Joey Bada$$ Reportedly Sued by Donald Trump Impersonator, Talks to Pharrell About Upcoming Album

Pharrell interviews Joey Bada$$ on OTHERtone on Beats1 radio.
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Pharrell interviews Joey Bada$$ on OTHERtone on Beats1 radio.

Next month, Joey Bada$$ will release his politically-charged sophomore album All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$. During an intimate sit-down with Pharrell and Scott Vener on their Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone, Bada$$ delves into the creative process behind his new project, his decision to keep things in-house on the production side, and why Tupac has been such a vital figure in his life. 

"As a young musician, I really feel responsible to speak for the young people who I can speak for," Bada$$ tells Vener on why he chose to vocalize the issues plaguing the United States at present. "Before, I was rapping to beats. This album, I really learned how to make music. I brought this musician in and this musician in. I brought them together and orchestrated the whole thing, the whole sound, the whole flow, and the whole vibe." 

On the production front, Bada$$ says that he was adamant about keeping the team in-house. "I worked with all my in-house brothers," Bada$$ answers. "So Kirk Knight, One Nine Hundred, Chuck Strangers, Statik Selektah, and Like from Pac Div actually got one on there. Shoutout to him. He sent me that beat a little while ago and I already knew it was mine." He also revealed that he worked with DJ Khalil on three A.A.B.A. songs.

Later, Pharrell and Vener urge Bada$$ to participate in more interviews in hopes of spreading his message further to the youth. "I didn't get into Tupac's music heavily 'til like I was 17 to 18," responded Bada$$. "I was late. Growing up, you know Tupac. He's a legend, but when you really start researching and you see the things that he had to say outside of the music, it makes you think like, 'Hold on. I gotta go back to the music and put myself full-on.'"

In related news, Bada$$ was reportedly hit recently with a lawsuit. According to TMZ, the rapper is being sued by a Donald Trump impersonator for an incident stemming from last September.

Phillip Wilburn -- who has appeared on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- says that he was pushed off the stage by Bada$$ during an MTV event in Los Angeles. His fall resulted in him being seriously injured. According to Wilburn, he has forked over $1,000 in medical expenses and claims that he might need surgery worth $25,000. He's seeking $1.5 million in damages.

Bada$$'s rep did not immediately respond to Billboard's request for comment. 

Check out Bada$$'s interview and Wilburn's tumble below.


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