Jozif Badmon the rude boy is back with his sophomore album, All Amerikkkan Bada$$. Joey Bada$$ is a 22 year old Brooklyn rapper who’s been gaining some serious attention since his debut mixtape “1999” released back in 2012. Since then Joey has been growing in popularity through the release of his first studio album – B4DA$$, along with numerous collaborations. Recently Joey finished his tour with fellow 2013 XXL Freshman Schoolboy Q and has been dabbling in the fashion industry along with co-starring in the USA network television show “Mr. Robot.” The long awaited AABA has finally released and Joey proves why this album was well worth the wait.
All Amerikkkan Bada$$ is an exploration into the mind of Joseph Virginie-Scott in regards to the socio-political state of our country and not only his place in it as a rapper, but as an African American man. As we see racial tension rising with every news report, rappers like Joey use their spotlight as a platform to express thoughts and opinions on these matters. On the song “For My People” Joey asks his audience “Tryna stay alive and just stay peaceful… so hard to survive a world so lethal… who will stand and be our hero?” This emotionally sung hook provides a perfect example for the tone of this album. Joey doesn’t preach that he will be the hero that changes the ugliness of the world, but poses the idea that a hero might be needed based on the problems he sees around him. Problems such as racial profiling, especially by the police who have been the center of attention in recent years due to the controversial use of lethal force against numerous African American men and women. In the hard-hitting “Rockabye Baby” featuring Schoolboy Q, Joey attacks the racist mindset of many Americans and the ease with which police have killed unarmed black men. He also makes sure to send a special shoutout, “And if you got the guts, scream Fuck Donald Trump!” The message of this album is clear and spread out consistently from song to song – that Joey is taking a stand against the discrimination that his Black brethren have faced and wants to inspire his people to stand with him.
Sonically, this album is similarly consistent to his messages, keeping his production crew relatively local with beats from long-time collaborators and Pro Era associates Statik Selektah, Kirk Knight, and Powers Pleasant. The overall vibe of this album is relatively mellow, with smooth jazzy instrumentals and low-tempo beats to allow the spotlight to stay on Joey’s lyricism and message. However, Joey comes through with some of his most experimental sounds yet such as the lead single released prior to the album, “Devastated” a high energy party anthem with an outstanding message; previously earning Joey his first Gold rating for a single. Joey also provides a powerful and hard hitting possy-cut alongside other east-coast rappers Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies. This is just one example of the many great features included on the album such as the previously mentioned Schoolboy Q, Styles P, Chronixx, and J.Cole (who’s catching Cole features on their album??). This album has everything a Joey Bada$$ fan wants, intensity and energy, lyricism and top notch flow, impressive production and flawless features, and most importantly an inspiring and uplifting message; something that is not always included in rap albums of today. Joey Bada$$ has come such a far way since his days of sample based mixtapes; and his journey as a rapper and figurehead is not even almost complete.