New York MC, Joey Bada$$ released his follow up to his 2015 studio album, ‘B4.DA.$$’, on Friday (7/4) with his politically and positively-focused ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$’. While the title is, insulting, to an extent, it’s more of a nod to the ever-rising Black Lives Matter protests that have got national and worldwide attention. On this project, Joey doesn’t want to re-live and discuss the ‘Hood Politics’ beginning to end; instead, he uses the album as more of a means to reconnect those affected by gang violence, police violence, stigmatisation and commercialism used to an advantage by music labels to promote music that will encourage young African-Americans to get involved in crime.
This is further supported by the cover artwork showing Joey with an American Flag redesigned with the infamous Blood and Crip colours. Also; the album cover and title are already as offensive and direct as possible, why blur out his middle fingers?
Although I’m not the biggest Joey fanatic, and I did enjoy some of his previous projects, this album on the other hand has a greater cohesive sound as well as themes, progression of instrumentals and guests. The first song “GOOD MORNING AMERIKKA” is a glossy 1:38 second of Joey asking Ameri(KKK)ca about misrepresentations of African-Americans, his legacy in the Rap Game and “suppressing his opponents”. “LAND OF THE FREE” is another politically-racial charged track about how Americans promote their glorious land as ‘The Land of the Free’, yet will only benefit those who support America spelt with three capital K’s. He speaks about slavery, Donald Trump being an illegitimate President and how POA are left in the street like organs.
Standouts on the album include the solo-cut “Y U DON’T LOVE ME? (MISS AMERIKKKA)” for its Nu-Jazz/Trap-esque beat and Joey’s relaxed and lazy flow about arguing with a certain female character about wanting to be more than a commercialised Black man in America. The posse-cut featuring Pro Era’s Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight and FLATBUSH ZOMBiES very own Meechy Darko for two bridges. While ScHoolBoy Q, J Cole and Styles P all appear on their own credited tracks, the track on the album that stands out the most is “AMERIKKKAN IDOL”. Joey spits over a sweet loop of guitar chords about distressing and depressing topics; including the unjustified death of unarmed African-Americans, “FUCK WHITE SUPREMACY”, looking for the right “president to represent” him and how he has to be the voice for the upcoming generations. In all, the album is great. It’s political and racially charged, which is becoming more of a ‘trend’ in Hip-Hop, however, it’s not a bad thing. Although some rappers like to throw shade at the conscious rappers, the conscious ones will be the ones remembered for giving back to their community and calling out the injustices in the AmeriKKKan justice system.