Joey Badass Claims He Inspired Kanye West's "Real Friends"

Joey Bada$$ hasn’t been shyabout sharing behind-the-scenes info as late. On the heels claiming he co-wrote Post Malone’s “Rockstar” and laying out Pro Era’s plans for 2018, the “Devastated” MC says Kanye West told him that he inspired Yeezy’s 2016 single “Real Friends.”

Bada$$ made the claim during a 40-minute Instagram livestream on Saturday (January 6). The Brooklyn native, who was admittedly drunk, retold a story that allegedly happened at the Coachella Festival in 2016.

Ill tell yall something very real about Kanye,” he said before swearing that he was telling the truth. “I met Kanye for the first time, Coachella 2016. He was like, You heard ‘Real Friends? Im looking at this nigga like, Yeah, I heard ‘Real Friends.’ Who the fuck aint heard ‘Real Friends?’ He was like, You inspired me to make that song, B. I honestly couldnt even believe he was saying that shit. I couldn’t believe it. The only thing I was thinking in my head was, Nigga, why the fuck you aint put me on that shit? I could use the clout. Shoutout to Kanye though. Real nigga. I still don’t believe it to this day.”

The rest the stream saw Bada$$ talking about wine, admiring a variety music, soliciting collaboration ideas and linking up with Statik Selektah.