(AllHipHop News) Many Hip Hop followers see Joey Bada$$ as the modern-day version of 1990’s Hip Hop. While the Pro Era frontman has embraced influences from that era, he still does not fully accept being referred to as a throwback type of artist.
Joey was a guest on Power 106’s The L.A. Leakers, and the Brooklyn born emcee spoke about some of the legendary rhymers that paved the way for him. He also took the time to reject comparisons between his music and classic albums like Nas’ Illmatic.
“If anything it drives me to not sound like that. It drives me to be myself,” explained Joey. “It’s an honor to be compared to somebody like Nas and Illmatic – that’s a great and immense body of work – but my main thing is sounding like myself. I don’t want to sound like anyone.”
The B4.DA.$$ album creator also claims there are now rappers that have borrowed his style. Joey did not name names, but he clearly feels he has inspired other artists.
“I want people to be like, ‘You sound like Joey,'” he added. “There’s some cats that sound like Joey. All these n***as is my sons.”
Watch Joey Bada$$’ interview below.