Joey Bada$$ has shared a new track a day after it was revealed that the US rapper – real name Jo-Vaughn Jalani Virginie – will go ahead with his New Zealand tour despite being charged with assault in Australia.
The new song, titled ‘Teach Me’, precedes Bada$$’s debut studio album ‘B4.Da.$$’, which is due for release on January 20 via Cinematic Music Group/Pro Era. It features rising singer Kiesza and can be listened to below.
Yesterday, New Zealand authorities said they didn’t plan to revoke Bada$$’s visa despite recent assault charges in Australia. Immigration New Zealand spokeswoman Rachel Purdom said the artist had not been convicted of any crime and still meets the nation’s good character standard.
On Monday, it was announced that Bada$$ was being charged with assault at a music festival in Australia. The artist allegedly struck a security guard who challenged him at around 8.30pm on Friday (January 2). He appeared at the festival later that evening, but was arrested after the show.
A police statement, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald, read: “A 20-year-old man was allegedly punched in the face by a man while working as a security guard at the festival. The man was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries.”
Bada$$ is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on March 19. The rapper’s debut album, which is out on his 20th birthday, features guest appearances from Raury, Kiesza and BJ The Chicago Kid among others. The tracks ‘No. 99’, ‘Big Dusty’, Christ Conscious’ and ‘Curry Chicken’, and ‘On And On’ were previously shared online.
The tracklisting is as follows:
‘Save The Children’
‘Piece of Mind’
‘Like Me’ (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
‘Belly of the Beast’ (Feat. Chronixx)
‘On & On’ (Feat. Maverick Sabre & Dymeond Lewis)
‘Escape 120’ (Feat. Raury)
‘Run Up On Ya’ (Feat. Action Bronson & Elle Varner)
‘Teach Me’ (feat. Kiesza)