"I feel like Malcolm X," Joey Bada$$ exclaimed as he made his grand entrance at his lecture debut this past Friday (February 19).
He was notably wearing a purple jacket in recognition of NYU's school colors. Throughout his speech the Brooklyn rapper gave a candid recollection of his journey through music, which began with his "Musical Womb Theory." As understood by us, the "Musical Womb Theory" is your most heightened sense of hearing happens within the womb. Thus Joey believes music has been in his life since a very young age.
He reflected on his transition from a local kid to stardom as he reminisced about his first viral video, originally titled "15 year old raps."
Seeing some traction on this video, Joey became eager to acquire more and he wanted to be featured on WorldStarHipHop. He submitted his video many times, but was declined even more so he eventually renamed his video "15 year old raps for WSHH." This video got the attention of his future manager Jonny Shipes. Joey described their relationship as "immediately comfortable" and the rest was history.
In addition to powerful quotes, a freestyle, and great advice, the rhymesmith showed such eloquent diction. The 21-year-old gave the audience some great new words for our vocabulary.
Here are a few gems we picked up from Joey's NYU lecture:
"Everyone thinks they will never change but it's really hard when the whole world is pressuring you to."
How Passion Led To His Success
"The moment I chose to follow my heart I started living life."
How Pro Era Powers His Dreams
"The whole is better than the one."