Joey Fatts spoke with XXL about being homeless after going on tour.
“After Chipper Jones 2, I went out on tour with [A$AP] Ferg,” Joey Fatts says in the interview that was published Wednesday (January 7). “That was hard for me. Like, I made a little money, but not enough to go pay rent somewhere, feel me? I started bugging out because I had just gotten to see the world. Living good in hotels and shit, traveling. Being in front of my fans and new ones. To go from that to the harsh reality that I was still sleeping in my car? We got a little bit of money, but it wasn’t what we needed to go pay a deposit at a place and then pay monthly. So I’m back at square one.”
Fatts said that he was able to crash with A$AP Rocky, but didn’t want to be a burden.
“I stayed with Rocky for a few months at his place out here in Cali,” Fatts says. “ I just kind of felt like a burden on him, so I only stayed for like three or four months. He was never there anyway, he was only there for like three weeks while I was. I just didn’t want to be a burden. I felt like I had to get out on my own. That’s how I always felt. That’s why I was homeless. I just need to get it on my own. I know my brothers got me, but I just gotta get this shit. I’m gonna be real. I’ve only been rapping two years. I don’t think I’m the best nigga out here, but I’m working.”
Fatts, released Chipper Jones Vol. 3 in August, which featured A$AP Rocky on the track “Keep It G Pt. II.”
The 22-year-old Long Beach, California emcee that his relationship with rapper Freddie Gibbs helped him avoid a gritty scenario.
“Freddie stopped me from killing somebody, man,” he says. “It was over some bullshit. Niggas tried to jump me. He made me think about it. He said, ‘Let’s get out of here,’ telling me it wasn’t worth it. It was just some randoms, too. That’s why I just don’t go out no more. Niggas will try you, and I’m not the type of nigga… I just stay out the way now.”
Fatts upcoming project Ill Street Blues will feature a verse from Vince Staples
“Vince is my cousin, first and foremost,” Fatts says. “Back around the time when my brother got shot—I think it was around 4/20 in 2012—Vince and me were both sleeping in the hood, nowhere else to really go but the trap. All my clothes and shit were in my car. I was sleeping in my car, Vince would usually find some place in the hood to crash. Vince is family. He showed me that all this shit was possible.”