B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2015 Ratings: #500 / 836
User Score
Based on 572 ratings
2015 Ratings: #172
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January 20, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cinematic, Pro Era‚ Relentless, RED / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

Here he’s more personal and purposeful than he was on his mixtapes, rapping about rapping but also lamenting the realities of being young and black in America.

80
DIY

As it moves from warm, old school turntablism to the colder, harsher sounds of early gangster rap, B4.DA.$$ resists the current bent towards Trap, instead functioning as a love letter to the masters of hip hop’s Golden Age from one of its keenest students.

80
HipHopDX

As a whole, there’s very little that’s progressive about B4.Da.$$ but it’s a distinguished retread and the most polished project the young emcee has put out to date.

80
PopMatters
The album is strikingly similar in tone to the mixtapes; he’s not trying anything different, but rather continuing what’s worked well for him.
80
XXL

B4.Da.$$ should be seen as a huge step forward and a platform for Joey to progress even further.

80
NOW Magazine

In an age when young rappers embrace musical abstraction like they're sprinting away from any semblance of "old-school," Bada$$ hits a sweet spot.

75
A.V. Club

B4.DA.$$ isn’t a stone-cold classic debut. Instead, it’s a playful, confident, compelling nod to the genre’s past that never reverts to fetishism or coasts on the legacy of the sounds it borrows.

75
Pretty Much Amazing
It is certainly a solid and promising debut from a richly talented MC with the potential to help others with his music in the same manner his forebears inspired him.
70
Slant Magazine

Drawing off nearly 40 years of hip-hop history, B4.DA.$$ is a hodgepodge work which equates organic, sample-oriented music with a certain type of old-fashioned conviction.

70
Exclaim!

Despite a few kinks and unnecessary tracks, B4.Da.$$ is a great album that revisits what we've come to know as classic deliveries, bass lines and cadences.

70
Pitchfork
You could do far worse than to pick this record up for meditative late nights or bad-weather commutes, where it's best to just zone out and let the vibe sneak up on you.
70
AllMusic
Joey Bada$$ draws the golden age hip-hop fetishist in without a problem, but his delivery is so full of life, it still holds sway for those who don't know their Bad Boy from their Death Row.
62
Paste

Ultimately, B4.DA.$$ is a lackluster album with little appeal beyond its dry technical flourish and fleeting moments of vulnerability.

60
Rolling Stone
His official debut LP still sounds like it's stuck in the past, with solid production from old-school legend DJ Premier and his latter-day disciple Statik Selektah.
60
NME

None of which is to say it’s a bad album, just a lightweight one.

60
Complex

B4.DA.$$ is a commendable performance from an MC who has every opportunity to capitalize on his next project with some more seasoning, experience, and focus.

50
Spin
His style — often-poetic lyrics rapped in a blunted monotone over moody production — is skilled, but never very fun.
40
The Guardian

Once the novelty wears off, though, you’re left with an album that is too often set at the middling pace of a Fugees B-side, and a rapper whose technical abilities are nowhere close to those old timers he seeks to emulate.

KIDWITHGUNs
90
Chill atmosphere, warm aesthetics, soulful hooks and chorus' and low-key delivery help this to be one of the most dreamy hip hop albums ever. I legit fell asleep to this.

I barely paid attention.. but I think Joey's flow and lyricism are fantastic, doesn't beat what he could do on All American Badass, but this will suffice.
notbuzzzila
86
FANTASTIC

Friendship ended with ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, now B4.DA.$$ is my best friend
CxAylward
50
this guy sends me to sleep
exception
81
a very satisfying listen. i really enjoyed the soulful production and instrumentation, it gave the raps more character and made them stand out more than the production, which i did not mind. i liked how this was largely joey on this LP, with few features, although bj the chicago kid had a great one. the rhymes had a sentimental meaning to them, and told a nice story of his life. his voice varied throughout the album, and really gave it some nice diversity.
fav tracks: paper trail$, like me, ... read more
playboiflacko00
83
One of the essential albums of my freshman year of high school. Damn near every song on here is a banger

Best Tracks:
Christ Conscious (favorite)
Save The Children (favorite)
Big Dusty
Piece of Mind
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Track List

  1. Save The Children
  2. Greenbax (Introlude)
  3. Paper Trail$
  4. Piece of Mind
  5. Big Dusty 
  6. Hazeus View
  7. Like Me (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
  8. Belly of the Beast (feat. Chronixx)
  9. No. 99
  10. Christ Conscious 
  11. On & On (feat. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis)
  12. Escape 120 (feat. Raury)
  13. Black Beetles
  14. O.C.B.
  15. Curry Chicken
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