Joey Bada$$ Pays Tribute To XXXTENTACION & Capital STEEZ On Nas-Approved 'Head High'

Joey Bada$$ returned on Thursday (March 3) with the introspective “Head High” which Nas allegedly dubbed to be the “perfect” single after playing the Queensbridge icon some of his forthcoming album.

“Head High” features smooth production from Statik Selektah and the track is oozing with vintage Joey Bada$$ vibes from when he burst onto the Hip Hop scene as the next Brooklyn prodigy just over a decade ago as a teenager.

The Pro Era co-founder reflects on his friendship with the late XXXTENTACION and opens up about their first encounter, which inherently reminded Joey of his fallen friend Capital STEEZ, who both passed away before their 21st birthday.

“Took a trip to Miami that March/Couple weeks right before my daughter got born/To meet up with a kid by the name of X/Had to go to him ’cause he was on house arrest, nonetheless/Our first time meetin’ we was always on the FaceTime/He offered me his place to stay, ‘Thank you, but I decline,’” he raps.

“First impression in my mind, ‘Now that’s a stand-up n-gga/Someone I could call a friend of mine and that’s tough, n-gga’/Shit, I could talk about any type of stuff with him/Never gave a fuck about who didn’t fuck with him/See, that’s my n-gga, I had to keep it a buck with him.”

“When he played me his album, I told him what he was missin’/A lot of n-ggas woulda took that shit different, woulda thought that I was dissin’/Still, we found this beat and started riffin’/Shit had me reminiscin’, had me thinkin’ ’bout Steelo/Now that I can see his vision.”

Joey Bada$$ and X’s friendship dates back to 2017 when the “SAD!” rapper was on house arrest. In early 2018, JB teased a collaborative project in the works between the two. They then teamed up just a few months prior to XXXTENTACION’s June 2018 death on a remix to Black Panther‘s “King’s Dead” and “Infinity (888),” the latter of which notched Joey Bada$$ his first Billboard Hot 100 placement.

Listen to the COLORS studio edition below.