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ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

by Joey Bada$$

Released April 7, 2017 via Pro Era Records / Cinematic Music Group

Reviewed March 31, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
TEMPTATION (52%), DEVASTATED (35%), LAND OF THE FREE (34%)

ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ to this day is one of my favorite Joey Bada$$ albums. The beauty in this project lies in its relevancy. It’s subject matter is something we have all become familiar with; these issues are still prevalent almost five years since this album's release. AABA wasn’t meant to be forgotten. In focusing on the music, Bada$$ really ventured into his vocalist bag. Known as one of the mechanical artists, this was a nice change of pace. That’s not to say this project lacked lyrical complexity, because that’s far from the case. He really put together a well rounded project; in particular, “Legendary” featuring J. Cole combines harmonic tones with aggressive delivery. “Rockabye Baby” brings the energy as one of the more chart focused tracks. “For My People” tells its story and truly sets the tone for the narrative Joey is telling on this project. This project is about acknowledging and uplifting. Nothing is hidden. “Devastated” and “Temptation” are probably the most popular tracks and for good reason. Within his commentary on governmental intervention lies two beautifully produced songs. America is perceived at an individual level, but Joey isn’t here for any coddling. – Daniel (8.8/10)


To think Joey Bada$$ would go five years straight on the shelf, with ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ still standing in as his lasting body of work, is astounding. ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ was an apex of class, persona, and style for Joey. The album builds out a palatable feel early, serving a few uplifting grooves that foreshadow the intensity to come. At its height, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ is a militant call to action, delivering seismic bursts of energy in a rebellious outcry. With a clear outline of themes and concepts, executed in an entertaining fashion, it’s hard to say this album isn’t great. It’s a far cry from Joey’s grassroots mixtapes that were classic in their own right (1999, Summer Knights, PEEP: the aPROcalypse). It’s even a stark contrast to his only other studio album, and ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ succeeds in dawning a new era. – DeVán (8/10)


Cam: 8/10 | DeVán: 8/10 | Dominick: 8/10 | Pax: 7.5/10 | Alan: 7/10

Peter: 7/10 | Jared: 6/10 | Ben (Synth): 5/10

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