The Hip Hop community faced tragedy at the end of 2012 after PRO ERA member Capital STEEZ committed suicide. His partner-in-rhyme Joey Bada$$ has remained relatively silent about his death until now, speaking with Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning about how he’s been coping with the loss of his friend.

“I been trying my best,” said Bada$$. “I’ve been trying not to get too lost in my thoughts. It truly hurts. He was a brother, a best friend.

Explaining that his death was self-inflicted, Joey revealed that he’s already written a tribute to STEEZ. He said that he usually does not discuss his passing, but felt that he should take the opportunity to do so.

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“I already wrote that,” he said. “I usually choose not to but I respect you a lot.”

Check the interview below, where he also delivers a freestyle.

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