Label They Almost Signed To: Roc Nation
Label They Ended Up Signing To: Cinematic Music Group
Circa: 2012

In a little over a year, Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ has gone from a promising upstart to a legitimate force in the rap game. That rise kicked off when a video of him freestyling caught the attention of Jonny Snipes of Cinematic Music Group, who quickly scooped him up. That relationship doesn’t mean that Joey hasn’t come close to signing elsewhere. On A$AP Rocky’s “1 Train,” one line from Joey’s show stealing verse had everyone talking. He says, “Just got back to the block from a 6 o’clock with Jigga/And I’m thinking ‘bout signing to the Roc.” He later elaborated on Complex’s own Combat Jack Show, where he talked about the actual meeting and how psyched he was when Jay told him, "'Yo, that 'Waves' track, that is it right there.'"