Joey Bada$$ Lives Up to His Name With Roles on Power Book III, Grown-ish, and More

Joey Bada$$ Lives Up to His Name With Roles on Power Book III, Grown-ish, and More

The name Joey Bada$$ is fitting for rapper Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott. Although he first gained prominence after releasing his debut mixtape 1999 in 2012, he initially wanted to pursue a career in acting. Bada$$ even attended a specialized high school for acting prior to playing a fictionalized version of himself in the 2014 short film No Regrets. “I pretty much auditioned to get into Edward R. Murrow. Acting was what I was set to do,” he previously told Rolling Stone. “Every school that I applied for, I had to audition to get inside because I wanted to be part of the acting programs in those schools. By the time I was 14, 15, I was really committed to becoming an actor.”

While in school, Bada$$ made the savvy decision to pursue to a career in music because he could use it “as a leverage to get into acting.” With roles on Grown-ish and Wu-Tang: An American Saga, he’s found a way to marry both worlds. Even though he’s only been acting since 2014, he’s already proven his acting chops and elevated taste in projects by appearing in the 2020 Oscar-winning short Two Distant Strangers. Ahead, you can see some of his biggest roles to date, including Starz’s Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

Lydia Livingston

Lydia is the newest member of the Genesis Brand family and has fit into the culture seamlessly. After graduating college, three years ago, Lydia made the transition to west coast life after her early years in NYC. She's an avid tennis player, animal rights activist and aspiring vegan chef.

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