Summer Knights

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Summer Knights
Mixtape by Joey Badass
Released July 1, 2013
Recorded 2012–13
Genre Hip hop
Length 70:00
Label Cinematic Music Group
Producer Lee Bannon, MF Doom, Statik Selektah, The Alchemist, Oddisee, Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight, Bruce Leekix, Navie D, DJ Premier
Joey Badass chronology
1999
(2012)
Summer Knights
(2013)
B4.Da.$$
(2014)
Singles from Summer Knights
  1. "Unorthodox"
    Released: January 14, 2013
  2. "My Yout"
    Released: September 9, 2013

Summer Knights is the third solo mixtape from American rapper Joey Badass, released on July 1, 2013. The mixtape was originally planned to be an EP, to prelude the release of his debut album B4.Da.$$, but was soon announced to be a full-length mixtape. The mixtape features production from Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight, MF Doom, Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, Lee Bannon, Oddisee, Navie D, and Bruce Leekix. The mixtape features more original instrumentals than his first mixtape 1999 which was primarily samples.

An extended play re-release of the mixtape, entitled Summer Knights EP, was released on October 29, 2013.

Background[edit]

Joey Badass worked with many producers for the mixtape including MF Doom, Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, and Oddisee among others.

On May 22, 2013, Joey Badass announced the official release date of his next solo project, Summer Knights EP as June 12, release to mark the 1 year anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape, 1999. On May 28, 2013, Badass announced Summer Knights would no longer be an EP, but rather a full-length mixtape. He revealed the mixtape would feature 17 tracks and production by Statik Selektah, Lee Bannon, Chuck Strangers and Kirk Knight among others.[1][2]

The mixtape featured various guest appearances by his fellow Pro.Era members among additional production by DJ Premier, The Alchemist, MF Doom and Oddisee.[3] On the announced release date, Joey Badass revealed on Twitter that the mixtape was pushed back until July 1, 2013.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CMJ (favorable)[5]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[6]
Exclaim! 7/10[7]
The Needle Drop 7/10[8]
NME 5/10[9]
RapReviews.com 7.5/10[10]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 5/10[12]
XXL 4/5 stars[13]

Summer Knights received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, which indicates "generally favorable", based on 8 reviews.[14] Exclaim! magazine's Chris Dart found Badass' rapping versatile and skillful, and said that the mixtape is exceptional at its high points, despite being a few unnecessary songs overlong.[7] Abrea Armstrong of XXL felt that his lyrics are still confident, but now informed by new life experiences, and recommended Summer Knights to hip hop buffs rather than Badass' typically teenage listeners, although she wrote that "Joey is here to prove that they're one in the same."[13] The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano said that the mixtape sounds more like a sequel to Pro Era's PEEP mixtape than Badass' own 1999, but is still a strong mixtape.[8] In a mixed review, Phillip Mlynar of Spin felt that Summer Knights lacks the immediacy of his early music and found his rapping dull and enervated, which he mused is a result of pressures and expectations from the music industry.[15]

On December 24, 2013, XXL positioned it at number 19 on their list of the best mixtapes of 2013. They commented saying, "One thing is clear when you listen to the tape, he’s not kidding around, as he unleashes some bone-shattering bars with a calm cold assassin-like demeanor. 1999 was more of a coming-of-age tale from Joey while Summer Knights provides as a worthy follow-up illustrating his maturity and growth. Pro-Era’s boom-bap ’90s chill-vibe is still prominent in the album, however with an extra kick making it sound very refreshing."[16]

Track listing[edit]

