Before the money, JoeyBada$$ was just your average inner-city kid growing up in the shadows in one of Brooklyn’s most underprivileged neighborhoods. Joey Bada$$ a.k.a. Badmon hails from the same areas where new artists, Bobby Shmurda grew up. Joey told Rosenberg that all of the things that Bobby raps about in his songs are true; he’s watched kids in his same neighborhood get forced into streetlife. He explains to the world that he had a good upbringing as a child and can relate to the social issues surrounding him and kids of the new generation.
Joey’s the co-founder of Pro Era, the hip-hop group made up of like 12 or 15 extremely talented young rappers. They’re so good that many alread established names in the game couldn’t compete at all. There’s a huge influence of 90s hip-hop and just real hardcore rap. Joey’s fans have grown and spread across a wider ranged age group. I’ve seen kids as young as 17 listen to the group on to grown men over 40. He’s so young but he spits fire. Highly intelligent as well.
In the video below, Rosenberg interviews Joey and they talk about what traditional rap is to Badmon and the effect it has on listeners. Rosenberg labels him as the first fully grown child of hip hop. Joey made 20 years old yesterday and says that he learned a lot from his mom, who was an avid listener of rap. He explains how his mom played Biggie Smalls around the house so its only right that he raps, pretty much. They also threw in the Malia Obama shirt controversy and Joey explains to the world that he wasn’t aware of what had just happened but nonetheless, another mark in hip-hop history was made.
This kid has positive messages and such a smooth way with words. Lyrically the best I’ve heard in a while and mentally creative enough to paint pictures through his raps. Keep an eye on him, he’s going far. See interview below.