For the past three years JoeyG has had a conundrum of life events and life lessons that unequivocally shaped the timing and content of his recent EP NOSPACE. The collection of sounds not only chronicles his recent years but some pivotal moments in his life. As growth is inevitable the Florida native has opened up in ways he hasn’t before. Finally we understand NOSPACE.
When you initially meet JoeyG he is somewhat reserved always cloaked in a chill laid back demeanor. At face value most wouldn’t know he is the sheer antithesis of this when he performs. The upcoming emcee is a vibrant person on stage alongside his other Humanaut counterparts. Before NOSPACE JoeyG was filling venues performing singles from previous mixtapes and teasing listeners with collabs he had done with other artists.
In the same manor Joey took that approach with NOSPACE. He opens up the EP with a choir of strings for the title track quite literally explaining the premise of the entire tape. The 15 track EP featuring fellow Humanaut members Danny French, Fredo liscio Ca$hmere and more is a timeline of emotions and events all more detailed than anything we have heard from Joey. Tracks like The Grind, Purpose and It’s a Go display his bravado tenfold, by highlighting his determination and tribulations as an up and coming rapper. He also touches on his cyclical relationship with drugs in songs like Zooted and The Cure. A new and relatable side that can be appreciated is found in songs like Dead em’ All a tried and true story of fugazi support from friends and family alike. His collaboration however with producer Street Runner resulted in the heavy base record What to call it a good fusion of his natural east coast delivery and “trap” drum pattern.
He ends strong with tracks like Monumental and Bow Down however a great display of growth can be found in the song Big Sis. The track produced by longtime collaborator Llama is an ode to the passing of Joey’s sister. While it isn’t a banger like What to call it or something you can see him jumping up and down performing like single Purpose – Big Sis is an honest admission of loss, pain and love. The best music indicative of growth is honesty and JoeyG accomplished that.
The collection of music is a full spectrum of JoeyG and his progression from then to now. As he finally lets the masses hear the music that has been so close to his heart he is more open than ever for what is next.
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Interview features footage from JoeyG's video for single Purpose shot and direct by Brandon McMillan