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By: / December 26, 2012

GET TO KNOW THE BK’S YOUNGEST RAP KING

NAME: Jo-Vaughn J Virginia

BORN: January 30, 1995

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY

CLAIM TO FAME: 1999 mixtape; “Survival Tactics”

FIRST CONCERT: Scream Tour II. I was a Lil Bow Wow fan, yo [Laughs]

BIRTH OF “BADA$$”L I was skating and somebody across the street screamed, “Yo, badass!” They were talking to somebody else, but I was like, word

ESSENTIAL FASHION PIECE: I feel empty [without] a watch

GREATEST ’90s SITCOM: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

MY ‘HOOD TAUGHT ME: You always gotta have your guard up

THE BIGGIE, JAY-Z OR NAS CONUNDRUM: When you say best, I gotta say Jay. His lines are most complex; that’s what I’m into. Flow-wise—Biggie. Substantial-type shit—Nas

A TRUE CONSPIRACY THEORY: Illuminati

FAST FOOD OBSESSION: Early morning McDonalds. That number four [meal]—sausage, egg and cheese biscuit—is irresistible

FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT: Math… until I saw trigonometry

MOST CLASSIC KICKS: Air Jordan Raptor 7s, the ’02 version

ULTIMATE GOAL: To not lose my mind. This industry, I’ve seen it happen

WHY I’M ABOUT TO BLOW: I see a new era. It’s going to be a great change—the game is going back to where you really gotta be nice. I’m waking up all the old niggas and telling them to start rapping again, to stop bullshitting on the radio. Skill is skill, no matter how old you are. I’m definitely going to be the sharpest.