The Name Joey Bada$$

“The name was something that I admit at the time would draw more attention to the listener as far as social media. My name at first was JayOhVee. But I changed it to Joey Bada$$, not just for more appeal, but there was a point in my life where I was changing the way I viewed the world. And I grew up intellectually, so I thought the name change was necessary. That’s what sounded cool at the time, what fit my mood. And now it’s just like, ‘Fuck it. It’s not really about the name. Just listen to the music.”