Joey Bada$$ On "B4.Da.$$" Album: "Expect Pure Greatness"

Joey Bada$$ also says "I don't think anybody wants to rap battle me right now."

Joey Bada$$ has been prepping the material on his upcoming album, B4.Da.$$, which he says will contain some unexpected elements.

"Definitely a few surprises," Bada$$ says of what fans can expect from his album during an interview with Topman. "But you can just expect pure greatness, you know, I’m really putting my all into this." 

Joey's album, set to be released this year, is one that will stand as a statement against his detractors, he says. 

"Generally I don’t think I get the respect that I deserve, but I’m not one to complain," the New York emcee says. "I’m just gonna show and prove, so that’s what I’m gonna do with this album." 

This album is also set to be a statement about the rapper's freedom to express himself without too much outside influence. 

"I’m the type of artist that needs full creative control," he says. "I can’t have anybody dictate what I want to do. I have my own ideas when it comes to marketing strategies and things like that so I’m just like all independent." 

Beyond being an independent emcee, Bada$$ also says he is a balanced person, a trait he elaborates on when asked about how he deals with the pressures of the music industry. 

"Well, I just keep good people around me," he says. "I can tell right from wrong, and I can tell what’s hype and not hype [laughs]. Other people get jerked up in the hype, but I’m not even like that." 

When Bada$$ mentions "other people," he may be referencing other artists. Nevertheless, the emcee says he has no plans to battle anybody in the industry soon.

"I don’t think anybody wants to rap battle me right now," he says when asked who he'd want to battle. "I would definitely love to cypher with a few people but I’m not really a battler, that’s not really my thing. I like to just add to the pie."

Bada$$ mentioned B4.Da.$$ during a HipHopDX interview in 2013, noting that the project would be released the following year. At the time, he discussed his songwriting as personal. “I just write for myself,” Joey said at the time. “It’s a lot of things that boost it, or keeps it moving, or charges it, that keeps me motivated, but that’s what it is most of the time. Pressure is like steam that burst; I just take it in and release it.” 

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  • DrebinSlevin

    "No one wants to rap battle me" Please, his diss to Lil B was wack and his Control response was among one of the worst. Summer Knights was also poor compared to 1999. This album better be the new Illmatic or him and Pro Era will be forgotten.

    • mez

      Yea Pro Era and Joey has been slowly losing their buzz since 1999 and peep. Joey needs to stop experimenting with his voice and shit the way he's been and drop a crazy dope album.

    • MC YeFFa

      lol get outta here. it doesn't take much to diss the Basegod fool. Control response, that was written well before Kdot put that out. Sounds like you getting caught in the hype bro. i'll give you that though, Summer Knights was alight to 1999 and as far you thinking the new illmatic LoL, your setting yourself up for disaster. Your comments are all irrelevant

  • Anonymous

    I heard officer ricky put a real nigga behind bars#free trick dady

  • Anonymous

    Ok, slow your roll, dog. You finally coming out with an album so don't go fucking it up saying it's a classic or some type of cocky shit like that. Stay humble.

  • Anonymous

    thats the guy to bring ny back cant wait til the album drop!!

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