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Joey Bada$$ Calls Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole & Himself “The Best MCs”

After many delays, Joey Bada$$ finally returned this morning with the release of his latest body of work, 2000. Serving as his first album in five years, Joey had much to get off of his chest over the course of the 14-song project. Off the rip, the rapper addresses his position in hip-hop right now, especially when it comes to the top lyricists.Arturo Holmes/Getty Images Most might consider the Holy Trinity to be J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar but Joey Bada$$ clearly feels like he deserves to be named among this generation’s greats. On the intro track, “The Baddest” ft Diddy, Joey puts his name alongside Cole and Kendrick to make up this generation’s Holy Trinity.”N***s know who greater, fuck your favorite, I’m the greatestThey never could degrade us and I did it with no majorI made a lane for n****s by going my own wayI paved the way for a lot of these rappers you see todaySo act like you know, bitch, I’ve been had the flow, penetrating soulsWho the best emcees? Kenny, Joey, and ColeThe holy trinity, it’s that nine-fives in affinityEnergy knowing when I’m gone and forever remember me”Of course, the bar is a call back to Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” where he listed himself, Nas, and Biggie as the three best rappers. Joey’s new project, 2000 includes appearances from Westside Gunn, Chris Brown, Larry June, JID, and Capella Grey. Check out the project here. 

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