Joey Bada$$ All Amerikkkan Badass Review

TL:DR

BROOKLYN RAPPER JOEY BADASS’S FOLLOW UP RECORD PROVES NOTHING ELSE OTHER THAN HE STILL DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOW ENGLISH PHONETICS WORK. READ A BOOK JOE.

 

Joey Badass is becoming more substantial of an artist with every release. With a few mixtapes and his recently release first studio album B4 DA $$, he has only gotten better and better. This new album is the great example of the sort of potential this guy has.

He has a got a an aggressive but still just so buttery smooth delivery with some very clever and consciously written lyrics all over some of the best 90s revival production of the past few years. But if I had a gripe with anything with Joey, it’s that I’m not sure if I’ve ever felt like I got a great complete package. B4DA$$ was a good album but I felt like it was good while on the foundations of just a few amazing songs. There were quite honestly a lot of forgettable tracks that I just couldn’t go back and listen to as much as songs like NO.99, Hazeus View or Big Dusty. But this new project is here and it’s leaner and angrier than before.

From the start the album with the song Good Morning Amerikkka gives you Joey spitting with the viscosity and smoothness of water over an understated and equally as smooth beat. One thing that surprised me was that there was very strong mainstream R&B influence over a few of these tracks with Joey actually singing and doing it well. I’m not saying he’s never sung before but never at this extent and it’s impressive. This new influence is a bit hit or miss unfortunately. There is a song like Temptation with an incredibly infectious hook and the whole song just makes you wriggle in all the right ways.

But than there’s Devastated which is one of the most obnoxious songs Joey has made. I liked it at first as it had another infectious hook but it was infectious in the wrong way. It just gave me a headache and it’s honestly the only song I hate on this album.

This album also has Joey’s best bangers yet in Ring the Alarm and Rockabye Baby. These songs have a wide and bouncy production that just increases the intensity in the lyrics and aggressive delivery of Joey and his guests: with The Flatbush Zombies on Ring the Alarm and Schoolboy Q on Rockabye Baby.

The features on this album are mostly solid. Chronix is here again with his Jamaican inflected singing that only helps the song Babylon. The Flatbush Zombies rip apart and take over the song Ring the Alarm and Schoolboy Q even provides one his more concise and cohesive bars I’ve heard from him. J.Cole has the most underwhelming feature on the song Legendary. He just feels so insignificant in the track, I almost forget he’s on the song until he comes on.

Lyrically this album has the hefty responsibility of acknowledging and responding to the topsy turvy racial politics within the U.S right now. And it’s all very emotional and affecting. Hearing the sample of the little girl’s speech on Temptation gives me goosebumps every time. And the chorus on Land of the Free just makes my head nod too damn much.

In the land of the free, it’s full of free loaders
Leave us dead in the street to be their organ donors
They disorganized my people, made us all loners

Still got the last names of our slave owners
In the land of the free, it’s full of free loaders
Leave us dead in the street to be their organ donors
They disorganized my people, made us all loners, yeah

The last song on the album is sort of a final statement and its a 7 minute epic. It’s a bit drawn out and sort of preachy but there is a lot of truth inside of what he says. It just gets a little hazy when he starts accusing the government of plotting against “us” whatever that means? He has had a reputation of speaking of “third eyes” and “illuminati” shit. It’s whatever you want to think about it, I just find it absurd.

This album is a great addition to Joey’s discography and if the next one is even better that this one, he will go down as one of the greats of the passed 10 years. He has so much more room to evolve and I’m so so excited for more of Joey. Just learn how to fucking spell please.

8.5/10-great

Hit me up if you wanna talk my man. Buh bye.

 

headroommuzak@gmail.com

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s