If James Blake’s feature on “King’s Dead,” threw you off a little, check out Joey Bada$$ and XXXTentacion’s freestyle of the single off Black Panther: The Album. It isn’t as sprawling and ambitious as the original, but it goes hard.
On the freestyle, X and JayOhVee trade bars that, for lack of a better description, channel the fury of the Wakandan king. “I’ve been a wolf and I kill the sheep / Gotta pray on the prey for my enemies / ’Cause they wanna feed off my energy,” Joey Bada$$ spits, before his sparring partner gets all manic on his verses.
In January, both rappers announced a collab tape, but didn’t indicate a release date. Their “King’s Dead” freestyle, however, gives us a taste of what to expect.
Listen to the track here: