Before bursting through the gate with last year’s 1999 mixtape, Joey Bada$$ recorded his New Kid on the Block mixtape at the ripe old age of 15. While Bada$$ ultimately shelved the project, he recently unearthed the track titled “20 Miles (Freestyle)” in celebration of Pro Era’s impending U.S. tour. Bada$$’s freestyling skills may not be as lethal as they are today, but he demonstrates a certain wit (“Flow sharp like I was spittin’ up a syringe/I can see my future clear/No help to Visine”) and a captivating presence on the mic that have only grown more dominant with each passing year. Stream it below.
Also make sure to check out Bada$$’s collaboration with Chance The Rapper, “Wendy N Becky”.