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  • Summary: The 17-track mixtape from the 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper was originally planned as an EP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 9, 2013
    Summer Knights is for the hip-hip heads and less for the kids that are Joey’s usual teenaged fanbase.
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    Even with the occasional humorless rhyme and plodding beat, Joey Badda$$'s latest mixtape is further proof that he is a force to be reckoned with, and that the hype around him is not unwarranted.
  3. 75
    Where things get truly interesting, though, is watching Joey’s flow adapt to the song.
  4. 70
    The even-keeled approach stands tall on this mixtape, validation of the years of wisdom and brilliant intent under his youthful exterior.
  5. Jul 12, 2013
    Joey too often comes out looking like someone who’s already grown weary of the system, an 18-year-old curmudgeon, a sharp contrast with the energy that 1999 promised.
  6. Jul 9, 2013
    Overall the young rapper's glorious flare of an introduction has not been brightening. His latest, Summer Knights continues this trend.
  7. Aug 15, 2013
    "Death of YOLO" and "Word Is Bond" show promise, but the tape feels like little more than background music for blunt sessions.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Nov 21, 2013
    Joey Bada$$ is a New York emcee that has been putting out track after track of pure quality for the past two years, and is finally starting to receive the attention he thoroughly deserves.

    1999, his ground-breaking debut mixtpe, was one of the greatest i've ever had the pleasure to listen to, and the sounds and lyrics that were formulated from the lips of the 17 year old showed skill and maturity way beyond his years.

    Now 18, his latest release, 'Summer Knights' doesn't disappoint in any way, shape or form. It shows that he is truly putting his all into becoming one of the greatest rappers dead or alive. Tracks such as 'Hilary Swank' and 'Satellite' continue the 1999 legacy and deliver incredibly solid and hard hitting bars over gritty, old-school beats, whereas 'My Youth' shows off his potential with other sub-genres of rap, and shows that he is more than just a one trick pony.

    The album may not be as revolutionary as his prior release, but it is almost just as satisfying to listen to. 'Summer Knights' should be seen as nothing but a stepping stone between his incredibly hard-hitting debut mixtape, and the long-awaited but inevitably brilliant debut studio album.

    I cant wait for the Pro Era rap takeover, and with releases such as this, Badass cements himself as the leader of a new generation of incredible music.
  2. Jan 31, 2014
    joey is a young promise of hip hop and one of the renewers of the movement , the mixtape maybe is not as good as 1999, but is better than much of all the stuff around the movement right now Expand