(Artwork by Tony Whlgn of The Whlgn)
Sometimes I wish intro's to great albums weren't so short. It's like a vacation that started on Friday but rushes toward Monday leaving you wondering if you even left home. Beggars can't be choosers.
Joey Badass has been on my radar of artists who represents the fertilizer that continues to provide nourishment for the garden of Hip-Hop. Since "1999," Joey has continued to elevate his game as a leading artist out of the holy land of Hip-Hop, being New York. Listening to "All Amerikkkan Badass" makes me understand my own biased viewpoint, which bleeds over onto my appreciation for such an album that captures where we are in America.
Being that it's only 1:38 minutes long, Joey is telling us to WAKE UP and understand our place in America today. Not in a Spike-Lee movie type of way, but more so in a dream-like, smooth type of way. And no, I'm not speaking on the "woke" term that we as millennials love to toy with. I mean that deep awakening that our forefathers such as Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X stood on solid concrete and talked about for hours on in.
"Time to wake up, Won’t you come and smell the hot coffee, Stick your nose in the wrong places, one day you’ll OD"
Please, do yourself a favor a check out this masterpiece that Joey Bada$$ has given the world.