"Now, as all of this is happening to you, man, is it real to you? Is it real?" asks Complex's Reggie Ossé in an interview with modern boom-bap wunderkind Joey Bada$$. It's a fitting question to ask; within the last year or so, Mr. Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew have gone from obscurity to notoriety, thanks to well-received mixtapes like "1999" and numerous features with high-profile artists. Clearly, from an outside perspective, this sudden fame is very real, but Joey remains cool and collected about it.
"I'm still trying to figure that out," he answered. I'm pretty sure this guy is still 18, yet he is talking and rapping like a vet already. It's not only refreshing but somewhat relieving to hear a talent like Joey is making it to the big leagues.
Interview highlights include speaking on getting acquainted with Mac Miller, recording his verse for A$AP's "1Train," and various/hilarious meanings behind the P.E. acronym.
Look for Joey's new mixtape "Summer Knights" to be released July 1.
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