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All-Amerikkkan Badass

Joey Bada$$

All-Amerikkkan Badass

Second studio album from the Brooklyn rapper and co-founder of the hip-hop collective Pro Era

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Cinematic Music / Pro Era
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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The album manages to convey an incredible sense of optimism: Of love and hope in the face of a bleak social and political landscape
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Fiercely political and lyrically unpretentious, Joey is on red hot form throughout, firing shots like a high-powered artillery gunner
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    He’s still reaching to the golden age for inspiration, but updating it so thoroughly that we’re reminded why we considered it golden in the first place
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A revolution is on the way, and All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ is the sonic backdrop
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  5. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    When Joey gets on a roll, he can spit with the very best of them. And yes, that includes King Lamar
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  6. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Brooklyn rapper doesn't have all the answers yet, but he's clearly out searching
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  7. 7.1 |   Gig Soup

    It’s full of extremely beautiful production moments, with odes to the Tribe Called Quest school of sample extraction and scratching
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  8. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A future king to Kendrick’s throne? If All-Amerikkan Bada$$ is anything to go by, I wouldn’t bet against it
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    Although refreshing, visceral and completely understandable — when listening to the whole LP, the political themes are occasionally overwhelming
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  10. 7.0 |   The 405

    The need for many voices to discuss our country’s inequities are in high demand, and Bada$$ is happy to take up the cause. By the time you reach the end of the album, it’s hard to think of anyone doing it better
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  11. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    The New York rapper aims for political awareness on his latest, trading out his clever rhyme schemes for more clarity. Though varied and sometimes powerful, its themes feel undercooked
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  12. 6.0 |   Crack

    Perhaps the mellowness is a sign of maturity
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    An LP that rarely does more than enough. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It sounds as if he’s just getting started
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