Joey Bada$$ Says He Will Only Sign To A Major Label For “$3 Million”


If looking to sign rapper Joey Bada$$, the 18-year-old MC has a few stern requirements. When the now independent Brooklyn native was asked what a major label could do to sign him at this moment, he didn’t hesitate when requesting “Three million. Off the top”.

However, those requests don’t come about for selfish reasons of his own but simply because he as “the man of the house” would like to elevate the lifestyle of his family. “Hell yeah. Get my Mom out the hood. You feel me?”, he explained when asked by the Village Voice. He openly admitted that he still lives in the home of his mom for reasons beyond his control stating, “They don’t pay me enough”.

Interestingly enough, Joey’s response here is similar to his line on the DJ Premier-produced single “Unorthodox,” which released back in January. “Won’t sign to no major if no wager/Less than a 3 million offer off the top,” he raps.

The youngin was once offered an opportunity to sign with Roc Nation but it is rumored that Joey turned Jay-Z’s offer down. The rapper also cleared the air about this matter explaining, “It wasn’t really a “turn down,” it was more of a mutual understanding. People and the media are going to change things to what they want to hear. It’s more, he seen my vision and he got what I was trying to do. That’s what it was. He was like, “I see you little homie.” When asked if he still kept in contact with Jay he replied, “I wish, man. A lot of relationships you think that rappers have with each other are not true. It’s fiction.”

Joey’s mixtape Summer Knights drops today.—Miranda Johnson

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  • Tre Dunx

    Smart kid. :)

  • q

    so… MMG or Cash Money ? :)

    • Derek


      cash money. good one.

    • SouGlo

      well they do need someone with his talents good make their labels better

  • Anon

    “He openly admitted that he still lives in the home of his mom” The fuckin kid is only 18…

  • Lee

    if they’re smart, they’ll pay it. Boi is talented

    • trillgxd

      no ones going to pay 3000000 to sign this dude..when the 90s NY dick riding trend ends like the three six mafia revival trend…joey badass going to be irellevant

      • mjs

        So basically, you’re saying when people go back to listening to bullshit, Joey Badass will become irrelevant. Gotchya.

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      • onemic23

        lol this comment is funny. At the very least Joey has real content in his songs and keeps it real. He wants to get paid for making quality music, instead of trying to get rich quick with mediocre songs and lack of real talent. Relevancy is what the average artists needs because they must stay hot to make money they cannot rely on talent

  • duh

    3 million..what he’s smoking?? lol someone mentor this youngin. nobody going to throw 3 million at you.

    • Rmann

      A$AP (crew included) got $3 mil from Sony and Joey >>>> Rocky especially after that Adidas commercial… smh

      • SiX

        maybe he should think about signing to Sony

        • Rmann

          From this I take that he’ll never sign a major label deal and go the Mac Miller route: make more money per unit and have control over his art. It’s a win-win for everybody, especially with his growing fan base and internet presence.

          • HPort

            You cant really go platinum (unless you kendrick) and have commercials and shit as an indie

    • yourtimeisnear

      they gave trinidad 2 -__-

  • GRiXL

    Logic signed with Def Jam thru No I.D for 1 Million when he could of signed with other labels for way more money but hes not in it for the $$



  • ogswank

    pro era gonna merge with top dawg

  • Lou Scott

    Joey Badass is a beast, but my new shit is clean too, check me out, its on my website, just check my pic.

  • Cocaine Howie

    If Keef can get 6, Joey can at least get 3. Game fucked up.

  • blunts

    he didnt wanna take it up the booty from Hov.

  • blunts

    he didnt wanna take it up the booty from Hov.