All credits are adapted from Allmusic.[17]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Alowha"   Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott Kirk Knight 4:41
2. "Hilary $wank"   Scott Lee Bannon 3:23
3. "My Yout" (featuring Collie Buddz) Chuck Strangers 4:20
4. "Death of YOLO" (featuring Smoke DZA)
Bruce Leekix 4:24
5. "Right on Time"   Scott Kirk Knight 3:24
6. "Sweet Dreams"   Scott Navie D 3:42
7. "47 Goonz" (featuring Dirty Sanchez and Nyck Caution)
  • Scott
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • Nyck Caution
  • Lee Bannon
3:06
8. "Word Is Bond"   Scott Statik Selektah 3:20
9. "Sit N Prey" (featuring T'nah Apex and Dessy Hinds)
  • Scott
  • T'nah Apex
  • Dessy Hinds
Navie D 4:40
10. "Trap Door"   Scott The Alchemist 2:52
11. "Satellite" (featuring Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight and Dessy Hinds)
  • Scott
  • Chuck Strangers
  • Kirk Knight
  • Dessy Hinds
Lee Bannon 5:04
12. "95 Til Infinity"   Scott Lee Bannon 4:27
13. "Amethyst Rockstar" (featuring Kirk Knight)
  • Scott
  • Kirk Knight
MF Doom 3:55
14. "Reign"   Scott Chuck Strangers 4:49
15. "Sorry Bonita" (featuring Pro Era)
  • Scott
  • CJ Fly
  • Chuck Strangers
  • Dyemond Lewis
  • Nyck Caution
  • Kirk Knight
  • A La $ole
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • Dessy Hinds
Oddisee 5:48
16. "#LongLiveSteelo"   Scott Kirk Knight 2:51
17. "Unorthodox"   Scott DJ Premier 3:37
Total length:
70:00
Summer Knights EPiTunes re-release[18]
No. Title Length
1. "Hilary $wank"   3:22
2. "My Yout" (featuring Maverick Sabre) 3:40
3. "Sit N Prey" (featuring T'nah Apex and Dessy Hinds) 4:22
4. "95 Til Infinity"   4:27
5. "#LongLiveSteelo" (featuring T'nah Apex) 2:51
6. "My Jeep" (featuring Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers and Chuck Strangers) 4:35
7. "My Yout" (featuring Collie Buddz) 3:32
Total length:
26:49

Personnel[edit]

All credits are adapted from Allmusic.[17]

  • The Alchemist – Producer
  • T'nah Apex – Featured Artist
  • Lee Bannon – Producer
  • Collie Buddz – Featured Artist
  • Nyck Caution – Featured Artist
  • Navie D – Producer
  • Dirty Sanchez – Featured Artist
  • DJ Premier – Producer
  • MF DOOM – Producer
  • Dessy Hinds – Featured Artist
  • Kirk Knight – Featured Artist, Producer
  • Oddisee – Producer
  • Pro Era – Featured Artists
  • Rokamouth – Featured Artist
  • Smoke DZA – Featured Artist
  • Statik Selektah – Producer
  • Chuck Strangers – Featured Artist, Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joey Bada$$ Talks 'Summer Knights' Mixtape And His Next Steps – Page 6 of 7 – XXL". Xxlmag.com. June 5, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Joey Bada$$ Talks 'Summer Knights' Mixtape And His Next Steps – Page 4 of 7 – XXL". Xxlmag.com. June 5, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Here's The Tracklist To Joey Badass' 'Summer Knights' – XXL". Xxlmag.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Twitter / joeyBADASS_: Summer Knights pushed back". Twitter.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.cmj.com/reviews/joey-bada-summer-knights/
  6. ^ Coplan, Chris (Jul 9, 2013). "Album Review: Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights Mixtape". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jul 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Dart, Chris (July 2, 2013). "Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights • Hip-Hop Reviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights ALBUM REVIEW". YouTube. July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/joey-bada/14610
  10. ^ http://www.rapreviews.com/feature.html
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Mlynar, Phillip. "Joey Bada$$, 'Summer Knights' (Cinematic Music Group) | SPIN | Albums | Critical Mass". SPIN. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Joey Bada$$ – 'Summer Knights' Mixtape Review – XXL". Xxlmag.com. July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/summer-knights-mixtape/joey-bada
  15. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (July 1, 2013). "Summer Knights Review from Spin Magazine". Spin (United States). Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/12/the-25-best-mixtapes-of-2013/3/
  17. ^ a b "Summer Knights – Joey Bada$$ : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Summer Knights EP". iTunes. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 

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