Who Is Joey Bada$$?

Working With Mac Miller

“He had just tweeted like, ‘Yo, I just heard some Joey Bada$$, that shit was grimy as fuck.’ And I was just overly elated from then. So I was trying to get in contact with him, but we had no direct contact. So I was just on standby, like, if he really about that he’s gonna reach out to me.

“So then he hit me up on Twitter, and he sent me his number. I called him, but it was the Woodie Awardsweekend, so shit didn’t work out. Then eventually, he called me, and we chopped it up. Then he sent me the track [for ‘America,’] and I had like two days to complete it, because he was dropping the tape in like two days.

 

I’m a fan. He’s definitely a guy that our generation is looking up to right now. Who else is doing it as big as Mac Miller independently?

 

“I’m a fan. He’s definitely a guy that our generation is looking up to right now. Who else is doing it as big as Mac Miller independently?

“[Opening up for Mac at Roseland Ballroom] was dope. That was like three thousand kids. That was our first big venue, and we rocked that shit. You would’ve thought those people knew us. A couple [knew who I was]. As I was walking in, they were like, ‘Oh, Joey Bada$$ walked past me.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not a star.’ [Laughs.]

“I went like 60/40 with STEEZ. We did ‘Survival Tactics’ and ‘Talking Shit,’ then I did a couple songs, then he did ‘Vibe Ratings.’ We snuck in ‘Cab Fare.’ They were feeling us OD, so we put on another track. The stage manager was bitchin’, but we were like, ‘Fuck it.’ [Laughs.] I know Mac wasn’t trippin’.

“I wish [we performed ‘America’ with Mac and Case Veggies that night]. But we shot the video for it later that night. [Casey Veggies wasn’t at the show], but at the video shoot we linked up. I didn’t get home until like five o’clock in the morning.”

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