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Hear Joey Bada$$’ Surging, Basketball-Themed New Song ‘Victory’

Rapper recorded NBA-referencing cut as part of Mountain Dew’s The Courtside Project

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Joey Bada$$ celebrates the NBA hustle on his surging new song "Victory."

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Joey Bada$$ unleashes a series of basketball-themed boasts on new single “Victory” – from laying down “triple-doubles” to calling himself a human “highlight reel.” Backed by Kirk Knight and Adam Pallin’s Nineties-leaning beat laced with snapping drums and blasting brass samples, the rapper even talks defensive strategy: “I’m in a lane of my own / 2/3 when I get in the zone.”

The burgeoning Bada$$ recorded “Victory” as part of Mountain Dew’s new Courtside Project, which unites figures from basketball, music, style and art. “[These disciplines] are interconnected,” the rapper told Billboard. “I always want to encourage the youth to be themselves and pursue their dreams, whether those are hoop dreams, Grammy dreams, or PhD dreams.”

The rapper will perform “Victory” live for the first time at this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend, which takes place February 17th-19th in New Orleans. The track follows his funky, Trump-bashing single “Land of the Free,” which previews his upcoming second LP, AABA, due out later this year. 

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