Joey Bada$$ says he can see an EGOT in his future

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Joey Bada$$ has been keeping himself busy with music and acting, the latter of which earned him and the cast of Two Distant Strangers an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. While he says his view of a Grammy has changed over the years, he tells Billboard an EGOT is something he sees for himself in the future.

“Before I even got the Oscar, it’s funny, because that was gonna be one of my album titles at one point,” he says. “It was gonna be The EGOT. That’s definitely something that I see in my future that I feel that I will manifest.”

Joey notes he wasn’t striving for an Oscar, and for that reason, he believes he “could get a Grammy too!” He sees the Recording Academy award as recognition that he’d appreciate rather than the validation he thought it’d give him when he was younger.

“I’m actually very firm on the idea we [as Black people] need [our own] Grammys. We need to take it back. We had The Source Awards and s*** like that — because it really comes down to misrepresentation,” he says. Still, he believes a Grammy “would be cool” and says he’s “got a spot in my house where it’d look real nice.”

Joey dropped 2000 in July 2022 following a five-year hiatus, during which he filmed shows Wu-Tang: An American Saga and Power Book III: Raising Kanan. He’s already released a new single “Fallin'” — an act fueled by his “hunger and excitement.”

“I’m feeling activated again and feeling excited about making some music,” he says. “I got so much music.”

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