Mixtape Tuesdayz – Artist Review – Joey Bada$$

Joey Badass

Background information

Birth name – Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott
Also known as – JayOvee[1]
Born – January 20, 1995 (age 18)
Origin – Brooklyn, New York City
Genres – Hip hop
Occupations – Rapper
Years active – 2010 – present
Labels – Cinematic Music Group
Associated acts – Pro Era, DJ Premier, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers

Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott (born January 20, 1995), better known by his stage name Joey Badass (stylized as Joey Bada$$), is an American independent hip hop artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He is a member of the hip-hop collective Pro Era, with whom he has released two mixtapes. Joey released his debut mixtape 1999 in June 2012 to critical acclaim and recognition, followed by Rejex in September. He is close to completing his debut studio album, B4.Da.$$ 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 while 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 HipHopDX.com.[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 livemixtapes.com. The 30-date tour began in July 2012.[16] He is 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 will 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” will be featured on the Eckō Unltd. mixtape. On March 5, 2013 he released the music video for “Unorthodox”.[23]

In March 2013, Badass was named one of Fuse TV’s 30 must-see artists at SXSW.[24] On March 26, 2013, it was announced that Joey would be a part of XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class.[25] On March 30, 2013 Joey performed at the 2013 Paid Dues festival in San Bernardino, California.[26] This performance was a part of his first US tour, the Beast Coastal Tour. Running from March 21st to April 20th, the tour featured a lineup of up-and-coming Brooklyn acts, including his Pro Era crew, the Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers & DJ/Producer Statik Selektah. [27]

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.[28] On April 20, 2013, it was announced via his Twitter that Joey would title his debut album B4.Da.$$ with a release date during the Northern Hemispheres Fall of 2013.[29] On April 21st 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.”[30] Other opening acts include B.o.B & Trinidad James.

On May 22, 2013 Joey Bada$$ announced the official release date of his next solo project, Summer Knights EP is currently slated for a June 12, release to mark the 1 year anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape, 1999. On May 28, 2013, Joey Bada$$ announced Summer Knights will no longer be an EP, but rather a full-length mixtape. On June 2, Joey performed on the festival stage at the 20th anniversary of Summer Jam. [31][32] The mixtape will feature 17 tracks and guest appearances by Pro Era.[33] Production was handled by Statik Selektah, Lee Bannon, Chuck Strangers and Kirk Knight among others.[34] However on the announced release date, Badass revealed on Twitter that the mixtape was pushed back until July 1, 2013.[35] The mixtape featured various guest appearances by his fellow Pro.Era members among additional production by The Alchemist, MF Doom and Oddisee.[36]


Studio albums

B4.Da.$$ (2014)

List of mixtapes, with year released
TitleAlbum details
The Seccs Tape
(with Pro Era)
Released: May 20, 2012
Label: Self-released
Format: Digital
Released: June 12, 2012
Label: Self-released
Format: Digital download
Released: September 6, 2012
Label: Self-released
Format: Digital download
P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse
(with Pro Era)
Released: December 21, 2012
Label: Self-released
Format: Digital download
Summer Knights
Released: July 1, 2013[37]
Label: Self-released
Format: Digital download

As a lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US Rap
“Enter the Void”[39]
(featuring Ab-Soul)———N/A
(featuring DJ Premier)2013———Summer Knights
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
As featured artist

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US Rap
“Bird’s Eye View”[41]
(Statik Selektah featuring Raekwon, Joey Badass and Black Thought)2013———Extended Play
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
[42]US R&B
[43]US Rap
“1 Train”
(ASAP Rocky featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.)20131033125LONG.LIVE.A$AP
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
“Talking Shit”2012Capital STEEZAmeriKKKan Korruption
“America”Mac Miller, Casey VeggiesMacadelic
“Aromatherapy” [45]Uno Hype, CJ FlyFxck The Hype
“New World Order” [46]Bryant Dope, PerrionNo Album
“Gotham Fuckin’ City”[47]Smoke DZAK.O.N.Y.
“Swank Sinatra”Dyme-A-Duzin, Capital STEEZ, CJ FlyA Portrait of Donnovan
“Live From East Flatbush”Melo-X, CJ FlySteve-Ography’s Inside The Mind Of Melo 3
“1 Train”2013

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