Joey Bada$$ at the Pageant: "There's One Thing I Don't Love About St. Louis, and That's the Fucking Police"

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RIP Capital STEEZ.

The Pro Era set began with Joey flowing by himself. He struck a good balance between rapping and crowd-friendliness, playing songs from both 1999 and Summer Knights. The second half involved more of his Pro Era cohorts, mainly the two big staples Kirk Knight and CJ Fly, who rapped a couple of their solo tracks. Also on stage were Chuck Strangers, Kwon, A La $ole and Dessy Hinds, among others. CJ's style was similar to Joey's while Kirk had a distinctly different style, marked by a much fatter, booming bass. In total, their set was an hour long, featuring Joey on almost every track. The group closed with an homage to crew member Capital Steez, who passed away last December; and one of Joey's more popular tracks from 1999, "Survival Tactics".

While having a perhaps semi-questionably stylized name, Joey Bada$$ is probably one of the most distinctive emcees out there, his cadence and sampling choices evocative of '90s hip-hop. Though not a "conscious rapper," he manages to insert a fair amount of conscious raps between his Bonita Applebum, weed and money verses. Joey, though young, samples well known producers, from the likes of MF Doom, Dilla, Madlib, 9th Wonder, Knxwledge, Oddisee and more.

Joey expressed love for the city but added a caveat. "There's one thing I don't love about St. Louis, and that's the fucking police, man," he said, again referencing Monday night's run-in with the law.

"But that shit didn't happen in St. Louis," an onstage cohort interjected. "It happened in the suburbs."

Suburb or city, the sentiment remained the same. "Fuck the police!" Joey shouted again, before launching into another track.

By the looks of it, the show didn't sell out, though I did leave halfway into Ab-Soul. As I was leaving, I saw a few dumbass kids smoking a bowl in the neighboring car -- Smoker's Club indeed.

Continue to page three for note and the setlist.


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6161 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO

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24 comments
William Robinson
William Robinson

i wish i knew were he lived we hav the klan meeting there this week

Matt Burkey
Matt Burkey

I think the little prick needs to go back to Brooklyn and take his shitty music with him

Jeff White
Jeff White

Fuck the police! Some things never change in the Lou! Sorry bada$$ don't know who you are one reason do not live there anymore! Visit the vi they need music and the police do not give a fuck! Peace and hairgrease

Ksmith Wash
Ksmith Wash

We live here and don't like them either!

Daniel Bramley
Daniel Bramley

Who wrote this article? Some idiot who isn't really into going to shows and listening to music obviously. Showing up early to shows isn't "hip" hahahaha what a toolbag comment. You want a memo? heres one for you. You are not cool and sound like a fake ass hipster who needs to follow trends to feel part of something. What a joke. I guess anyone can write for the RFT no degree or mind required hahaha.

Brian Mull
Brian Mull

whimpy little shit if he doesn't have his "boys" with him. a school girl could probably kick his ass........

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Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

oh, please. now he has "street cred" to help him sell concert tickets to morons.

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

These thugs always say f the police but hey it's ok to call them to save you. Disgusting. Not all police officers are unreasonable and most of them save lives. They deserve respect, I don't see this punk putting his life on the line.

Allen Ward
Allen Ward

Who the hell is Joey Bada$$ and why is he playing The Pageant and not a street corner?

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

He ain't a bad azz..he's just a whiny lil BITCH.

Diane Highley Kleb
Diane Highley Kleb

He needs to grow up and join the *Human* race. He looks like he is a special ed. student in one of my schools. Ignorance is as ignorance does*

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