BQE – [KOTA The Friend] ft. [Joey Bada$$] x [Bas]

No, it’s not summertime yet and yes, we’re all stuck inside but KOTA The Friend is back to make you forget about all that for a few minutes with his latest single, “BQE”. The track marks the first single off his forthcoming album, ‘Everything’, and showcases him alongside his fellow East Coast lyrical masterminds Joey Bada$$ and Bas.

It’s one thing for a collaboration to look great on paper and another for it to sound just as good in its execution, and “BQE” exemplifies both of these cases. KOTA, who’s been on a streak with the release of his ‘Lyrics to Go, Vol. 1’ project earlier this year, keeps the momentum escalating on this song. He kicks off the track with one of his one of his most impressive verses to date, attacking the beat with precision while still keeping his lyrical content 100% true to self. Joey Bada$$ and Bas both feed off the young prospect’s energy with two memorable appearances—a gift for any rap fans who’ve been fiending for new top-tier bars from either of them.

New York reigns at the center of this song, both in terms of subject matter and overall vibe. From the jump, the song packs a refreshing punch that feels like a summertime block party that hits home through the track’s timeless hip-hop production. The crisply-cut sample chops let a listener bask in vintage glory, retrofitted into 2020 by crystal clear drums and bass tailored to be bumped on a joyride with the top down. “BQE” leaves a listener with more than enough to look forward to from KOTA, and his contagious uplifting spirit feels like an antidote to whatever bullshit you’re putting up with right now. Listen below: