Joey Bada$$ Addresses Twitter Beef With Troy Ave

By Staff  |  07/08/2015

Joey Bada$$

New York rappers, Joey Bada$$ and Troy Ave, got into a minor Twitter argument last month, over who was the top independent hip-hop artist.

This week, Joey addressed the issue during an interview with HOT 97, where he admitted that his "top indie artist" claims may have seemed like a diss toward Troy Ave, but wasn't.

"I wanna explain the whole situation though," he said. "Basically I put out that tweet and I felt what I said -- at the end of the day, anybody could felt a way about it. Not just him. There's people who came out this year that did similar numbers to him, or who did way lower numbers than I did and who is a way bigger artist than me and stuff like that. So what I said could have made anybody feel a way, but he chose to get particularly insecure about what I said, due to the timing of when I said it."

At the time of his comments, Troy Ave had made headlines over sales of his debut album, Major Without A Deal --sold just 4,300 copies, including 30 physical copies. He apparently took offense, stating that Joey works for a major label in Sony Red and referred to him as "fake independent."

Despite the argument, Joey Bada$$ says he does respect Troy Ave, because they're both independent artists.

"At some point, you gotta have a level of respect for Troy because at the end of the day, we're both two independent artists who [are] standing on major platforms next to a whole bunch of major artists and they know who we are, and they show us respect," he said. "You gotta give respect where it's due and I respect Troy for that in some aspects of it. I'm not here to shoot anyone down, I'm not here to be against anybody, everybody know I'm here to unite this whole shit, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do. We briefly spoke about it through mutual friends and it got squashed and that's what it was."

As for the "fake independent" comment, Joey says he doesn't take offense.

"I don't care about that," he says. "How am I fake independent? You see any manager in here with me? Nah... The thing that a lot of people don't understand is what I actually do for my career. I do everything. Everything comes through me. I am literally the boss of my operation. Things don't move unless I approve it. That's how it is. A lot of people don't understand that my whole operation is being run by me. It's nobody else behind it. There's not a label."