Joey Bada$$ Says He's A Better Rapper Than Tupac Was (Video) - Ambrosia For Heads



In January, Joey Bada$$ launched “Land of the Free,” by far probably the most politically-minded track of his profession. The document was about self-empowerment, and featured strains like “understand the actual video games that they tried to point out us/300+ years of them chilly shoulders/But 300 million of us nonetheless obtained no focus/Sorry America, however I can't be your soldier/Obama simply wasn’t sufficient, I want some extra closure/And Donald Trump shouldn't be outfitted to take this nation over.”

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Final month, Joey sat down with Genius to debate the which means behind the lyrics. Whereas there, he recorded one other clip, speaking about what Black Historical past Month meant to him, and it yielded some very partaking dialogue. When requested which figures in Black historical past had influenced his music, Joey named “Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Langston Hughes, Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur, Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur.”

After discussing how a lot he loved Black Historical past Month and studying about people resembling these he named, Joey spoke about progress between generations. “I consider each era that comes after has the chance to outshine the earlier era,” he stated. “’Trigger, look, they gave you their greatest. Now, they set the bar. It was like, ‘Oh that was your greatest? Okay.’”

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Diving deeper into the remark, Joey spoke about Tupac, particularly. Considered one of Pac’s most cited quotes is “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, however I assure that I'll spark the mind that may change the world.” Choosing up on that line, Joey says “I consider I'm one of many minds that Pac stated will spark to vary the world. I consider I'm a type of, however I’m in all probability not the one which’s gonna change the world, in all probability the one after me,” he says with each confidence and humility. From there, constructing on his level that every era will get higher than the subsequent, he unabashedly says he can rap higher than Tupac did. “I already know I’m a greater rapper than Tupac,” he says simply earlier than the 1:20 mark. “That’s simply information. One-on-one battle, I’ll flame Pac.” Whereas lethal critical, Joey says this with amusing.

After, he brings issues again round to the significance of music in messages, one thing of which Pac was keenly conscious. “Once we speak about being vocal and placing these messages on the market, I don’t consider nobody’s doing it in the best way that I'm. It's what it's. Don’t be stumped by the circumstances on this nation. Don’t let that maintain you again.”

UPDATE: Joey Bada$$ has now added additional context to his statements about his rap expertise vs. these of Tupac.