Amidst the trauma of a sudden and exhausting 2017 General Election season, Anna Pitts finds 10 politically-charged songs to help you copeWritten by Anna Pitts on 25th May 2017
Album Review: Joey Badass – All AmeriKKKan Bada$$
Alexis Adelaja reviews the politically-charged new record from Joey Badass
“This album has no filters so prepare for the harsh reality that Joey reveals to you lyrically
Badass also comments on the contradictory nature of America in ‘LAND OF THE FREE’ by rightfully saying ‘The land of the free is for the free-loaders’ and ‘Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over’. This talented young man couldn’t care less about making an album that is essentially one massive middle finger to his country but who could blame him? What he’s expressing is the truth and Trumps America is not something to be in support of. This song in particular also showcases some of Joey’s influences with its twangy riffs which are reminiscent of old-school tracks.
‘ROCKABYE BABY’ featuring Schoolboy Q is definitely a change of pace for this album. The song itself comes with a slightly more rebellious feel that can usually be found in the beats that Schoolboy Q prefers. The somewhat menacing piano paired with ‘F*** DONALD TRUMP’ and Q’s hostile lyrics is far more provocative than the other songs. ‘RING THE ALARM’ also has cautionary words but this should be taken as an expression of the anger that these artists feel, rather than vicious propaganda. This form of rap is intended to be poetic so don’t allow the aggressiveness to take away from the message or the emotions associated with it.
“This talented young man couldn’t care less about making an album that is essentially one massive middle finger to his country but who could blame him?
From the title of the album, you’d expect more of the tracks to promote this level of violence, however the fact that they don’t was a good choice on Joey’s part. It allowed him to find an equilibrium between stressing the inequalities African-Americans face living in Trump's America whilst still making insightful music. His approach allows the necessary weight of the subject to hit home hard as his lyrics slice through the buttery beats like a 1000-degree knife.
Even if you aren’t political or can’t empathise with the issues and feelings addressed in this album, you have to admit, it’s still pretty damn awesome. With the lyrical talent and the admirable musical production presented, any self-respecting rap lover wouldn’t dare deny this album the respect it deserves. Not to mention how refreshing it is to hear from a genuine rap artist who brings significance back to the genre.