Joey Bada$$

born on 20/1/1995 in Brooklyn, NY, United States

Alias Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott

Joey Badass

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Joey Badass
Origin Brooklyn, New York City

Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott (born January 20, 1995),[1] better known by his stage name Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American independent hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He is a member of the hip-hop collective Pro Era, with whom he has released two mixtapes. Joey released his debut mixtape 1999 in June 2012 to critical acclaim and recognition, followed by Rejex in September, and Summer Knights on July 1, 2013. He is currently working on completing his debut studio album, B4.Da.$$ due for release in early 2014.

Early life

Jo-Vaughn Scott was born in 1995, and is the first of his immediate Jamaican family to be born in the United States. He was raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, and attended the Edward R. Murrow High School. He has three brothers and one sister. 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. He started rapping under the name "JayOhVee", but eventually changed it to Joey Badass. He says that the name change is due to the media's focus on rappers with more cynical names. Joey said it was "what sounded cool at the time, what fit my mood." [2] Joey claims to have first started writing poetry and songs at the age of 11.[2][3] He formed the collective known as Progressive Era, or Pro Era for short, in high school with fellow classmates Capital Steez, CJ Fly and Powers Pleasant.[2][4][5][6]

Music career

2010–2012: Signing to Cinematic Music

In October 2010, Joey 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. Shipes contacted Joey through Twitter and shortly became his manager. The Pro Era collective have since signed with the label.[2][3]

In early 2012, Joey and Capital Steez released a video for "Survival Tactics" via their YouTube channel "PROfckingERA", which samples the 1999 song of the same name by Styles of Beyond. In February 2012, Pro.Era released their debut mixtape entitled The Seccs Tape.[7] On March 21, 2012, MTV News featured Joey'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.[8][9][10]

2012: 1999 and rise in popularity

On June 12, 2012 Joey released his debut solo mixtape 1999. A video for the song "Waves" was released in June 2012. The mixtape immediately increased Badass's popularity in the underground scene.[11][12] The mixtape was named the 38th best album of 2012 by Complex Magazine[13] and the best mixtape of 2012 by[14] On September 6 of the same year, he released another mixtape titled Rejex which featured all the tracks that did not make it on the 1999 mixtape.[15]

Subsequently, American rapper Mac Miller reached out to Joey Badass through Twitter to collaborate. Joey appeared on the song "America" and opened for Miller at the Roseland Ballroom in April 2012.[2] Along with headliner Juicy J, Joey and Pro Era performed on The Smoker's Club's One Hazy Summer Tour, presented by Ecko Unltd. and The 30-date tour began in July 2012.[16] He was featured on the posse cut track "1 Train" off ASAP Rocky's album Long.Live.ASAP (2013) which also features Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., and Danny Brown.

In December 2012 it was rumored that Joey Badass would be signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation record label.[17][18] However in January 2013, Joey dispelled the rumors saying he would rather stay independent than sign to a major label for the time being.[19] On December 21, 2012, Pro Era released the P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse mixtape.[20] On December 24, 2012, It was announced that Capital STEEZ, a close friend of Joey and member of Pro Era, had passed away due to a suspected suicide.[21]

2013–present: Summer Knights and B4.Da.$$

On November 9, 2012 Joey released a track with Ab-Soul produced by Lee Bannon called "Enter The Void" along with "Waves". These songs were his first official releases to retail. On January 14, 2013 Joey Badass released the first single off his debut album, "Unorthodox" which is produced by DJ Premier.[22] On February 8, he released a music video featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA titled "Underground Airplay". "Underground Airplay" was featured on the Eck Unltd. mixtape. On March 5, 2013 he released the music video for "Unorthodox".[23] On March 21, 2013, he begun the Beast Coast concert tour with Pro Era, The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies. On March 26, 2013, it was announced that Joey would be a part of XXL Magazine's 2013 Freshman Class.[24]

Joey Badass recently said that his debut album is almost finished and he is considering offers on which label to release it on. He has been in the studio with DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip to work on the album.[25] On April 20, 2013, it was announced via his Twitter that Joey would title his debut album B4.Da.$$ with a release date during early 2014.[26] On April 21, it was announced that Joey would appear alongside his Pro Era crew as an opening act on Wiz Khalifa & ASAP Rocky's 2013 summer "Under The Influence Tour."[27] Other opening acts include B.o.B & Trinidad James.

