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Joey Bada$$ recently started his acting career with a role in Mr. Robot, the USA Network drama. Mr. Robot is a Golden Globe-winning series and now the second season is coming out. Joey sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss his involvement with the show, why he ended up passing on a chance to star in the upcoming Barack Obama biopic and his passion for acting.

While discussing his past acting endeavors, Joey revealed that he passed on starring in a biopic based on the early life of Barack Obama because of music commitments.

“I actually was casted for this film titled Barry, which is about the early life of Barack Obama. But I couldn’t do it because I had to do Coachella. The week that they wanted to shoot was the week that I had to play Coachella. So I missed out on the Obama movie for Coachella. That’s one hell of a story to tell. You’re the first person I’ve ever told that to in a public space.

“I was supposed to be his [Obama’s] best friend. I was the guy who was supposed to show him the projects, and show him how black people was living in America at the time.”

Joey also discussed his recently released single “Devastated.”

“During the making of this song, I wanted to give people something different from the rest of my catalog, and something more uptempo. My main objective was to give people a feel-good, uplifting song, ’cause a lot of music in my catalog is really introspective or meditative, critical-thinking type of vibes, or really aggressive type of vibes. So I wanted to switch it up and give my fans something new, like something they can listen to and feel good about. Something that you could play for the whole world – you know, kids, grandmoms, everyone. Something that everyone could relate to.”



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