Cinematic Music Group
12 June 2012
| June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)|
Lewis Parker, Lord Finesse, MF Doom, J Dilla, Knxwledge, Statik Selektah
BET Hip Hop Award for Best Mixtape
B4DA$$, Rejex, Thee Way Eye See It, Acid Rap, Section80
1999 is the debut mixtape by American independent hip hop artist Joey Bada$$. It was released on June 12, 2012. It features production by Chuck Strangers, Lewis Parker, Lord Finesse, MF Doom and J Dilla, among others. The mixtape also features guest appearances from members of Pro Era, a hip hop collective of which Joey Badass is a member. The mixtape is based heavily around musical samples. Music videos have been released for "Hardknock", "Survival Tactics", "FromdaTomb$" and "Waves".
1999 garnered critical acclaim, and general interest upon its release. The mixtape was nominated for mixtape of the year by BET. Pitchfork Media gave the mixtape an 8 out of 10 rating and praised his old soul, and Golden age sound. Tom Breihan of Stereogum wrote: "What confounds me is that a high school kid from Flatbush is making music this era-specific, and, more importantly, that he’s so good at it." Joshua R. Weaver of The Root remarked that 1999 "showcases the burgeoning renaissance of a hip-hop sound and vibe that far precedes the teenaged rapper."
Jesse Fairfax of HipHopDX opined that the mixtape's "careful tracing of long established blueprints gives rise to debate on whether the newcomer presents a worthwhile reminder of Hip Hop's so-called glory days or if he risks placing himself in a nostalgic box". 1999 was ranked the 38th best album of 2012 by Complex. The Versed named it "Mixtape of the Year". It was also named one of the best mixtapes of the year by HipHopDX.
1999 was a free digital download, but after B4.DA.$$ was released, 1999 and another mixtape Summer Knights became available on iTunes for sale.
In September 2012, Joey Bada$$ later released a mixtape named Rejex, which contains 14 tracks that did not make it to the 1999 mixtape.
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