Joey Bada$$ – Soundtrack Of My Life

The 21-year-old Brooklyn rapper reveals the songs that have shaped his life – spoiler alert: hip-hop features heavily.

The first song I remember hearing
The Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Hypnotize’

“Shitt, I was like three years old. I was at my house and it just came on TV. I remember running towards the TV every time it was on after that. I liked the “Biggie Biggie Biggie, can’t you see” line. It literally hypnotised me.”

The first album I ever bought
Kanye West – ‘Graduation’

“When I was a young kid my mum used to work and when I got out of school I used to go and wait for mad hours at her office desk. One of the very few albums she had was Kanye’s ‘Late Registration’, so I listened to that every day and it made me a fan of Kanye West. So when his next album came out I told my mum I wanted to go get it. That was the album where Kanye was feuding with 50 Cent and I was on Kanye’s side.”


The song that reminds me of falling in love for the first time
Chris Brown – ‘Yo (Excuse Me Miss)’

“I can’t remember the first song I fell in love with, but I can remember the one I experienced my first love to, the first time I started liking a girl. This song summed up exactly the way I felt every time I seen this girl. She was a girl in elementary school – I was like 10, 11. I still like Chris Brown’s music now, he’s a homie.”

The song that made me want to be a rapper
The Notorious B.I.G. – ‘Juicy’

“I feel like I was born with this [rapping] already instilled in me but I can’t downplay who I’m inspired or influenced by and Biggie is definitely one of the first. He was from Brooklyn, I’m from Brooklyn, my mum was a big fan and that was enough for me. “It was all a dream”, that’s all anybody needs to believe in themselves, know what I’m saying?”

The song that reminds me of growing up in Brooklyn
Jay Z – ‘Hard Knock Life’

“He’s from Brooklyn and he’s a genius. That’s all there is to it.”

The song I do at karaoke
Sizzla – ‘Give Me A Try’

“The note that he’s hitting on that shit is, like, impossible to hit, so every time it comes on I just be trying to get it, singing along. I haven’t hit it yet though.”

The song that makes me want to dance
2 Milly – ‘Milly Rock’

“I hear it all the time and I dance to it when I hear it. Everyone in the whole world knows this song!”

The song I wish I’d written
Nas – ‘Rewind’

“In this one Nas breaks down a whole situation backwards. It’s one of the most genius songs I’ve ever heard.”

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