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Joey Bada$$ Talks ‘Summer Knights’, Not Signing With Jay-Z, and ‘Born Sinner’ In RS Interview

(AllHipHop News) New York emcee Joey Bada$$ dropped his latest mixtape Summer Knights yesterday, and to coincide with the release of the new project Rolling Stone published a Q&A with the Brooklyn resident. In the interview, Joey discusses working on his debut studio album, why he decided not to sign with Jay-Z, and his personal favorite album of Hip Hop Super Tuesday releases on June 18th.

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“My favorite is definitely Born Sinner. Definitely. Yeah, that’s my favorite. Out of the question,” said Joey when asked about his preferred LP among J. Cole’s Born Sinner, Kanye West’s Yeezus, Mac Miller’s Watching Movies with the Sound Off, and Statik Selektah’s Extended Play.

While Joey is a fan of Cole’s second album, he has a lot of his own fans patiently waiting for the release of his first album B4.DA.$$. Joey explains that the project has not come out yet because he wants to make sure he takes his time to create a great project.

“I don’t want to rush it, and I don’t want to force anything out. I want it to be perfect,” said Joey. “But I definitely already started working on it, and I want to continue to take my time with it.”

Joey shares there is one Hip Hop legend he hopes to make an appearance on the album: his fellow Brooklynite Jay-Z. Whether that collaboration takes place will be revealed at a later date. One thing that is clear now is Joey may want to make music with Jay but he is not ready to take him on as a boss. He wants to stay independent for now.

“I think it’s important to stay independent as an artist,” explained Joey on why he did not sign Roc Nation. “My rollout was, ‘I’m just going to do this shit from the ground up,  I’m going to start my own record label. I ain’t going to sign to nobody. I’m just going to do it on my own.'”

So far the independent route seems to be working for the eighteen year old. Joey’s Summer Knights free album has been available for less than 24 hours and already has over 40,000 downloads on

“I’m actually pretty excited for [Summer Knights],” said Joey. “It’s gonna be some weight lifted off of my shoulders and onto the next. And my next shit is gonna be crazy.”

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  • johnblacksad

    Downloading this ‘Summer Knights’ as we speak… sorry i’m late

    I have a feeling it’s gonna be good!

    • Not better than Statik Selektah though?

      Let me know the real.

      • johnblacksad

        It is good.. if you liked his 1999 mixtape, you’re gonna like this as well… definitely a different (good different) feel compared to a lot of what’s being put out there right now… it’s hard to compare with Statik Selektah’s joint because Statik’s got a lot of flavor with all the different MC’s that blessed the album… but this Summer Knights is more cohesive… (it’s funny how on the first song i thought he was sounding or trying to sound like Black Thought… i dunno… maybe that collab got the kid thinkin)

        Overall good joint… definitely needed in these times… even with some Reggies it still knocks… the old heads can only love it, especially when you look around…

        my personal favorites : Death of YOLO, Right on time, 47 goons, Word is bond… and i’m only half in… so yeah, it’s definitely a solid tape…. he did 50k downloads on datpiff in one day btw… if that’s any indication in this age…

        That New York Times have grown so much on me… heavy rotation right now… Cole’s album is the bizness too… that Let Nas Down, Nas’s response on the remix… damn… Hip hop… is that you?

      • A’ight!

        Sounds like the Hip Hop gospel.

        I’m definitely checking for Joey then, I’ll download. I was gonna download Yeezus…but didn’t want to waste the bandwidth…. even though it’s free. (*Bandwidth & Yeezus)


    • dexter

      JB what u think of it so far? Summer Knights?

      • johnblacksad

        what I think?! well, I think it’s a marvelous mixtape!

        It’s kinda crazy to get this type of music today… especially from a young kid like him… that ‘feel’ is definitely there… that Souls of Mischief vibe, that Digable Planet feel, that golden age sound…

        First listen was good and each one gets better… this one is gonna stay in rotation for a minute… just like 1999 did!

      • dexter

        I agree.

  • junj03

    Dude said recently that he would sign to a major label if they gave him 3 million…

  • dexter

    Naw I am gonna download it. if its n e thing like 1999… than its hot. this kid is def a prodigy. I felt as if NAS may have birthed him as I listen to 1999 over & over again… & I think on a deeper level he view JAy the way NAS do. Its 2diff mental wave lengths going on there. Really cnt explain it u gotta hear him/it for urself. Great voice commentary & the beats will take u back. not to mention they sound nffn like they playing on the radio… Nice Job BADA$$!

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  • Omniscience

    Summer Knights>Magna Carter Holy Grail>Watching Movies With The Sound Off>Born Sinner>Yeezus

    Summer Knights is a Hip-Hop classic; this album surpasses 1999 easily!

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