In an interview with Triple J, Bada$$ explained that “UMI Says” is “one of [his] favorite songs of all time.”
“It’s such a spiritual connection that I have to this song,” he said. “I feel like I could almost relate to what Mos Def is speaking on. As an artist I can tell this was a song that wasn’t written. This was a song that truly just felt, you know what I’m saying? And that’s probably what I admired about it the most.”
He added, “I think it’s one of those songs that immediately follows the experience that inspired it. Whether he spoke to his homie and went to the studio that same day or he went the next day or the week after, either way, you can tell that moment resonated with him deeply and it opened him up.”
Watch Joey Bada$$ cover Mos Def’s “UMI Says” above. Also check out another live performance Joey did with Chance The Rapper performing “The Highs And The Lows”.