ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #364 / 887
User Score
2017 Ratings: #91
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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.
80
Albumism

Joey clearly shot for the moon with All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, working to speak for his own generation while simultaneously trying to educate those in need. It isn’t perfect, but it hits a lot more than it misses, and especially succeeds on the lyrical level.

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.

70
FLOOD Magazine

With All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, Joey Bada$$ fires away at the racist inhumanity he sees in America.

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.

KIDWITHGUNs
90
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Besides the stupendous highs, the incredibly grounded production work and the fact that every feature adds to the album effortlessly, I was even more enthralled with every ounce of passion and energy he forces through the mic whenever he's in front of it, I feel the fervent spirit when he delivers the hooks for "TEMPTATION" and especially "DEVESTATED". And possibly two of some of the best rap verses of that year appear on "BABYLON", an absolutely ... read more
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
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
ickylogan
97
this album has the best closing verse i’ve ever heard on a hip hop album, AMERIKKKAN IDOL is a song for the history books
bEn1
80
This is obviously a very political album, reflecting on America and all its flaws as a country. I completely agree and respect the messages of these songs but when listening to music, the main factors I care about about are if it just sounds good or if the lyrics are entertaining. Luckily, this LP still pretty much ticks those boxes like in "Rockabye Baby" where Schoolboy Q and Joey are very aggressive towards the government over this gritty piano beat. The songs really start sounding ... read more
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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
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Added on: March 2, 2017