It’s concise and straight-to-the-point, with no signs of over-indulgence. In short, it’s the album fans of the New York rapper always knew he was capable of making. All hail King Joey.
It confirms his status as one of the new generation hip hop royalty. He spits lyrics that spill over with cynicism for the political system at large, and focus on the racial tensions plaguing the USA in recent years.
The eager appeals to pop airplay could come across as corny were it not for the album’s unyielding, eloquent sociopolitical sentiment, which seethes out of every verse, hook, and interlude here.
Courageous and passionate, Bada$$ is a well-timed soundtrack to social and political struggle.
All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ encompasses everything we’ve come to love about Joey over the past few years with an added sense of social responsibility that is needed in times like these.
All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is the sound of a young rapper finding a voice and higher purpose, an exciting and powerfully insightful statement.
The 12-song project is the Brooklyn native’s most well-rounded release to date. Joey Bada$$ is no longer just a kid inspired by early ’90s hip-hop trying to outrap a never-ending army of whack MCs. Now he’s a self-assured adult who is using his art to examine the world around him.
If you’re an intellectual old school hip hop fan, you’ll love this album. If you’re just wanting something to groove too, this will be perfect for you also, don’t worry.
All-Amerikkan Bada$$, the New Yorker's second full length record, feels like a culmination of all of the years spent working away at his craft.
As a complete body of work, ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$’ is irrefutably accomplished, boasting moments that present a rapper at the absolute top of his game.
Despite bearing a similar title to another gangster rap classic, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is decidedly more modern, digestible, poppy, and hooky than Joey’s usual output. Whether or not it’s a better or worse release is beside the point.
The New York rapper aims for political awareness on his latest, trading out his clever rhyme schemes for more clarity. Though varied and sometimes powerful, its themes feel undercooked.