The second single from Black Thought and Danger Mouse's upcoming 'Cheat Codes' album (out August 12) features Joey Bada$$, Russ and Dylan Cartlidge.
Cheat Codes album in May, but now that the project is locked in for a summer release, theyre wasting little time in rolling out the music. Following up last months lead single, No Gold Teeth, the Philadelphia-via-White Plains duo returned on Wednesday (June 8) with yet another new track called Because, which finds Black Thought trading verses with Joey Bada$$and Russ Backed by Mouses nostalgic, 70s-sounding production and a bluesy hook from Dylan Cartlidge, The Roots legend kicks things off by detailing the harsh conditions of his South Philly stomping grounds in typically face-scrunching fashion. Hungry as monks, take the money and run/Sometimes simultaneously taking one of your lungs/What I mean is Ive seen everything thats under the sun/N-ggas below the poverty line live under the gun, he raps. Joey Bada$$ follows with an equally sobering trip down memory lane, reflecting on his journey from watching people get smoked in his hometown of Brooklyn to smoking Cohibas out in Costa Rica, before Russ closes out the collaboration with a slick verse touching on his parents toxic marriage and the unseen struggles of rap stardom. Ive always been a big fan of Black Thought and Danger Mouse, Joey Bada$$ said in a statement. I think Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers ever, so when they asked me to get on this record, it was a no-brainer, plus the record is fire! I still remember the first time I heard You Got Me the video was shot on my great-grandmothers block and I was actually there that day when I was a child. It changed the way I looked at music.