Joey Bada$$ was born in 1995 as Jo-Vaughn Virginie, and is the first of his immediate West Indian family to be born in the United States. He was raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, and attended the Edward R. Murrow High School. He has three brothers and one sister. He originally enrolled at Edward R. Murrow to study acting, but transitioned towards music around the time of 9th grade, with a focus on rapping. He started rapping under the name JayOhVee, but eventually changed it to Joey Bada$$.
Joey is part of Progressive Era, sometimes known as Pro.Era, a collective of 18-or-so rappers, singers, producers, studio engineers, photographers, clothing and graphic designers. The collective began at Edward R. Murrow High School, with classmates Joey Badass, Capital STEEZ, CJ Fly, and Pow Pe.
In October of 2010, Joey uploaded a video of himself freestyling to Youtube. The video was re-posted on the website World Star Hip Hop, and caught the attention of Jonny Shipes, the President of Cinematic Music Group and manager of Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA. Shipes contacted Joey through Twitter, and shortly thereafter became his manager. Pro Era has since signed with Cinematic Music Group.
In early 2012, Joey and Capital STEEZ released a video for "Survival Tactics." It was directed by Coodie and Chike of Creative Control. The song borrows the instrumental and name from the 1998 song "Survival Tactics" by Styles of Beyond. On March 21st, 2012, MTV News featured Joey's verse from the video during a RapFix Live segment. Joey appeared via Skype from his high school. He appeared on MTV again in April, 2012, as a featured guest on Sucker Free. Joey made his MTV2 debut with the video premier of "Hardknock," featuring CJ Fly.
In February 2012, Progressive Era released their mixtape entitled "The Secc$ Tape," featuring Joey, along with JaySteez, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Dessy, T'nah, Bruce Leekix, Han$ $olo, and A La $ole.
In the summer of 2012, Joey released the mixtape "1999." A video for the song "Waves" was released in June of 2012, directed by Vashtie Kola with cinematography by Adam Donald.
Vice Magazine and Youtube music channel Noisey filmed a feature on Joey at his high school in early 2012. The feature was documented by the New York Times in a technology piece about using social media as a platform for generating audiences.
Mac Miller reached out to Joey through Twitter and the two began working together. Joey appears on the song, "America," and opened for Miller at the Roseland Ballroom in April of 2012.
Along with headliner Juicy J, Joey and Pro Era performed on The Smoker's Club's One Hazy Summer Tour, presented by Ecko Unltd. and livemixtapes.com. The 30-date tour began in July of 2012.
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