With the amount of success Joey Bada$$ has already managed to accomplish without the backing of a major deal, there’s no telling if he’d ever consider selling his royal oats for a major at this point—well, because, he’s done rather great without it. Riding high off the re-release of his critically acclaimed project Summer Knights now available on iTunes, the head honcho of the Pro Era crew granted Miami publication Crossfade an exclusive interview where he candidly opens up about a whole range of topics. From his mom’s cooking and tour life, to his favorite foods, and memories in Brooklyn, there was nothing off limits. Much later in the conversation, he discusses what he’d be doing if he wasn’t rapping, the creation of his much anticipated album B4.Da.$$, perfecting and fine tuning it as a whole, and how he’s in no rush to release it to the masses. Here goes a few quotes extracted from the chat:
Crossfade: You’re on the Smokers Club Tour with Ab-Soul and the whole crew. What’s been one of the best moments so far?
Joey Badass: Probably the Santa Ana show. It was sold out, and there was a lot of energy.
What’s something you can’t live without on the road?
Music. Just a lot of beats. Beats I’m making, other people making, [beats by] Kirk Knight.
What’s the best part about growing up in Brooklyn?
Probably the food, and the people.
Best food in Brooklyn?
West Indian food.
Like your mom’s food?
I know you’re into poetry and acting and astronomy. What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?
I’d probably be in the NBA.
How is the debut album going? Are you at a point yet where you can compare it to the mixtapes?
It’s moving along pretty well. I’m really just taking my time, you know. Just moving on steady, real steady with it. I’m not forcing anything. I’m pretty much, you know, letting everything come to me.
Do you have a date yet for when it’ll come out?
Nah. Like Q2, Q3 of next year.
Can you tell me any of the other people you’ll have on the album?
No, because I want it to be a surprise.