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1999 was the mixtape that brought me into listening to hip hop at a wider range. The traditional boom bap style is reexamined into a new school context in an interesting light. Joey Bada$$ uses this style to flex his lyrical prowess, which he had even at such a young age. The topics of the songs revolve around many traditional hip hop topics such as women, growing up in Brooklyn, and the police. Joey and the rest of Pro Era never stop with astounding lyrics, especially on tracks like Survival Tactics and World Domination. However with all the positive sides of old school hip hop shining through on the mixtape, the worst parts are also quite evident. An example of that would be the track Funky Ho'$, arguably the worst track I've ever heard about the subject, with nothing new to be said at any moment on the song. The album closes with the 11 minute Pro Era cypher, Suspect, with a very relaxing instrumental and solid punchlines from all members. Amongst the album there are many songs that I love that I feel don't get enough props, like Daily Routine. It's addictive hook and inspirational started from the bottom subject matter get me everytime and makes it my favorite Joey Bada$$ song of all time. 1999 means alot to me because it really opened my eyes to the quality of the old school, and I don't feel I would've checked out many of my favorites today, like MF DOOM and The Pharcyde, if it weren't for this mixtape. It is one of the very few albums I had on regular rotation in middle school that still lives up to its quality today. It has been on heavy rotation in every aspect of my life, from skating to my week long stay in Brooklyn. It truly is the soundtrack for some of my favorite moments, and even if Joey was to drop a better project I don't feel that I'd be able to acknowledge it because of the nostalgia.
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