Album Review: Joey Badass’ ALL-AMERIKKAN BADA$$

An album for the confusing times we are in.

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Joey Bada$$ broke onto the scene with his mixtape 1999, and since then people have labeled him a rap genius because of his ‘90s flow.

Bada$$ has the type of music you would just nod your head to and vibe out to, but when he dropped his debut studio album B4.DA.$$, he changed up his style. B4.DA.$$ flirted with some mainstream rap, but it was a different Joey, and not a Joey I cared for.

Then came his latest album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ and I was excited to say the least. This album was average. Don’t get me wrong though, it wasn’t bad either.

The New York-based rapper made an album for the confusing times we’re in. All of the topics he touches on like black lives and white supremacists are all reached with clarity, anger and hurt.

There weren’t any bad tracks on this album besides “DEVASTATED,” which, in my opinion, is a reach for a radio song. “LEGENDARY” also falls in this category because J.Cole kills the song, and not in a good way. At this point, when will we admit that J.Cole isn’t that good?

Bada$$ comes through with a better project this time around, and does not have very many features either, which is always refreshing for a rap album. Schoolboy Q pops up with yet another great feature as well.

The standout track on this album is “RING THE ALARM”, the Pro Era crew has always been great, but they are even greater when they are together. This album is a step in the right direction for Joey Bada$$, and I hope that his next album comes back with that boom-bap flow.

Joey is a fantastic rapper, and a very woke human, and I believe that he is in the top five right now. I believe that when it is all said and done that he can be the greatest and put New York back on the map.

7/10.

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