Rapper Joey Badass released his second studio album ‘All Amerikkkan Badass’ last Friday. The album addresses issues that the rapper feels terrorize America.
Last Friday, rapper Joey Badass released his second studio album, All Amerikkkan Badass. Overall, All Amerikkkan Badass conveys a patriotic, empowering aura that urges its listeners to embrace not only themselves and their passions, but that also address certain political issues that Joey feels terrorize America. Some of the issues addressed, for instance, are police brutality and mass incarceration—all of which Joey believes are products of systematic racism. Additionally, the album contains one of Joey’s very successful singles entitled “Devastated.” In this track, Joey openly raps about the existence of pain and despair, but he also emphasizes that those emotions can be overcome. This message is definitely clear in his line that states, “I used to feel so devastated. At times I thought we’d never make it. But now we’re on our way to greatness.”
The album also translates a hip hop vibe that’s similar to that of the genre back in the 90s. Featured artists include: ScHoolboy Q, Pro Era members Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, Flatbush Zombie’s Meechy Darko, Styles P, Chronixx, and J. Cole. Ultimately, the variety of features included, and the approaches that Joey takes to different songs, gives this masterpiece the power of conveying its overarching message through many different scenarios.
In a Pigeons and Planes interview that took place just days before the album’s release, Joey took the time to explain the inspiration behind creating All Amerikkkan Badass. During the interview, the rapper expressed his thoughts about the results of the 2016 Presidential Election and the current state of America. He spoke about how these things, along with police brutality, mass incarceration, and his personal path to success, ultimately motivated him to create an inspirational work of art. He even stated in the interview that:
“I vowed to make my music for the greater good at the end of the day. I feel like I got a responsibility as an artist to, you know, create positive shit for the world to grow off of.”
In All Amerikkkan Badass, listeners can expect to not only be embraced with chill and melodic hip hop vibes, but they can also expect to be exposed to thought provoking songs that highlight controversial issues. One song that addresses the issue of police brutality, for example, is “Babylon.” In “Babylon,” Joey uses his perspective to touch on systematically racist police brutality, whereas in “Temptations” he includes personal experience to talk about overcoming vices and circumstances to ultimately succeed.
For instance, in “Temptations,” he states:
“Tell me how we gon’ shape this vision/Complainin’ all day, but in the same condition/If you wanna make change, it’s gon’ take commitment/Some people enslaved by they religion/Can’t emancipate them from the mental prisons/What I seen through optics transform to wisdom.”
The beauty of All Amerikkkan Badass is that it creates discussion about issues both political and internal that can ultimately be overcome. I also love the fact that Joey’s songs create different scenarios, or settings, for its listeners to interpret; that is, because of this variety, those who may not understand the dominant theme behind one song may grasp it in another. While this work of art may not be your typical, mainstream, easy-to-listen-to tape, it will surely inspire thought. If you still aren’t sure why Joey made this, consider his statement:
“I want them to be lifted. Inspired. Take it as a call of action.”
You can check out the album’s tracklist below.
Joey Bada$$ All Amerikkkan Bada$$ Tracklist:
- “GOOD MORNING AMERIKKKA”
- “FOR MY PEOPLE”
- “LAND OF THE FREE”
- “Y U DON’T LOVE ME?”(MISS AMERICA)
- “ROCKABYE BABY” Feat. ScHoolboy Q
- “RING THE ALARM” Feat. Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution & Meechy Darko
- “SUPER PREDATOR” Feat. Styles P
- “BABYLON” Feat. Chronixx
- “LEGENDARY” Feat. J. Cole
- “AMERIKKKAN IDOL”