In the realm of entertainment, the transition from music to acting has long been explored by talented artists seeking to expand their creative horizons. One such artist who successfully made the leap from rapper to actor is Joey Badass
is renowned for his impactful contributions to the hip-hop world. However, in a turn of events, he found himself embracing a new challenge – the role of Unique in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan.”
In an insightful podcast interview on “The Crew Has It” with Michael Rainey Jr. and Gianni Paolo, Joey BadA$$ delved into the serendipitous journey that led him to the role of Unique in the popular “Power” spin-off series.
As the year 2019 was drawing to a close, Joey BadA$$, like many individuals, took the time to reflect and set goals for the upcoming year. One of his aspirations was to land a meaningful acting role, but he desired a part that would break the mold of stereotypes often associated with his environment and background.
He acknowledged that he had initially avoided roles that perpetuated stereotypes, such as drug dealers or rappers, as he wanted to showcase his acting range beyond what might be expected from a rapper-turned-actor. His first major acting opportunity came with “Mr. Robot,” where he portrayed a character quite different from his own persona, demonstrating his ability to tackle diverse roles.
As 2019 came to a close, Joey BadA$$ felt a newfound readiness to explore a role like “Unique.” Having observed the success and popularity of “Power” and “Top Boy,” he realized that he could take on a character like Unique with conviction and authenticity. This shift in mindset signaled the opening of new possibilities in his acting career.
Shortly after setting this goal for himself, the stars seemed to align. He received an email about auditions for the role of Unique in the upcoming “Power Book III: Raising Kanan.” The timing felt almost too perfect – a testament to the power of intention and determination.
When the opportunity to audition for Unique presented itself, Joey BadA$$ didn’t hesitate. He trusted his instincts and embraced his natural reactions, believing that his acting should be as authentic as possible. Without overthinking, he approached the audition with a unique blend of confidence and instinct, fully immersing himself in the character.
His performance impressed the show’s creator, Sascha Penn, who saw the potential in Joey BadA$$ to bring Unique to life on screen. In a moment that felt destined, Joey was offered the role, marking a significant milestone in his acting career.
Joey BadA$$’s portrayal of Unique in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” has garnered praise from both fans and critics alike. As the ambitious and ruthless drug lord in the ’90s-set prequel, he brings an intense and captivating presence to the screen. His portrayal showcases his growth as an actor, solidifying his position as a multi-talented artist in the entertainment industry.
From setting his goal at the end of 2019 to landing the role of Unique, Joey BadA$$’s journey exemplifies the power of determination, intention, and trusting one’s instincts. His transition from rapper to actor serves as an inspiration for artists seeking to explore new creative avenues and break boundaries in the pursuit of their passions.
As “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” continues to captivate audiences with its compelling storytelling, Joey BadA$$’s performance as Unique remains a testament to the limitless potential of talent and the boundless opportunities that await those who dare to embrace change and challenge their own artistic boundaries.