Album Review: Joey Bada$$ "B4.DA.$$"
Joey Bada$$, the proported NY rap torch carrier, released his debut project B4.Da.$$ (Before Da Money). The album dives into the young emcees artistic style, fleshing out many aspects that we have not heard before on his previous works 1999 and Summer Knights. The album features production from DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, J Dilla, and Mellow Orange's own Freddie Joachim.
Joey definitely lets it be known that he is as lyrically talented as any other newcomer out there, but he gives us the insight we have been waiting for whether it be about his relationship with his mother on 'Chicken Curry' or just giving us his mission statement on the vicious 'Christ Concious'. The album isn't without fault though, Joey has trouble piecing some tracks together and they come off as more unpolished than others.
Black Beetle is probably the best example of this, the hook wasn't very strong and the beat didn't quite pull me in, but that is more so a personal preference. There is still some greatness in the album, though. 'Christ Conscious' is easily one of the toughest tracks I have heard in the last 7 years.
The endless bragadocious style is very gutter and exactly what I missed from hip hop. The melody is haunting and the horns just set the track off. 'On & On' is the other track that I keep on repeat. The vocal work is surprisingly solid, the beat is super mellow with smooth guitars and nice keys (no bias here either, I was a massive Freddie Joachim fan before I got
Overall, I enjoyed this album and I do look forward to much more music coming from this man in the future.