Chop-Up: Joey Bada$$ talks sports background, new album, Melo and the Knicks and more

Chop-Up: Joey Bada$$ talks sports background, new album, Melo and the Knicks and more

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Chop-Up: Joey Bada$$ talks sports background, new album, Melo and the Knicks and more

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Rapper Joey Bada$$ said when he got into the music industry music became his sport. / Getty Images

Rapper Joey Bada$$ said when he got into the music industry music became his sport. / Getty Images

Before Brooklyn’s newest hip hop star Joey Bada$$ was delivering blazing bars and hot 16’s he was knocking down jump shots and darting up and down the gridiron.

“I played a little ball,” he said. “I won’t say I had a sports career or anything like that, but I played football, basketball.”

That is until he got into the music biz; that’s when he changed “sports.”

“Ever since I got into the music industry music has been my sport,” he said.

I caught up with Joey Bada$$ to chop-it-up about everything from his much-anticipated debut album B4.DA.$$ to whether Carmelo Anthony can end his beloved Knicks title drought to why Burger King is downright royal when it comes to fast food fries.

Jason Jordan: I know you went to Murrow High in Brooklyn, N.Y.; I’m curious, did you play sports?

Joey Bada$$: Yeah I played whatever; football, basketball. I played every position; I was pretty flexible.

JJ: Were they your best two sports?

JB: Yeah probably those two, but, to be honest, ever since I got into the music industry music has been my sport.

JJ: Knicks fan?

JB: Yes!

JJ: Is Melo going to finally lead your Knicks to an NBA title?

JB: Man, just to be optimistic, I’d say yes. I definitely think so.

JJ: OK, let’s take this thing random; what do yellow traffic lights mean to you?

JB: Slow down or speed up, depending on how fast I’m going.

JJ: If you could be a fly on the wall for any historic event which one would you choose?

JB: That’s a great question, and I’m sure I’d have a lot of different responses later, but, off the top of my head, I’d say when Tupac and Biggie linked up back in the day. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall for that.

JJ: Which fast food restaurant has the best fries?

JB: I like Burger King’s fries.

JJ: What was your worst pre-fame job?

JB: I only had about one or two, but, ya know, I really liked them. I was a camp counselor working with kids. It was tight!

JJ: If you’d absolutely, 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?

JB: Wow, any crime? Well, I don’t want to kill anyone… I’d probably rob a bank or something.

JJ: What movie absolutely deserves a sequel?

JB: City of God or maybe Forrest Gump.

JJ: Who would win a UFC tournament involving only rappers?

JB: Ooh, probably Busta Rhymes.

JJ: What’s the coolest rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?

JB: Probably that I turned my major deal; it’s not true but it’s kinda cool.

JJ: Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds?

JB: I can already somewhat read minds so I definitely would take the invisibility.

JJ: Wow, you can really read minds?

JB: Well, it’s just certain situations where I can pick up what they’re thinking, ya know. Like intuition.

JJ: Choose one: 12 rounds against Mike Tyson in his prime or five rounds against Anderson Silva in his prime?

JB: (Laughs) Ummm… I’d probably go 12 rounds with Mike because I’d rather throw my hands up than to have my legs broken. You feel me? I don’t know mixed martial arts, but I can definitely throw my hands.

JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?

JB: Wayans Brothers! (Starts singing) “We’re brothers… We’re happy and we’re singin’ and we’re colored!” That’s my show.

JJ: What’s your favorite gadget?

JB: Probably my iPad.

JJ: Talk or text?

JB: Talk. I’m the worst texter ever.

JJ: Twitter or Instagram?

JB: Twitter.

JJ: You’ve got the new single Christ Conscious, which is on fire, and the debut album B4.DA.$$ coming; talk about that and what fans can expect.

JB: I’ve got the video for Christ Conscious that recently came out and I’d advise everyone to check it out if they haven’t already. The album is complete and I have the release date, but I won’t share it with the world just yet. I’ll be on tour more this year and we’ll be dropping more dope content too so there’s a lot for the fans to look forward to.

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter: @JayJayUSATODAY

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