Joey Bada$$ made a powerful statement at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards … urging rappers to stop delivering messages that lead to their demise or the deaths of others.
During his performance of his “2000” album cut “Head High,” Joey lined up 12 backup dancers … each with a slain rapper’s name embroidered on their hoodies.
In chronological order of their deaths, Joey honored Scott LaRoche, Tupac Shakur, The notorious BIG, Big L, Soulja Slim, XXXTENTACION, Nipsey Hussle, Pop Smoke, King Von, young dolphin, Difficulty and PnB Rock — anyone who was a victim of gun violence between 1987 and last month… when PnB was killed. 😕
Joey went on to say that rappers encourage their own genocide and preached that culture must take responsibility for the message it sends to children.
He also criticized the popular slang term “op” aka enemy… claiming that the war is happening in the rappers’ own circles.
The New York rapper isn’t the only one of his rap generation to speak out against rap’s murder rate — just weeks ago, Rich Homie Quan told us that “shoot ’em up, bang-bang music” is a problem for everyone who hears it.
Rap by the gun, die by the gun has become hip hop‘s motto lately… but now that content creators are speaking up, maybe the mainstream — their fans — will get the message.