Joey Bada$$ Says It Will Take $3 Million For A Major Label To Sign Him

Joey Bada$$ wants low seven-figures before he and Cinematic Entertainment will take on a label partner.

Brooklyn, New York emcee Joey Bada$$ has publicly spoken of his opting to pass on an offer to sign to Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint. The Pro Era leader and Cinematic Entertainment artist recently elaborated on the type of offer he is seeking to join a major-backed label.

The Village Voice recently asked Joey about the terms he is seeking, "Three million [dollars]. Off the top," said the emcee who is putting the finishing touches on his Summer Knights mixtape. Asked if he was truly serious and inclined to sign anywhere that could match such an offer, he said, "Hell yeah. [It would] get my Mom out the hood."

Currently, Cinematic Entertainment has a distribution deal with Sony Red, a division of Sony Records, which is a major label. However, fellow artists on the indie are backed by other labels, such as Big K.R.I.T., who is signed to Def Jam Records, and Smoke Dza, who released his 2012 Rugby Thompson album with Harry Fraud on Nature Sound Records.

The full Village Voice interview published today.

RELATED: Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights Mixtape Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist

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104 Comments

  • Anonymous

    DO your thing Joey. It sounds like he has some wise people around him, and not some hungry niggas telling him to go for the first deal that comes his way.

  • Anonymous

    sooner or later he'll sign to a major

  • Anonymous

    In other words, he really don't want a major deal. Independent is better for him anyway, his fans like his style the way it is and if he went major the label would try to change him to what his fanbase hates.

  • DEEZNUTS

    Stay independent homeboy. If $3 million was offered to him, the label is requesting a 360 deal in return.

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7fibtRFnLs

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H28uibSLdfg

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPBKtyE0X9U

  • Jay

    Being distributed by a company owned or part-owned by a major label is nothing like being signed to to one, not even close really.

  • PuCho

    He aint signing to no label, he said in an interview with allhiphop saying that he aint sign to roc nation cause he wanted to stay independent start from the ground up and start his own record label.

  • zxsss4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8tr4DjVaM

  • foreal

    he is decent, better then some out here rapping now. but a little buzz will not equate to record sales. i do not think a respectable label will give him that $$

  • JOEY TRIPPIN

    id rather give the 3million dollars to the poors rather than spend them my self...thhis nigga tripping

  • zxsss4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • sqb

    I CANT BELIEVE HOW PEOPLE ARE HATING ON THIS STAR, WOW. WHAT ARE YOU NIGGAS BUSY BEING GREAT AT?

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  • 666

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/2EtfZocT0Fo/mqdefault.jpg

  • MICHEAL MYERS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhCD8Bc_02c

  • jasonnn

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf6iHwKJrrk

  • Anonymous

    Yeah you'll never get that. If any major label even considering signing they aren't anymore (that and they are delusional). With major-label backing and massive industry features this guy would not do more than 30k first week.

  • Anonymous

    Lol. Good luck with that, Joe.

  • Anonymous

    this dude is waaaaaaay over-hyped...

  • Anonymous

    Sorry but this kid is nuts if he thinks a label would pay him that much. Hell I say even 1 million is pushing it for someone so underground as him.

  • Why?

    Im sorry. Is it 1995 again? Why would a label pay that kind of money to a kid who makes a style of music that doesn't sell anymore?

  • FREDDYYY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYPoDFil1r0

  • JASONNN

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUTprEuD7o

  • Rechee

    Lmao. No rapper gets a million dollars let alone 3 million.

  • Rap Fan

    No music executive is going to give a rapper a multi-million dollar deal after the Chief Keef/Krayshawn fiasco. Buzz online does not equal record sales. The same thing will happen to Joey Badass like what happened to other online artists who can't sell.

