AOTY 2017
ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #263 / 653
User Score
Based on 254 ratings
2017 Ratings: #88
April 7, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pro Era, Cinematic / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

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.

90
Loud and Quiet

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.

83
A.V. Club

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.

82
HipHopDX
With a magnum opus yet to be written, Joey’s finally in a space as an artist where he can snatch the crown from the competition.
80
Exclaim!

Courageous and passionate, Bada$$ is a well-timed soundtrack to social and political struggle.

80
XXL

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.

80
AllMusic

All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is the sound of a young rapper finding a voice and higher purpose, an exciting and powerfully insightful statement.

80
The Needle Drop
Joey Bada$$ comes through with his most mature album yet, passionately dissecting the state of black people in present day America.
75
Consequence of Sound

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.

71
GIGsoup

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.

70
Drowned in Sound

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.

70
Clash

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.

70
The 405

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.

64
Pitchfork

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.

60
Crack Magazine

For the most part All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is Joey Bada$$’s smoothest, most-laidback sounding record to date.

Apr 4, 2017
SeaBass
80
One of the best hip hop albums this year so far, I would only say that RTJ3 and Quelle Chris are easily better (so far). I say this also because there's a lot of genuine quality in the album, Rockabye Baby is the clear stand out, the instrumental and verses are really on point, a really cool balance between a strong west coast rep on a proud east coast rep's album. Ring the Alarm, strong showing by Pro Era's main rappers and Meechy (love the rasp), and Amerikkkan Idol. Very political messages, ... read more
Jun 26, 2017
V_illainy
82
Joey Bada$$'s sophomore album is a political wildfire, with Joey giving his honest opinions on the state of America. Joey has been known for his use of boom-bap instrumentals and a sort of 90's vibe to his projects but with this one, there is more of a theme of jazz-rap. On this album, the instrumentation excels especially with the first two tracks of "GOOD MORNING AMERIKKKA" and "FOR MY PEOPLE", the production for "FOR MY PEOPLE", I love, it just sounds so groovy ... read more
Apr 10, 2017
exception
63
Many of the best political rap albums succeed by saying a lot without saying much at all; oftentimes by not directly alluding to the topic at hand and using extended metaphors and other figures of speech. But there are also many political rap albums that get their message across by being blunt and direct with the topic at hand. Joey Bada$$' take on this genre is an awkward mix of the two, which does not work in his favor most of the time. His flow remains the same as it was previously on ... read more
Apr 6, 2017
aaron
60
For an album, dealing with political and philosophical roots this album does not take enough time to make sure that the delivery is honest and contemplative.

Still leaps and bounds ahead of the average famous rapper right now, but the level of prov-ado feels completely ill-placed when talking about introspective topics, in moments where he should be most fragile in his lyrics, there is a sort of disconnect for the listeners.

Finally, there is a huge change in soundscape in the first and ... read more
Apr 2, 2017*
BuffaloStaple
78
Joey has come through with an album that is significantly more political and powerful than his debut, the lyrical themes he tackles here are frequently very bold and the way Joey conveys his thoughts on these things is very aggressive, passionate and intimidating, this keeps the album very exciting in my opinion from beginning to end. Overall I think the album is very good, the only thing holding it back would the inconsistency in the first half. Tracks like TEMPTATION, LAND OF THE FREE & Y ... read more
END OF YEAR LISTS
#14/Rap-Up
#15/Fuse
#15/The Line of Best Fit
#18/Complex
#30/Uproxx
#77/Earbuddy
Track List
  1. GOOD MORNING AMERIKKKA
  2. FOR MY PEOPLE
  3. TEMPTATION
  4. LAND OF THE FREE
  5. DEVASTATED
  6. Y U DON'T LOVE ME? (MISS AMERIKKKA)
  7. ROCKABYE BABY (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
  8. RING THE ALARM (feat. Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight & Meechy Darko)
  9. SUPER PREDATOR (feat. Styles P)
  10. BABYLON (feat. Chronixx)
  11. LEGENDARY (feat. J. Cole)
  12. AMERIKKKAN IDOL


Added on: March 2, 2017