Over the past year, Joey Bada$$ has been one of the many artists to openly condemn Donald Trump. The Brooklyn emcee's distaste for the president was a prime theme throughout his latest album, All-Amerikkkan Badass.
But it appears as though Joey now regrets even mentioning Trump's name on the project.
During a recent sit down with London Evening Standard, the "Devastated" rapper revealed that he hasn't neccessarily had a change of heart regarding Trump. Rather, he feels his reference of the POTUS has distracted fans from larger issues at hand. "Yes, there’s a f**king popularised douchebag in the office right now but he’s only making these problems worse, he’s not the reason for the problems," he told the publication.
"Like, we had these problems with Obama," Joey continued. "Stop thinking Donald Trump is the only problem. Like, he’s one of the many problems. I wish I didn’t even f**king say his name on the album because in every interview people are asking me about him, and I don’t give a f**k about him."
He goes on to say, "Yeah, I said ‘f**k him’ but who’s not saying that? Who’s not on that type of wavelength? He’s a part of the times, but just a little part of it." The Pro Era frontman explained that he began working on the album before Trump even took office, noting that the project actually addressed many problems he witnessed under the Obama administration.
Elsewhere in the interview, Joey spoke at great length about being labeled a "political" rapper ― a term he doesn’t exactly embrace. "Define political. I’m not a politician. I’m not trying to be…I’m not talking about passing laws and signing treaties," he explained. "I’m just talking about real s**t that I see on the ground, on the surface."
"This is what's going on around me," Joey added. "This is not political music, this is real music. This is the first body of work I’ve made where it wasn’t for myself but it definitely wasn’t for politics. I have a hard time accepting people calling it political music."
You can read Joey Bada$$'s full interview with London Evening Standard here.
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