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West Coast Hip-Hop
Part of the new millennium resurgence of alternative rap, MC Joey Bee (born Joel Avendano) drew from atypical inspirations of hip-hop: classic Native Tongues outfits like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as more recent torch-bearers like the Roots and Black Star.
Born in East Los Angeles as the eldest to four sisters and a brother to teenage mother and an immigrant father, Joey's first name Joel is Hebrew meaning "God Willing".
A sophisticated lyrical technique and flowing syncopations of jazz-rap alive in an era where commercial pop rap is threatening to obliterate everything in its path.