Is it possible to know what kind of person someone is based solely on the music they listen to? If you ask Joey Bada$$, the answer is yes.
During a recent guest appearance with VFILES, the Pro Era emcee explained how music can mold the man (or woman).
"I believe that music has the power to fully mold a person," Bada$$ said to moderator Wes Moore. "I can tell what kind of person you are based on the music you listen to. Straight up. If all you listen to is trap shit, nine times out of 10, you a trap nigga. Or you wanna be a trap nigga. If you listen to a whole bunch of Erykah Badu, nine times out of 10, you're a very spiritual person."
Although Joey didn't cite any specific studies that support his position that music has the power to mold a person, subsequently shaping his or her behavior, those studies do exist. According to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, music does a profound effect on listeners—in particular, young listeners—which can lead to risky behavior and alter personality.
While a person's taste in music can paint a picture of who they are as an individual, the era of the playlist has made the painting a lot less accurate.
Over the past 15 years, as trap music has become more mainstream, its one-time southern base has expanded into white suburban homes. Although Joey would like to believe that nine out of 10 trap music listeners are living or pursuing the lifestyle heard in the music, the follower count (7.6 million) of Spotify's RapCaviar—a playlist that is made up of nearly 90% trap records—suggests that trap music, for a large swath of the listening populace, is merely the most popular hip-hop sub-genre at the moment.