On May 22, 2013 Joey Bada$$ announced the official release date of his next solo project, Summer Knights EP as June 12, release to mark the 1 year anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape, 1999. On May 28, 2013, Joey Bada$$ announced Summer Knights would no longer be an EP, but rather a full-length mixtape. Production was handled by The Alchemist, MF Doom, Oddisee, Statik Selektah, Lee Bannon, Chuck Strangers and Kirk Knight among others.[28][29] However on the announced release date, Badass revealed on Twitter that the mixtape was pushed back until July 1, 2013.[30]

On October 15, 2013, it was revealed that Joey Badass would release his first commercial project on October 29, 2013 via Cinematic Music Group, Pro Era Records and RED Distribution. The project will be a seven track EP, the Summer Knights EP. It will feature four songs from the mixtape of the same name, and three new songs including a remix.[31]


Main article: Joey Badass discography
  • 1999 (2012)
  • Summer Knights (2013)
  • B4.Da.$$ (2014)


  1. Joey Bada$$ Talks New Album, Performs With Pro Era: Video. Billboard (2013-02-26). Retrieved on 2013-08-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Isenberg, Daniel Who Is Joey Badass? Complex Mag, 05/12
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gillespie, Blake Joey Badass Impose Magazine, 6/11/12
  4. Markman, Rob Joey Badass 1999 MTV, 4/3/12
  5. Joey Badass Urban Outfitters, retrieved 9/26/12
  6. Badami, Anthony Joey Badass Interview Magazine, retrieved 9/26/12
  7. The Seccs Tape The Smokers Club, 2/14/12
  8. Dukes, Rahman Hard Knock Video MTV, 5/27/12
  9. Markman, Rob RapFix Live MTV, 3/26/12
  10. Isenberg, Daniel Joey Badass Sucker Free Complex Mag, 5/2/12
  11. Caramanica, Jon New Releases New York Times, 7/29/12
  12. Zeichner, Naomi Waves Video The Fader, 6/2/12
  13. 38. Joey Bada$$, 1999 The 50 Best Albums of 2012. Complex (2012-12-18). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  14. HipHopDX's Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2012 | Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop Artists. HipHop DX (2012-12-31). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  15. Music. The Pro Era. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  16. Horowitz, J, Steven One Hazy Summer Tour, 7/13/12
  17. Joey Bada$$ Heading Over to Roc Nation?. Vibe (2012-12-19). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  18. illseed (@illseed) (2013-01-07). Hip-Hop Rumors: Did Jay-Z Sign Joey Bada$$ To Roc Nation?. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  20. Pro Era - Peep The Aprocalypse. The Pro Era. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  21. Jacobs, Allen (2012-12-24). Capital Steez Reportedly Dead At Age 19, Joey Bada$$ Reacts | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  22. Joey Bada$$ And DJ Premier Link Up On Unorthodox. (2013-01-13). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  23. Video Premiere: Joey Bada$$, 'Unorthodox'. (2013-03-06). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  24. XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed - Page 2 of 2 - XXL. (2013-03-27). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  25. Video: Joey Bada$$ Interview With The Breakfast Club! Speaks About If He Turned Down A Roc Nation Deal, Why His Music Sounds Like 90's Hip Hop, Beef With Lil B, Trying To Go The Independent Route & More. (2013-02-26). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  26. Joey Bada$$ Announces New Solo, Capital STEEZ Projects Dropping In Summer & Fall - XXL. (2013-04-20). Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
  27. Wiz Khalifa Reveals 'Under The Influence Tour 2013' Lineup, Dates - XXL. (2013-04-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  28. Joey Bada$$ Talks 'Summer Knights' Mixtape And His Next Steps - Page 6 of 7 - XXL. (2013-06-05). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  29. Here's The Tracklist To Joey Badass' 'Summer Knights' - XXL. (2013-06-28). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  30. Twitter / joeyBADASS_: Summer Knights pushed back. Retrieved on 2013-08-18.

External links

  • Blake. The Summer Vacation that might make his career. Interview. Impose Magazine. Retrieved on 11 June 2012.
  • Barilli, Nick. Interview with HardKnock TV. Video Interview. HardknockTV. Retrieved on 10 August 2012.
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