Joey Bada$$ released his debut album B4. Da. $$. and it finally turned me fully into a fan. It is reminiscent of 90s rap, his style and flow are on point on this album. The biggie reference’s are great and are always nice to hear. Joey being from Brooklyn it makes sense with the biggie references. The 90s flow will get him far and hope other do take note that this is what hip-hop is and what it should be. My favorite songs off the album are “On and on feat Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis.” “Curry chicken”, and “N0.99.”
“On and on” is a good song with a great a nice beat. Its lyrics are great; the first lyric even draws in you in when he says ” So gullible just like my first love”. It has the 90s references that I mentioned above, its a song that lets you just sit back and vibe to. It offers the relatable to lyrics to people, about fake people about being hungry, about being hungry for money. It offers the advice to celebrate ones success and not to mourn but to celebrate their life.
“Curry Chicken.” This track on its self proved to the critics that Joey does substance, and the soul feel on this track is real. I love that he just goes on the track and snaps on it and shows us that he can rap over different beats. It’s a song about his success and his music, and his come up. This track shows joey can be versatile something the critics said he couldn’t be.
“N0.99.” This track is Joey bearing his teeth; he just rips the track in half. He goes off on the beat and shines on this track. Its great track, I can see how people could compare him to Nas on this track. But he isn’t even close to Nas yet so lets not get ahead of us, still a long way to go. But this a 90s fire track for all the 90s minded fans.
Joey over exceeds expectations on his debut album; he shows he can be versatile and diverse with his lyrics. He is more introspective than he has been that I have heard on his albums, I love to see growth like this from an artist. That summer knights Ep or mixtape and 1999 were great but this is just as good maybe even better. It is a great album, It is looking like so far Joey Bada$$ is holding down the east coast as of now. Lets see how A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg do this year.