Not A Bad Hip Hop Record It’s Not Quite Good Either

ALBUM TITLE                        :        B4.DA.$$

ARTIST                                   :        JOEY BADASS

GENRE                                    :        HIP HOP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

After you listen to “Save The Children,” you might conclude that Joey Badass is just repeating himself or other hip-hop artist.  It seems that he is ranting the same thing over and over again.  In this track, he rap about how the establishment are ignoring his tribe. This conclusion is even more solidified with the next track “Greenbax” where he describe the kind of people in his neighbourhood.  You feel like having a dejavu as these themes were abused by hip hop groups of long ago like The Bonethugs Harmony.  The difference is that other hip-hop artists have better hooks, grooves, and even sample better musical lines.

There are tracks which has good hooks and grooves such as “Like Me” and “Belly and The Best” which sampled few notes from “Come Baby Come.” The album is also littered with songs with religious or spiritual reference like in “Piece of Mind” where “the Lord is My Shepherd” is uttered of course “Christ Conscious” is one obvious references.    “Hazeus View” is quite trippy despite the theme of looking back where you started.  “Teach Me” track is like listening to “Rockeffeller Skunk” and faster version of “Teach Me How To Doggie.”  This is probably the lightiest track in the album and the most radio friendly.

The remaining tracks in this album can be considered as filler tracks.  Thus, I rate this record at 3 stars only.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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