Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew took over SOB's last night in front of a packed house. Afterwards, Bada$$ took time out to take some flicks with his fans while just about everyone on the sidewalk gave him daps for a solid performance. While chilling with his friends, he gave us a quick update on the reception of his highly regarded 1999 mixtape, Hit-Boy co-signing him on Twitter, thoughts on securing a spot on the 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far), and the Pro Era project in the works.
Interview By Eric Diep (@E_Diep)
On the reception of 1999:
"It’s been a lot of great feedback. I just remain humble about it. I just try to stay off the Internet because I don’t want it to alter my motives and my next move. I want people to think of me as very unpredictable. People never know my next move, so I stay away from all that.
"I wouldn’t call it '90s rap, since it's 2012, but I’m very influenced by '90s music. When I was a baby, I feel like I captured it all. I just soaked it in, as a baby, at a young age. Listened to my moms and my pops play it and fell in love with the culture. I’m just student of the game.
"I stopped using my Facebook. I don’t know. It’s crazy—people try to change you and shit. I’m not with that. I stay true to myself. I read reviews. I pay attention to what bloggers say. I can’t really explain it [Laughs.] I just try to stay off the Internet. I definitely know they are enjoying it. I am still young and I got my whole life ahead of me. This is only the beginning. I just remembered that. It’s only the beginning."
On Hit-Boy co-signing him on Twitter:
"Yeah, he was showing some love. I just watched the video that he put out when he was rapping. I kind of had a feeling that he would hit me up after that. And he hit me up, it was weird. He was like, “Yo, I bump your shit.” And he was showing love. It feels good because that just brings me one step closer to Jay. That’s what everybody from Brooklyn tries to accomplish—to meet Jay. To be acknowledged. That’s one of my main goals to be acknowledged by Jay. I already did a couple interviews with Life + Times and stuff like that, so he’s gotta be watching."
On Being Number 8 on the 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far):
"Yo, it was an honor to be on that list. It was an honor. It wasn’t only hip-hop. That means a lot. It really gave me a lot of inspiration to really keep it moving. Next year, I want to be number one."
On the Pro Era project:
"We got it in the works right now. It’s going to be coming soon. I can’t say [how many tracks we’ve done.] People are going to get it when they get it."