All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, the sophomore album by Brooklyn emcee Joey Bada$$, is the emotional deep dive his day-one fans have been waiting for.
Joey has always possessed a staggering amount of self awareness, but on this record he bravely expands that internal gaze outward. While “Devastated” is his lyrical equivalent of a victory lap around a music career that wasn’t always promised (“I used to feel so devastated/At times, I thought we’d never make it/But now we on our way to greatness/And all that ever took was patience”), other tracks like “Land Of The Free” and “Y U Don’t Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka)” contextualizes blackness in a country that punishes people for their skin color on an alarmingly regular basis.
“As young musicians, we do have the responsibility to speak for the people we know, to speak for the people that can’t be heard,” he told GQ in April. “It’s important to speak for the communities that we come from, for the everyday people who support us.”