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Head Of The Class: Joey Bada$$ Speaks To NYU Students

Professor Bada$$ has a great ring to it.

“I feel like Malcolm X," said Pro Era MC Joey Bada$$ at his lecture for New York University students on Friday, Feb. 19 entitled "Pioneering Hip Hop," according to XXL.

The 21-year-old discussed his life and how he has worked his way up in his career as an independent artist to a crowd of about 300 students.

"You know, I follow my heart,” Bada$$ said about his foray into the business as an independent artist. “I follow the path that I'm supposed to be on. Stay independent if you're pursuing music." The Pro Era collective reportedly sat front and center at the event, supporting their creative cohort.

The last thing Joey did was spit an impromptu verse for the audience and deliver a personal inquiry about any other schools in need of a guest speaker. His next stop is Harvard University next week.

Check out clips of the lecture below.

Here's me giving my first lecture at NYU. So thankful for the opportunity. #SAVETHECHILDREN #47SHIFT #PROERA

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