Joey Bada$$ Says He Was the Inspiration for JAY-Z’s ‘4:44′ Album [VIDEO]
Although JAY-Z released his most political album to date with 4:44, he wasn’t the only Brooklyn rapper who released a fantastic project this year that was equally both political and thought-provoking. Joey Bada$$ saluted Hov on “For My People” on his latest album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.
In an interview with Montreality, Joey praised JAY's album and called it the soundtrack for the neighborhood. The 22-year-old rhymer said that he along with today’s rap generation inspired JAY's new album.
"Honestly, I feel like I was inspiration to that album, there’s nothing nobody could tell me," he said. "I put a certain pressure on these OGs in the rap game, they know what they gotta talk about now. 'Cause they got this young n---- Joey Bada$$ coming out talking about this shit before they got the chance to talk about it. I loved the album, it’s great, and I’m glad I could be an inspiration."
Elsewhere in the interview, Joey said that respects other rappers in the game, particularly the whole Top Dawg Entertainment family. When asked if he would ever collaborate with Kendrick Lamar, the Pro Era leader said that anything is possible. "Me and Kendrick we don't talk too much, we never got the chance to really build, but I already know we right here with it," he said. "Timing is everything with me, I just let the Universe take its course, when that's supposed to happen, it's gonna happen."
Joey also talked about his politically-driven music and the concern that he might be a threat to the Government. "Hell yeah I'm a threat to the government. I'm a 22, young black male who's very aware and enlightened of what's going on in this country," he said. "Not only am I aware, but I'm sharing it with my fans. I'm a big threat, I'm not scared, this is what I was put on Earth for."
Joey Bada$$ also discusses conscious rap vs. mumble rap, his favorite Anime series and delivers a message to anyone thinking about committing suicide. Check out his 20-minute interview above.