JOEY BADA$$

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All-Amerikkkan Badass

★★★ Pro-Era Some­thing in­ter­est­ing hap­pened to Joey Bada$$ be­tween al­bums: he found a fo­cus for his nar­ra­tive. De­but al­bum B4.DA.$$ suf­fered from the weight of ex­pec­ta­tions on the young New Yorker’s shoul­ders and stylis­ti­cally fell be­tween a nostal­gia for a pre­vi­ous golden age of hip-hop and a ret­i­cence about ar­tic­u­lat­ing his own story in his own way.

All-Amerikkkan Badass makes full amends, and fully en­gages with the strange and trou­bled world we find our­selves in of late. Like many of his peers, Bada$$ has been en­er­gised by events from Don­ald Trump to po­lice shoot­ings and there’s a lot of anger and ire in the lyri­cal wash here. Rock­abye Baby and Land Of

the Free don’t spare the rod, both work­ing up a fine head of steam set against that Bada$$ brew of soul­ful sam­ples and throw­back mu­si­cal colours. Many will be re-eval­u­at­ing Bada$$ on the back on this re­lease as it sounds as if he’s just get­tirng started. twit­ter.com/joey­badass

Like many of his peers, Bada$$ has been en­er­gised by events from Don­ald Trump to po­lice shoot­ings, and there’s a lot of anger and ire in the lyri­cal wash

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