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?
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: 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.
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