Joey Bada$$ Wants To Bring New York's Essence Back

Joey Bada$$ wants his music to have the same New York vibe as landmark work from Jay-Z, Smif-N-Wessun, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest.

Joey Bada$$ is from Brooklyn and wants his music to reflect the vibe of New York's streets. "Just being from here, just walking these streets everyday, it's just a type of aura and essence that you feel," Joey Bada$$ says during an interview with The Combat Jack Show. "And then, just going back and listening to albums like [Jay-Z's] Reasonable Doubt, Smif-N-Wessun's shit, Nas Illmatic, [A] Tribe [Called Quest], all that shit, you actually feel the same vibes in the music in these streets. At least I do. So I took all of that in." 

Even though he says he declined an opportunity to sign with Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint, Joey Bada$$ has been soaking up game and learning from Jay-Z and Tribe's Q-Tip, among others, as he continues his independent grind. He's released the acclaimed 1999 and Rejex mixtapes in 2012 and is gearing up for the release of his debut studio album, B4.Da.$$

Joey Bada$$ got his start when he was in ninth grade and posted a video of him freestyling on YouTube, with hopes that it would get posted on WorldstarHipHop. "Just maybe I could rap in front of a camera and just maybe it would be good enough and just maybe it will get on Worldstar and just maybe somebody will discover me from that," the 18-year-old rapper says during the interview. "And that's exactly what happened." 

The clip drew the attention of manager Jonny Shipes, who also represented Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA. Joey Bada$$ and his The Pro Era crew soon signed with Shipes. 

Today, Joey Bada$$ marvels at the power of the Internet and how it launched his career. "I got on through the Internet and people from all around the world knew about me before people in my neighborhood did," he says.

RELATED: Joey Bada$$ Explains Remaining Independent, Not Signing To Roc Nation

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37 Comments

  • Afi K. James

    I Don't think NY Rap will ever get back on top again, because we have another problem, his name is 50 cent.

  • Anonymous

    And he will. Joeys style is ill and he is mad skilled.

  • records N tapes

    I still blame Funk Master Flex for this mess.

  • zzzxs9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SCtyEOJy0A

  • Anonymous

    And trust me, if you're from New York you've probably just gotten used to the smell. It is horrible. I'm from Minneapolis and it smells like roses here compared to New York.

  • Anonymous

    The essence of New York is rotting garbage, filthy bums, and exhaust fumes. Easily the worst smelling city I've ever been to. How can everyone from New York act like it's the best city in the world when they can't even keep it clean and presentable to tourists? And they also act like they're special because they're from New York. There are over 8 million people there! You are more likely to run into someone from New York City than any other city in America! What's so special about that?

  • Anonymous

    he just need a dj and he got statik so its all good hope he can save the essence of hip hop

  • Anonymous

    WE WAS IN THE ICE AGE OFF HIP HOP ONCE THE ICE (BLING) MELTS AWAY THE TRU ESSENCE WILL COME BACK

  • july 1st

    lyrics are like puzzles hope hes not missing any pieces

  • real hip hop essence

    he gotta flow right no broken bars

  • Anonymous

    all he gotta do is stay tru and step the bars up

  • zxsss4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExH5VU5iq9Q

  • StarFox64

    thats the problem, dudes tryna get rich off of shit that people already did...

  • Dick B

    Is this a legit story?

  • zxss4

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

  • Maine

    NY MUSIC IS A DONE DEAL, NO DISRESPECT.

    • saint

      A$AP Rocky & A$AP Mob French Montana Troy Ave Joey Bada$$ & PRO ERA Flatbush ZOMBiES The Underachievers Bodega BAMZ Smoke DZA Phony Ppl World's Fair Jay-Z Fabolous NY got some of the hottest pop rap artists, the illest underground, 90's style and experimental artists and a couple of older cats that's still holding it down. All these rappers have generated a buzz to a certain degree.

    • Anonymous

      its getting better 2015 lyrics will be back or least a differnt game

    • Anonymous

      you wish it will all come back where it started1

  • WACK MC'S RUN AND HIDE

    NY is the birthplace of the culture. It's time to pay attention youngsters, ones that are misguided by swag bullshit. Time for real lyrics to return.

  • Catch Wreck

    Big up to PuCHO thats whats up and A HUGE big up to the R Dot com. I Hate that 808 86 sh*t. YOu can thank Master P for bring that back in 2000's. Pro Era and Low Budget crew thats it right now.

  • yeaaahh

    I wish he wouldn't! Be innovative and take hip hop to a new place instead of trying to bring back the 90s to please hip hop heads. He's got a bright future though..

    • Nu Jeruz

      He didn't say one thing about bringing back the '90s. He said he wanted to bring back the New York vibe that those classic NYC albums and artists helped define. They just happened to come out mostly in the '90s.

  • Roll Tide

    Congrats to the dude but that shit is gone and ain't coming back

  • COCA

    THIS KID DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE A CLEAR VISION, BUT AT LEAST HE'S REJECTING THE MAJORS. I REMEBER MAC MILLER WAS ALSO ABOUT THE ESSENCE AND SHIT, BUT NOW HE'S DOING TRACKS WITH A BUNCHA WACK NIGGAZ!

  • Bobyahed2dis

    I hate to say it but joey bada$$ sucks ass, his flow is garbage and his production is way too old, if he going to suceed in rap than he's gonna have to do work with lex luger and rozay!!

    • Anonymous

      Fuck off you stupid bitch,

    • Anonymous

      That "old" sound still sounds good, the current "new" sound will sound dated in a couple years, maybe months. Plus somebody from NY has to sound like they from NY everybody can't be on the same shit. You want him to sound like everybody else and that ain't working for anybody at this time.

    • The R Dot Com

      Right...maybe you missed it when he said...He wants to bring back the New York Sound...not the Dirty South sound that we have been listening too for the last 16 yrs. You know...that all to tired 808 kick, hand clap snares and weak keys that actually went out in 1986.

  • OUCH!

    Nielsen Soundscan FINAL WEEKLY ALBUM SALES 1) YEEZUS 328,800 2) BORN SINNER 297,922 One bought for a pair of sneakers and the pther is cause its the dopest album of the year so far. its a cole world.

  • PuCho

    I hope he does him and the rest of pro era are the best shot we got to bring new york hip hop back on top, the only thing he needs to improve on is his flow thats it everything else is on point.

  • Catch Wreck

    Now ya talkin. I likes Joey. R.I.P Captain Steez. #HIPHOP

  • Anonymous

    i hope he does. nice flow

  • Anonymous

    too bad this niggaz new voice is annoying. quit shouting on tracks at least damn!

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