Days following the release of “Where I Belong,” Joey Bada$$ has unleashed another track, “Survivors Guilt.” The Rahki-produced cut pays tribute to the late Capital Steez and his cousin, Junior B.
“Ever since he left, I just been strugglin’ without him, ‘Cause I remember linkin’ after school and we’d be plottin’,” Joey raps over a Dave Hollister sample. “Talk about our problems and what we do about ’em, Journalin’ and jottin’, we ain’t know the world was watchin’/We was just two kids tryna make it out the bottom/Now I’m rich and rotten, everyday I think about him, it’s survivors guilt.”
Upon the song’s release, Joey Bada$$ expressed how much this drop meant to him on Twitter. “My new song ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ is out now,” he wrote. “Dedicated to Capital Steez and my cousin Junior B. This song is by far the most heartfelt song I’ve ever made and it felt incredibly therapeutic finally being able to put my thoughts and sentiments into words.”
Capital Steez and Junior B were both members of the Brooklyn-based rap collective, Pro-Era. Capital Steez committed suicide on Christmas Eve in 2012 at the age of 19. Junior B was in a fatal car accident in 2014.
Joey is set to release his long-awaited album, 2000, on July 22. It will mark his first album since 2017’s All-Amerikkkan Badass and serve as the follow-up to 1999, his debut mixtape. 2000 was originally scheduled to drop last month near the mixtape’s 10th anniversary, but got postponed due to sample clearance issues.
Listen to “Survivor’s Guilt” below: