On the day of the cosmic event, Bada$$ was tweeting about his past experiences of staring directly at the sun and how harmless it had been.
He then looked to back up his claim with some historical evidence.
Am I crazy for watching the eclipse today w no glasses? I've sungazed before and afterwards saw colors for a whole day. I didn't die tho— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 21, 2017
The day after, the rapper cancelled three shows "due to unforeseen circumstances," or perhaps the fact that he might not have been able to see as well as he used to.
This ain't the first solar eclipse and I'm pretty sure our ancestors ain't have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain't all go blind.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 21, 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my Cleveland, Chicago & Toronto shows on the #EverybodyTour are cancelled.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 22, 2017
Though the rapper has yet to confirm whether his vision has been permanently altered by his sungazing, he seemed to be in good humour about the incident, retweeting fan-made memes about the cancellations along with a note that he was "seeing double, stacking triple."
Bada$$ was set to hit Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto with Logic and Big Lenbo as part of the former's "Everybody's Tour."
UPDATE (8/25, 11:15 a.m. EDT): Joey Bada$$ has now taken to his Instagram to show off a pair of new protective sunglasses, which apparently he's been ordered to wear by his doctor. The rapper wrote, "Doc said I gotta keep these on in the daytime now.... a lil annoying but they're pretty fire." You can see the post below.
Seeing double, stacking triple.— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) August 23, 2017