.
With Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru, and Nyck Caution. 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 23, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution,net. Tickets cost $24.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.