Joey Bada$$ and U.K. artist simply known as Dave teamed up to perform a stripped back set for BBC Radio 1’s Piano Sessions on Wednesday (Oct. 25).
The two songs performed were Joey’s “Babylon” off of his most recent album, All Amerikkkan Bada$$ (April 7), and a throwback cover of JAY-Z’s first single “Dead Presidents” ahead of his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt, but with a flair — mashed up with his own “Amerikkkan Idol” track.
Joey sings the intro of “Dead Presidents” before seguing into his “Amerikkkan Idol” verses.
In both clips, Joey and Dave are in an almost pitch black room, silhouetted by faint backlight with makes the songs all the more intimate to watch. Joey raps with conviction about racial injustice and the volatile state of America while Dave plays the piano.
Watch both performances below: