But during his OTHERtone podcast conversation with Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener, he also shared that the controversial subject matter may land him in hot water with the industry as well.
During a string of questions from Pharrell, one of the most pressing asked the Pro Era collective leader about what results he’d like to see from the project’s release in the form of, “If this happens…”
“It’s more like, if this doesn’t happen,” Joey said. “That’s how I’m looking at it. Like, if certain things don’t happen, I’m pretty convinced that I may be blacklisted or something like that.”
When Pharrell probes further about the foreboding statement, Joey responded that the album will include some taboo topics that could assumingly make the rest of hip-hop a little uncomfortable.
“Hey man, it’s deep,” he replied, “Like you know, the things that I’m saying on this album isn’t what you hear rappers saying or speaking about. You know what I mean? It’s really topics that I think need to be discussed more in music.”
Elaborating from Vener’s question about which topics could be so unsettling, Joey cited America’s domestic plights under a Donald Trump presidency and his current state as a young, Black man in today’s society. With feature cosigns from one of rap activism's admired voices, J. Cole, and TDE's Schoolboy Q, which Joey recently confirmed, these themes don't come as much surprise.
“I’ve had all of these feelings that have just been, you know, boxed inside of me,” he admitted. “And as a young musician, I feel responsible to, you know, speak for the people I can speak for. The people who don’t have a voice.”
Considering the construction of the album’s striking title, Joey’s latest reveal just might triple the anticipation for Pro Era fans.
See what he had to say about All Amerikkkan Bada$$, arriving April 7, below.
(Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images)