This would hurt any kid.
Joey Bada$$ has come a long way. The lyrical wordsmith has etched a nice lane in New York City as one of the most promising emcees. He’s proven his prowess on his acclaimed project 1999. Later, he showcased his polished skills on his 2015 endeavor, B4.Da.$$, as critics deemed it a success. Now at 21, Joey is a grown man, and he’s opening up even more in contrast than before. This week, he went on Facebook and wrote a lengthy post about his most “devastating” moment in his life.
Joey Bada$$ reveals his most devastating moment.
In the post, Joey explained how the separation of his parents strained him mentally as a young kid.
“I remember being a young kid and going through my parents split when I was only 5 years old. My mom was forced to work two jobs to support the two of us and I often had a lot of alone time. I learned from an early age how to do things on my own. I think it really shaped me to be the person that I am today.”
Joey touches on being evicted.
In addition to his mother working two jobs, Joey spoke on how he dealt with being evicted. He vividly explained how he would come home and find out how the locks on the door were changed.
“You know, watching my mom battle a serious struggle, for me as a young child wasn’t anything I ever liked to see and I’m sure no child likes to see that. I used to come home from school and see eviction notices on our door. Sometimes they actually had our door locks changed on us so we couldn’t even get inside the house. It was a really devastating moment in my life. I made it my mission as a young kid that I would help my mom and pay her back somehow for all of the hard work she had done to support the two of us.”
Joey used his alone time to his advantage.
Instead of sulking in dismay, Joey would use his alone time to spark his creativity. Around this time, he was 15. That’s when he began sharpening his skills as a rapper.
“I started using my alone time as a benefit. You know, instead of being home alone all scared, I started using it as an opportunity to practice what I love to do. I was recording and writing music. When I turned 15 years old, I began to love being home alone. I got a microphone that year for Christmas and I started to learn how to mix and record myself. It gave me the freedom to set up a microphone in my room and yell as much as I wanted into it, pouring my emotions right into the mic. From that point on, the rest is pretty much history. That whole process eventually turned into my debut mixtape- 1999. I recorded and pretty much mixed the whole thing within the four walls of my bedroom in East Flatbush.”