Joey Bada$$ made his debut as part of 50 Cent’s Power universe on Sunday (July 18). The Brooklyn native stars in the role of Unique, who is billed as the most powerful drug dealer in all of New York City, for Power Book III: Raising Kanan.
Joey Bada$$ received a solid amount of airtime in the debut episode. He runs the streets as the rival drug dealer to Kanan Stark’s family. The show takes place in ’90s NYC with Kanan growing up in Jamaica, Queens just as 50 Cent did.
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Fans and some of Joey’s fellow Hip Hop compatriots gave him props for his performance. One, in particular, was Freddie Gibbs, who is gearing up to make an acting debut in Hollywood of his own.
“@joeyBADASS killed that shit. Again,” he wrote.
@joeyBADASS killed that shit. Again.
— Big 🐰 (@FreddieGibbs) July 18, 2021
Joey Bada$$ was a longtime fan of the Power series and couldn’t have been happier to get the call after auditioning to be part of the cast.
“I just hope everyone is as excited as I am,” he told The Grio. “That’s the only worry and downside if you can call it that.”
Even before episode one hit the air, Starz already gave Season 2 of Power Book III: Raising Kanan a greenlight.
“One season isn’t enough to tell the coming-of-age story of Kanan Stark and his mother, Raq, a fierce and successful woman who is a force of nature,” Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said. “The anticipation globally for more of the Power Universe made it clear that the Kanan story needs to continue.”
In April, Joey Bada$$ took home his first Oscar when Two Distant Strangers — which is executive produced by Diddy — won Best Live Action Short Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Check out some of the other reactions to Joey Bada$$ acting in Power below.
Aye “Raising Kanan” was dope.
Joey Badass doin his thing 🔥
— Rob Markman 💭 (@RobMarkman) July 19, 2021
Yo @joeybadass is excellent in this first ep of ‘Raising Kanan’ 🔥🔥🔥
— Torae (@Torae) July 14, 2021
Man!!! @joeybadass is the TRUTH!!! This guy was so good in @raisingkananstarz , he didn’t have to be humble, but he was. Yo @50cent @starz I got a new show to watch! #powerneverends #unique #tommy 🔌 🔌 🚦 https://t.co/jecZNOB0BD
— Joseph Sikora (@JosephSikora4) July 16, 2021
I just hope @joeyBADASS stay doing music while flourishing in the Movie/TV business. My boy too talented in front of a camera. 💯🔥🔥🔥
— God Mode⚡️R❌DICAL GENERAL (@NewGodMode) July 18, 2021
Man these looks with my boy @joeyBADASS killed it #RaisingKanan pic.twitter.com/MqPzZEJteh
— Kyle Sosa ● (@vintageroyall) July 18, 2021
Ayeeee Joey badass killed this Role. He’s made for 90s themed roles
— ya favorite follower ✨ (@kweendasavage) July 18, 2021
Oh #JoeyBadass is playing the heck out this role on #Kanan #PowerBookIII
— Vaughnae (@MissJ_NiCoLe) July 18, 2021
Let’s talk about how good @joeyBADASS looked in #RaisingKanan though… what Saweetie say? That’s my type? it’s the melanin for me. 😩🔥 pic.twitter.com/mFqjPT0lk6
— Bridget Jere™ (@Brijere) July 19, 2021
Joey badass is such a good actor damn #PowerBookIII
— Stucher The Problem (@StucherAwesome) July 18, 2021
Wow Joey badass performance tonight blew me away 🔥 #raisingkanan #power @joeyBADASS
— JB (@SUPREMEJB) July 18, 2021
@joeyBADASS is made for the 90s ❤️ #RaisingKanan
— Shannon (@SmartassShannon) July 18, 2021
Joey Badass flipped the game jumped into acting and struck gold
— ON YOUR LEFT (@MeechAlmighty) July 18, 2021