Unfortunately, the world of Hip-Hop has a lost a number of artists over the last few years due to illness, violence and other tragic circumstances. Pop Smoke, Nipsey Hussle, PnB Rock and King Von are just a few of the artists that have been laid to rest far too soon. As these young artists are called home, a number of their peers have used their artistic tools to honor their memories. Most notably, Joey Bada$$ used his 2022 track, “Head High,” to remember the late XXXTentacion. Tonight, the Brooklyn native took the track down to Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards and he did not hold back on his call to end gun violence in marginalized communities.
“So I hold my head high ’til they put me below/Best know ’til the day I die I’ma keep my heat close/This is for my n*ggas who took a day to relax/Huggin’ the block but the block ain’t hug ’em back,” he rapped.
“So we hold our head high ’til they put us below/Best know ’til the day we die we gon’ keep this heat close.”
Joey Bada$$ is not the only New York native to take the stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Fat Joe, Remy Ma, King Combs, Fivio Foreign and many others are set to perform at the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Check back throughout the night for performance videos, cypher clips and much more.