★★★ 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