According to Joey Bada$$, April 7th is “Global Hip Hop Appreciation day” and what better day to release your album than on the day of said holiday. Not only that, it was believed to be the day of Kendrick Lamar’s new album release (or whatever it may have been) alongside projects by Tech9 and Allan Kingdom. Also, April 7th marked the late Tupac Shukur’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his lablemate and longtime friend Snoop Dogg.
As we know K. Dot ultimately made a decision to push back his album until April the 14th (hopefully), leaving Joey Bada$$ to take pleasure in a moment all his own. Through the past four years there has been a lot of turmoil within Joey’s life one particular example being the loss of Pro Era member and longtime friend Capital Steez. Throughout the hardships Joey has maintained a positive outlook as he has designed his career as New York’s conductor for 90’s nostalgia and lyrical content. On January 20th 2015, Joey released his debut project B4.Da.$$ (pronounced Before da Money) which would go on to score a top 5 Billboard debut. With the release of All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$, Joey has appeared to have matured and gotten wiser. Coming behind a list of Hip Hop artists who have called out Americas’s hypocrisy and dishonesty (I.e. Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted), Joey uses his platform and voice to express his anti-Trump views, as well as educate people about the unfair treatment of Blacks in this country.
All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$ has the feel of an album that is detrimental at this time. As of late there are plenty of artists in the Hip Hop community that have decided to use their influence on the culture and speak out on injustices and create uplifting music for the community. On the song “Land of the Free” Joey delivers lines that’ll broaden your vision Trumps presidency as well as systematic racism. “Obama just wasn’t enough, I just need some more closure, and Donald Trump is not equip to take this country over.” In the hook he sings, “In the land of the free, it’s full of freeloaders, leave us dead in the street to be their organ donors” The track “Y U Don’t Lov Me? (Miss AmeriKKKa) comes off as a letter towards a lost love. Joey is inquisitive as to why this woman (Miss AmeriKKKa) doesn’t love him nor what comes with him (I.e. his skin color). “Why you can’t recognize my stride? Always gotta minimize my pride.” Over a smooth euphoric like beat you can hear the passion in Joey’s voice as he sings the chorus “Tell me why you don’t love me, why you always misjudge me? Why you always put so many things above me?”
Joey has a familiar lineup for his sophomore project as you’ll hear smooth, ecstatic production from Pro Era’s Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight and Powers Pleasant. Status Selektah, DJ Khalil and 1-900 (Adam Pallin) also played big rolls in production. Bada$$ unsurprisingly comes at us with a badass lineup of features whether it be displaying elements of his Jamaican heritage in his working with Reggae artist Chronixx or his ability to wordplay with Hip Hop vets Styles P, ScHoolboy Q, and J. Cole. “Super Predator” featuring Styles P definitely comes out on top as the winner in the collaborative category as Status Selektah delivers the perfect instrumental to bring out Joey’s and Styles’ views on the term “super-predator” originated by John Dilulio. “Super-Predator” is a term used to demonize black youth as having “no respect for human life or future.” Not only does the element of conscious Hip Hop lie in this track but Joey’s Jamaican roots as well; as he sings “Badmon we a run tings, never let the tings run we.” in the chorus. Styles P delivers powerful lyrics in his verse “no I’m not a chicken, I never listen to FOX news. Niggas built the country but never givin’ they props due. Playin’ for my people, I’m still payin’ for my pops dues!”
Had Kendrick released his album on the same day as Bada$$, we’d be having a completely different discussion about two pivotal lyricists that are in their prime, comparing the impacts that they would’ve both made on people’s everyday living. All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$ has definitely shown growth in Joey’s already outstanding ability, lets see if this is enough for him to snatch the crown.