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Sway's SXSW Takeover: JoeyBada$$ explains getting gunned down by NYPD & BJ The Chicago Kid speaks on Chi-Town's current struggle

By Maria-Karmina Landicho

The Pro Era crew came through with their front man and Brooklyn’s own, Joey Bada$$ (Badass) during Sway’s SXSW takeover as the Sway In The Morning crew broadcasted live from Nice Kicks in Austin, Texas. In this interview, he speaks on getting gunned down by the NYPD in his latest visuals for “Like Me” — while explaining his references on the deaths of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin. Watch “Like Me” below:

Joey Badass is well-know for his classic, nostalgic approach and for being major representative of the younger hip-hop generation. Furthermore, he has definitely lit up the path after releasing his critically acclaimed debut mixtape 1999, which he dropped at a very fresh 17-years of age. Thus far in his career, this Brooklyn native has worked with Audio Push, Hit-Boy, Action Bronson, Mike Posner, Raekwon, Black Thought, Funkmaster Flex, Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, Harry Fraud, Dizzy Wright, Jared Evan, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Smoke DZA, Mac Miller, Casey Veggies, Big K.R.I.T. and more, not to mention the extensive collaborations within his own Pro Era crew.

With that being said — another young music pioneer who goes by the name of BJ The Chicago Kid, stunts on the entire crew to talk about his mission in helping Chicago and speaks on his views in future resolution regarding police and citizen conflict; honing in on Chicago’s current state (FYI: Chicago is also called “Chi-Raq” — take that for what it’s worth).

From Brooklyn, to Chicago and all the way through to Austin, Texas —  the best music are the ones that spark a change in the community. Joey Badass and BJ The Chicago Kid are amongst the younger pioneer’s who are striving to do so and they had a lot of wise words to share during Sway’s live coverage during SXSW. Joey Badass also speaking on arranging a book club with Sway on-air! Watch it in-full, below:

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