Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American hip hop recording artist and actor. Let’ see some interesting facts and trivia about him!
1.His real name is Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott.
2. He was born on January 20, 1995.
3. He was the first of his immediate Caribbean family to be born in the United States
4. His family originated from the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean on his mother’s side.
5. He is Jamaican on his father’s side.
6. He was born in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
7. He was raised in Bed-Stuy and attended the Edward R. Murrow High School.
8. He originally enrolled at Edward R. Murrow to study acting, but transitioned towards music around the time of 9th grade, with a focus on rapping.
9. He started rapping under the name “JayOhVee”, but eventually changed it to Joey Badass.
10. He says that the name change is due to the media’s focus on rappers with more cynical names.
11. Joey Badass claims to have first started writing poetry and songs at the age of 11.
12. He formed the collective known as Progressive Era, or Pro Era for short, in high school with classmates Capital Steez, CJ Fly and Powers Pleasant.
13. In October 2010, Badass uploaded a video of himself freestyling to video-sharing website YouTube. The video was re-posted on to American hip hop site World Star Hip Hop and caught the attention of Jonny Shipes, the president of Cinematic Music Group and manager of Big K.R.I.T. & Smoke DZA
14. Shipes contacted Badass through Twitter and shortly became his manager. The Pro Era collective have since signed with the label.
15. In early 2012, Badass and Capital Steez released a video for “Survival Tactics” via their YouTube channel “PROfckingERA”, which samples the 2000 Fold song of the same name by Styles of Beyond. In February 2012, Pro Era released their debut mixtape entitled The Seccs Tape.
16. On March 21, 2012, MTV News featured Badass’s verse from the video during a RapFix Live segment and subsequently appeared as a featured guest on Sucker Free the following month. The song was succeeded with the video premiere of “Hardknock” featuring CJ Fly on MTV2.
17. American rapper Mac Miller reached out to Badass through Twitter to collaborate. Badass appeared on the song “America” and opened for Miller at the Roseland Ballroom in April 2012
18. On October 15, 2013, it was revealed that Badass would release his first commercial project on October 29, 2013 via Cinematic Music Group, Relentless Records and RED Distribution. The project was a seven track EP, the Summer Knights EP. It featured four songs from the mixtape of the same name, and three new songs including a remix.
19. Upon release, the EP debuted at number 48 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
20. On March 4, 2016, Badass will make his acting debut in the second season of the TV series Mr. Robot where he was cast in the recurring role of Leon who is a close friend of Elliot from the neighborhood
21. In January 2015, Badass was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly breaking a security guard’s nose before performing at the Falls Festival in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
22. In an interview with XXL, Badass stated that he was influenced by Nas, Tupac Shakur, Black Thought, MF DOOM, J Dilla, Andre 3000, Jay-Z, and Notorious B.I.G.
23. He has also been compared to Nas “during his Illmatic” era.