Exactly six years ago, Joey Bada$$ unleashed his debut mixtape 1999, inspired by classic '90s hip-hop, and showed why the then-17-year-old Brooklyn MC was poised to make a breakthrough in rap. On Tuesday (June 12), Bada$$ announced that he's celebrating the six-year anniversary of 1999 by sharing it on all streaming platforms.
"It’s official my first project #1999 is now available on ALL streaming platforms! Link in bio!" he announced on Instagram. "Today marks 6 years since I came into this game and dropped this masterpiece. So excited to finally get it up on DSP’s. Happy #1999Day! Comment below with your favorite songs & memories from listening to this album. Biglove ?? new Music on the way! #PROERARECORDSx"
Bada$$'s gained traction in hip-hop with the release of 1999, which also welcomed comparisons to Nas' debut album Illmatic. The album featured Pro Era cohorts, Kirk Knight, CJ Fly and Capital Steez, who died months later.