Joey Bada$$ Says He Inspired JAY-Z’s ‘4:44′ Album
While JAY-Z’s 4:44 album continues to cause tremors in the hip-hop world, one Brooklyn MC is taking credit for being one of Hov’s inspirations for his latest body of work.
“I know I was an inspiration to that album. There’s nothing nobody can tell me,” Joey Bada$$ said during an interview with Montreality. After gushing about his influence, the “Legendary” MC elaborated on how his candid subject matter has had a trickle-up effect on veteran rappers.
“I put certain pressure on these OGs in the rap game, like they know what they gotta talk about now, cause they got this young ni**a Joey Bada$$ comin’ out, talking about this sh*t before they got the chance to talk about it,” he said. Finally, Bada$$ saluted Hov for his efforts on his 13th solo release. “I love the album, it’s great. I’m glad he spoke about everything he spoke on and I’m glad I could be inspirational.”
Earlier this year, Bada$$ dished out his take on America’s political system with his sophomore album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. Tracks like “Land of the Free” and “For My People” allowed Joey to voice his disdain for the nation’s desire for corruption.
Check out his interview below.
This article was originally published on Billboard.