There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the April release of Joey Bada$$' forthcoming album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$—we outlined five of them last week—but in a new interview with Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener on their Beats 1 show OTHERtone, the Pro Era leader just gave us another.
After admitting that his views and opinions on the album about politics, the U.S. government, President Trump and the media could get him "blackballed" by the music industry, Joey explained why he feels it's important to speak up and be a leader for his generation. "As a young musician, I feel really responsible to, you know, speak for the people who don't have a voice," said Joey.
While it's commonplace for artists to express a desire to effect change through their music (see: The Weeknd), Joey has already backed up his words with the delivery of pre-release single "Land of the Free."
"I'm obviously planning on doing way more, but it starts with the conversation, informing the world," he continued.
As for the music itself, perhaps the most impressive declaration made by the Brooklyn native was in reference to his growth as an artist from the beginning of his career to present day.
"Before I was rapping to beats. This album I really learned how to make music. I brought this musician in, and this musician in, and brought 'em together, orchestratin' the whole thing, the whole sound."
This isn't the first interview during which Joey has expressed his maturation from rapper to fully-formed artist, and with an upcoming media blitz scheduled in the lead-up to A.A.B.A., it probably won't be the last, but ultimately, Joey knows the music must do the talking.
That conversation will begin on April 7, when A.A.B.A. is released for stream and digital purchase.
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