In a recent interview on “The Whoollywood Shuffle” on Shade 45, Joey Bada$$ recalled the time he turned down Jay Z’s offer to sign to Roc Nation. The reason behind it may suprise you.
Bada$$ tells DJ Whookid that he met Jay when he was 17-years old, when his breakout single “Waves” dropped.
“When I got there, as soon as I walked into his office…we just had a little conversation. He was telling me about one of my songs called ‘Waves,’ which I had just dropped. He was like, ‘Yo, this right here. This is Hip Hop. This is real f*cking Hip Hop right here like you found your pocket on this one.’ I just can’t believe this is from Jay Z’s lips.”
BadA$$ admitted that he wanted to sign with Jigga instantly, but that he had a change of heart during the meeting.
“That moment made me know that I could do anything. I even read Jay Z’s Decoded book and there’s this one chapter in there when he went to go meet with Russell Simmons to sign with Def Jam, he said his only thought was sitting across the table from Russell Simmons was, ‘D*mn, I don’t wanna sign to this n*gga. I wanna be this n*gga.’…I kinda had that same perspective.”
In the end it worked in Joey’s favor. He’s one of the top earning indie hip-hop artists out and was listed on the 2016 Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Princes list. Watch the entire Joey Bada$$ interview above.