By: Jonas Mullins (@jbaker32II)

Joey Bada$$, Pro Era rapper, is fresh off a fiery sophomore album debut. “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$,” released April 7th, also marked the fifth anniversary of late label mate Capital Steez’s “Amerikkan Corruption.” The aggressive and unapologetic project secured star-studded features from ScHoolboy Q, J. Cole, Styles P, and Meechy Darko from Flatbush Zombies among others.

The highly political 12 track album, though vastly more controversial than previous projects, seems to secure the Brooklyn emcee’s place among the greats. Joey himself isn’t shy to express his skillset either.

Who could blame him, though? Tracks such as BABYLON, LAND OF THE FREE and ROCKABYE BABY orchestrate key themes that ring deeply throughout the whole album. Revolution and societal change. The spirit within the politically charged lines show something the genre has become unfamiliar with; Bada$$ is here to make a change.

His sincere approach to heavy issues from the victims of police brutality (Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, among many) to the current political climate, reach his fan base unapologetically and poignantly. The drastic change in tone from his first album, “B4. Da. $$,” passionately begs the listener to stand up to injustice and become active by any means necessary.

I fear for the lives, for my sisters, my brothers<br> Less fortunate than I, let’s formulate a plan<br> I’m sick of holdin’ grudges
― Joey Bada$$ (Ft. Chronixx) – BABYLON

Who else if just not us?<br> If you ’bout this revolution, please stand up<br> We ain’t got no one to trust
― Joey Bada$$ (Ft. ScHoolboy Q) – ROCKABYE BABY

Bada$$ was not alone in creating his poignant album. The diverse mix of R&B instrumentals along with the incorporation of fiery beats come to us from Chuck Strangers, Adam Pallin and Statik Selektah. Overall, the opinion of most seems to be clear; All Amerikkkan Badass reaches and listens to the struggling American. This core voice of AABA successfully reaches out to the plight of the American minority while simultaneously flowing fiercely.

Oh and just your luck, this might be the last guest feature J. Cole appears on (LEGENDARY). No fear from the fans in Hip-Hop though.

Listen to All-Amerikkkan Bada$$:

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