  • Anonymous

    joey is a mush mouthed poser geek. cant even talk. in alternative music, musicians that strive to sound like someone else are called "cover bands". they usually suck. this is joey in rap. these kids raised off of retard rappers think hes nice, but ppl raised off good rap know he fucking stinks. his flow is trash. his voice sucks. his delivery is garbage. hes a marble mouthed wannabe that sounds like he raps with food in his mouth. he cant pick a decent beat to save his life. he goes for minimalistic sample based production that stinks because production today is wack. he would sign to a major for $100,000. hes just spouting off to cater to these idiots that think hes the "future". rap really is for dumb people. this kid isn't deep, original, or interesting. he does nothing new and will get outworked by the guys he strives to sound like even today. old niggas like o.c., masta ace, killah priest, canibus, etc. that wont get 1/10 of the acclaim of this wannabe today will still decimate him on the microphone without breaking a sweat. this kid got baited into a battle with lil b through a twitter exchange. again, rap today appeals to very dumb ppl. joey is one of them.

    • Ni

      Thats the thing nimrod, he's tryna be like Slum village and tribe called quest, and tbh he's terrible at it! Btw its not a generation thing, I'm 18 and still thinks he sucks. I know local rappers same age as him doing the exact same shit he wanna do, at least they can actually rap

    • nimrod

      plus he's worked with pete rock, alchemist, dj premier, qtip, and has done shit over madlib and DOOM instrumentals.

    • nimrod

      I want to agree with you because this kid wouldn't stand a chance against the mc's you listed, but idk I kind of like this kids music. Maybe it's a generation thing...im 20

  • wouzi

    joey deserved even more than that

  • Anonymous

    ive never check out any of his music, should i check it out? but yall should check out B.Hudson, hes been releasing new eps every month this year and they all go hard. I just recently found out who he was dudes dope, check him out, He just released his newest ep today 'July' maybe his best one yet. i found his music over on www. hiphopgood. com

  • Anonymous

    You aint gon get no 3 mill now days.....unless u white

  • Anonymous

    Fuck the labels, he's doing just fine now without them. Anyway what's up with this being news? He said he wanted 3 mill to sign on his song Unorthodox which dropped months ago now

  • Anonymous

    its called knowing what youre worth

  • niggaraci

    Joey Weaka$$. This fool shoulda took that cash real quick like a real niggroe would do. He outta his mind if he think someone givin him 3mili

  • YESSIR

    TOO BAD LIL B ENDED JOEY'S CAREER!

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzBh55tD_eg

  • Anonymous

    Why do people like Joey Bada$$ 1990's style? Didn't yall get enough of that in the 90's? That decades barely a decade old, thats not even old enough to be considered old school yet! To me that shit is just out of date.

    • wakawakadudes

      you sir are quite simply an idiot. not one of these records in the last 13 years could amount to any of the 90s classics. you still got dudes writing to the shit hoping they can do the same thing. fuck outta here.

  • Anonymous

    joey got bars hope he stays undergground

  • datnikkdatkilledu

    JOEY IS THE BEST

  • datnikkdatkilledu

    he will get paid big.BECAUSE HE WILL MAKE IT BIG.

  • Anonymous

    he wont move major units that's for sure... he should and will stay independent like Mac Miller

  • Lost a fan

    This nigga is a CLOWN! Nigga ain't even a star yet and he sayin some stupid shit. I wonder how many other artist are laughing their asses off at him. What a disgrace.

    • Jon Doe You Hoe

      Your mad because he has his standards set? who the fuck would want to settle for less if they can possibly get more.. stfu

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      Fuck Both oh ya'll joey deserve 3 or more millions of dollars. he will be the best ever, its just a matter of time.

    • Anonymous

      true that. fame getting to his head and he ain't even made a hit yet.

  • Anonymous

    3 million bucks. u have to be able to go platinum singles and albums and sell out shows to sign that kind of deal. this kid doesnt know nothing know what the business game. 50 signed for 1million dollars, upfront (he got the money cash) . Now, 50s deal is different from ASAP ROCKY and Chief Keef's deal because they didnt get that money upfront and if they stop selling records or selling out shows in the __ years, the label aint giving them no money. if u are thinking ASAP rocky got 6 million dollars in their account after they signed think again, plus their deals were 360

    • gerry

      yes u are right. they don't give you the money upfront. they give you an initial advance then if u keep selling records and selling out shows they keep advancing you till they total the amount of deal you signed in a number of years. if your album flops and you lose your fan base no money for you. chief keef got a good deal. 6 million for three years and his 1st advance was 440 grand.

