New York rapper Joey Bada$$ released his latest single, “Survivor’s Guilt,” in honor of the life and musical legacy of the late Brooklyn rapper Capital Steez. To commemorate his close friend’s birthday, Joey dropped the record on what would have been Steez’s 29th birthday Thursday.
Steez, born Courtney “Jamal” Dewar Jr., died by suicide when he was 19, according to Complex. On the new track, the 27-year-old emcee opens up about the impact of his friend’s death and describes feeling at fault for the untimely passing.
“Steezy told me get ’em so I got em. Now my n***a gone, he will never be forgotten / Ever since he left I’ve just been struggling without him,” he raps. “Yeah, we had some problems, but what brothers don’t? Sure. Then I caught a little wave and headed back to shore / And that’s when he started drowning. And he had no one around him so partially I feel it’s my fault.”
Speaking of the emotional track, Joey says, “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.”
“Survivor’s Guilt” arrives 10 years after his 1999 mixtape and ahead of his forthcoming album, 2000, which is expected July 22. Joey celebrates the milestone project with his 1999-2000 North American tour with help from New York artist Capella Grey.
If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1- 800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
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