Rapper defiantly stares at eclipse, cancels shows

(AFP) – For a rapper whose debut single was called “Unorthodox,” Joey Bada$$ isn’t one to accept conventional wisdom. Defying widespread warnings, he proudly stared at the solar eclipse without protection.

It didn’t turn out to be a great idea. The rapper canceled three shows starting Wednesday as he complained about his vision.

The 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper on Monday shared on social media that he was gazing into the sky without special glasses as the United States witnessed its first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century.

“This ain’t the first solar eclipse and I’m pretty sure our ancestors ain’t have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain’t all go blind,” he tweeted.

But he also said that he was seeing in different colors. He said his three shows — in Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto — were canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances” and hinted that his vision was to blame.

“Seeing double, stacking triple,” he tweeted Wednesday, using hip-hop slang for cashing in.

The rapper — whose latest album, “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$,” tackles racism, mass incarceration and other issues facing the United States — had unlikely company in his defiance at staring at the eclipse.

President Donald Trump, known for shunning experts, also looked into the sky without protection as cameras were on him, but only briefly. He has not reported any vision issues since.


  1. Anonymous
    August 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Stupid is as stupid gets. Next!

  2. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Sounds like Joey Dumba$$ to me!

  3. SLU Man
    August 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Lord….his mom should have swallowed smh

  4. MayBe
    August 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Well, we had stores which opened even when there was a national advisory to stay closed. ……… He is going to learn his lesson multiple times. If people go to stupid blind men shows, then I guess I will be wrong. …..But he made himself more famous since now I know he exists.

  5. Patriotic
    August 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Stupid is a stupid does. Blind man’s bluff!