  • Anonymous

    Even if a major was dumb enough to give him 3 million dollars, he'd just have to turn around and pay it back once the album flopped. I can understand him wanting to get his family out the hood, but those golden opportunities that were being handed out before like Pez aren't being handed out as much anymore.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga dumb as hell. peep the interview and see his response to gentrifying. he probably don't know what that meant because every one from the hood is against gentrification.

  • Anonymous

    yeah right. i'm sure Jay Z didnt want him at roc nation he can't make radio singles.

    • Anonymous

      How could you ever market someone with the name Bad@ss unless he changes his name lol

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      His mixtape is wack? thats because you dont understand joey and his lyrics you must be one of does dumb asses that cant talk.well anyways get a life and stop hating on real hip hop go suck a dick or twerk your ass to some gay wayne or soemthing. you just mad that joey will be a the top very soon.

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      actually jayz invited joey to talk contracts, but joey denied it so learn your facts before spitting shit like you mom

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Joey I know its you. UR new mixtape wack.

    • Anonymous

      you fucking dumb fuck the reason why he doesnt have a hit is because he isnt sign with nobody yet.LEARN FAG LEARN BEFORE YOU START HATING ALL OVER THIS ARTICLE OHH YEAHH YOU ALREADY DID , FUCK YOU FUCKING HATER GO FUCK YOURSELF DUMB FUCK

  • Anonymous

    "Hell yeah. [It would] get my Mom out the hood." you say sellout?

  • 3 mill?

    Which ever label signs him is just wasting cash.. so many ny artist sound like him! From the past tho

  • tha OG

    He deserves more than 3 million like about 10 million that nigga got talent!!!

    • Anonymous

      How about .50 cents? I bet millions of people have no clue who this dude is.

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      i know right, they just HATING BECAUSE JOEY IS GOING TO GET MAD MONEY AND THEY STILL POOR AS HELL tryna make it big. LOL is funny to see people cry of envy.

  • Anonymous

    Drake > Joey Badass

    • Anonymous As Well

      @datnikkadatkilledu Straight raging, coming live from the tip of Joey's Dick, calm down pumpkin everyone is entitled to their own opinion, oh and I think you missed a "Fuck you" in your comment.

    • Anonymous Too

      @datnikkadatkilledu Damn, homie! I can see you throwin' shit around your bedroom and punchin' the walls when you was typin' that shit LMFAO!!!!

    • Anonymous

      nah drake as wack as will smith

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF.............ARE YOU KIDDING MY ASS FUCK YOU I WANT TO KILL YOU, YOU FAG SON OF A BITCH GO SUCK DRAKE'S DICK. HE IS NOT EVEN A RAPPER HE IS A SINGER FROM GAY DEGRASSI FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU.please stop trolling all over the greatest ever joey's article.pleasseeeee you fucking fag.

  • Anonymous

    another young promise ready to sell hes soul to satan.. well i guess its heaven versus tom ford and this man chooses tom ford..

  • Anonymous

    huh -_- stfu he ain't signed nutin

  • Anonymous

    New York is expensive as hell! All it take is 200k less than that hell for me to live in a better community loL

  • kjl

    I hope they will never sign him. Joey is too good for a remix with T-Pain and Gay-Z.

  • Beast

    3 mill? For a outdated rapper? Yeah right bruh I don't see him switching to mainstream because he doesn't have that grip. All he does is NY 90s hiphop.

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      Another thing is you talking about trap gay music thats south shit. joey's hip hop is real hip hop from the east coast,hip hop has different sub genres.no your shit before saying shit.OHH AND BY THE WAY LIKE PREMIER SAID "EVERYBODY LOVES HIM",AND HIS BEATS ARE PRETTY DOPE YOU KNOW FOR TO LISTEN, NOT TO SHAKE YOUR ASS YOU FUCKING FAG.

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      not really he is trying to bring back hip hop just like kendrick, j cole, OF,flatbush zombies etc i think he will make it big because he is trying to do his own thing, unique.fuck you if you hating go twerk to one of does lil wayne gay shit. FUCK YOU.

  • Anonymous

    He's not getting that money. lol