Joey Badass is in the middle of a major tour, but if you let him say it, Delta Airlines is doing its best to dump him.
On Tuesday, the rapper and actor jumped off the plane in Portland, Oregon, to find his gear had apparently been damaged in mid-flight. While sharing images of the studio rig on his Instagram Story, he took off on Delta Air Lines, alleging that the outer casing had been removed and several of the buttons were broken.
“Yo Delta, what’s going on?” He asked. “You just messed up all my studio gear bro. First of all, this s— had a whole case on it…you all broke my f— buttons, do you know how much it cost? You’re all going to have to pay it all back.
“This is the second time you’ve screwed up one of my bags in the last month,” he continued. “You broke my RIMOWA bag, but you still haven’t paid for it. I’m a diamond medallion member, what do you like?”
Joey, whose first name is Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, said there was $12,000 in damages.
“Delta teams will review this described situation and contact the customer to address it,” the airline told The Times in a statement.
In 2018, Joey pledged his allegiance to Delta after accusing American Airlines of racial profiling. As he put his bags in the reserved overhead compartment, he said a flight attendant told him he couldn’t put his bag there because it was for “first class customers”.
“So I show her my ticket and the whole plane laughs at her,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “American Air is the best airline when it comes to racial discrimination. That’s why I’m #teamdelta.
But on Tuesday he appeared to sing a different tune as the luggage accident happened in the middle of his cross-country tour, which is due to land at Novo in Los Angeles on July 28. On Friday, he’ll drop his long-awaited album “2000” — which comes five years after his last album, “All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$,” and is a sequel to his breakthrough 2012 mixtape “1999.”
The new album was previously set to be released on June 17, but the day before Joey said on Twitter that he had to delay the release indefinitely due to “sample permission issues”.
“Man, I got terrible news,” he said. tweeted. “My album won’t be released tonight due to sample release issues. At this time, it’s unclear how long I’ll have to postpone it but my hope is no more than 2 weeks. I wanted to reschedule before I tell you, but that’s out of my control.
Hours later, Drake would announce his hit surprise album “Honestly, Nevermind,” leading many to believe that Joey actually delayed his release to avoid competing with one of the biggest names in music.
“You all think I pushed my album back because [of] Drake is a comedy,” Joey tweeted. “I can’t say I’m not happy, hahaha.”
Joey’s acting career is also in full swing, including stints on “Mr. Robot,” “Grown-ish,” and “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” Unique in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” when Season 2 premieres on August 14.