The Next Kendrick Lamar: Joey Bada$$
Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ independently released his first solo mixtape when he was just 17, which makes me feel old. Now 18, he has released two mixtapes with the hip hop collective Pro Era. He’s also working on his first studio album, which is due out sometime in early 2014. Joey has chosen to remain unsigned, despite rumors in 2012 that he would sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. He has named Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole as inspirations, and has been credited with hearkening back to 90s New York hip hop.