Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ recently sat down with Ebro, Peter Rosenburg, and Laura Stylez on Ebro in The Morning to talk about his upcoming debut album, B4.DA.$$.
During the 30-minute interview, Bada$$ had a lot to say, not just about his album, but about "becoming the change [he] wanted to see" in hip-hop. He also touches on the Instagram photo of Malia Obama wearing a Pro Era T-Shirt that's caused a stir recently, and the deaths of two of his closest friends, Junior (his cousin and manager) and Capital STEEZ.
The 19-year-old (who will celebrate his 20th birthday on January 20th, the release date of his debut album) offered up some insightful messages about the current state of his genre and how he hopes it will get better:
Hip-hop is the biggest music genre in the world right now -- for the last 15 years if you will. You feel me? Us, as a culture, we really need to sit down and really figure out what we're doing wrong. Because it's a lot of things we're doing wrong. This being the biggest music genre, it affects a lot of people. Music is something that affects people psychologically. And I do believe that the higher powers is extorting us brothers out here -- like making gangsta rap the face of this hip-hop thing [...] The music that comes out, the music that y'all playing on this radio, that y'all supporting everyday really is affecting these kids.
Check out the full interview above because, as Bada$$ said himself, "listening to Pro Era makes you smarter." Also listen to Joey Bada$$'s latest single "No. 99" right here on Zumic.
For more music, news, and tour dates from Joey Bada$$, check out his Zumic artist page.
Source: HOT 97 YouTube Channel