Joey Bada$$ delivered a strong efficiency on the BET Hip Hop Awards 2022, paying tribute to fallen rappers that misplaced their lives to violence.
The Brooklyn rapper took to the stage on Tuesday night (Oct. 4) with a particular rendition of his latest single “Head Excessive.” The tributes included Younger Dolph, who was shot and killed final yr and PnB Rock, who was additionally fatally shot final month.
He additionally memorialized fallen rappers from totally different generations of rap, together with XXXTentacion, King Von, Nipsey Hussle, Scott La Rock, Tupac Shakur, The Infamous B.I.G, and Huge L.
Because the track wound down, Joey Bada$$ despatched a message to his fellow artists.
“As rappers we bought to cease perpetuating our personal genocide. It’s a struggle happening inside and out of doors no man is secure from. How y’all rappers name y’allselves actual, flip spherical and inform these youngsters to kill one another? You see the issue is, we y’all largest ops. I’m achieved pointing fingers on the judges and the cops. It’s time to take accountability,” he concluded.
Joey Bada$$ carried out flanked by dancers clad in all black with matching ski masks sporting hoodies with every deceased artist’s identify on the again. Watch his efficiency under.
The poignant lyrics on “Head Excessive” embrace the rapper speaking about “livin’ within the second,” as a result of “you by no means know when might be your final.” Joey Bada$$ additionally raps in regards to the “survivor’s guilt” he suffers over dropping his pal and fellow artist Capital STEEZ.
Kodak Black additionally took to the stage on the ceremony along with his personal tribute to his pal and former collaborator, the late PnB Rock. A picture of PnB lit up the stage as Kodak carried out “Tremendous Gremlin.”