Joey Bada$$ has credited himself with being one of the inspirations for JAY-Z's work on 4:44. Speaking in an interview with Montreality, Bada$$ said, “Honestly, I felt like I was an inspiration to that album. I know I was an inspiration to that album. I put certain pressure on these OGs in the rap game, they know what they gotta talk about now. They got this young nigga Joey Bada$$ coming out, talking about this shit before they got the chance to talk about it.”
Since the interview landed online Bada$$ has followed up with a couple of tweets.
Y'all niggas acting like I said I single-handedly inspired the album, NO. BUT, I was def ONE of the inspirations. Listen to #AABA— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) July 13, 2017
My real niggaz know. You kids are way too sleep and you old niggaz are way too disconnected. But ay, PEACE & LOVE.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) July 13, 2017
Check out the interview above, skip to the 3m 45 mark for the 4:44 comments.