20 of the Best Lyrics From Joey Badass’ ‘All-Amerikkkan Badass’ Album
2017 has been an exceptional year in the world of hip-hop with just three months in the bag. The early months of the year have seen a number of artists unleash high-powered albums that have resonated with the public. With the second quarter here and the weather beginning to gradually heat up, so has the releases that have been rolled out. One of the first dominoes to fall as of late in terms of blockbuster album releases is Joey Bada$$' long-awaited sophomore album, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, a project that arrives with many eyes on it and high expectations.
Coming two years after the Brooklynite's debut album, B4.DA.$$, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ is a focused effort that is equally explosive and refined, displaying the maturation of one of the more highly touted rap prospects in the past decade. While Joey's debut LP was on of the best of 2015, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ is yet another step in the evolution of the indie maven.
The new album finds him even more seasoned and sure of himself behind the mic, the culmination of years plying his trade. Lauded for his heady execution of slanguistics, Joey Bada$$ throws listeners a curve ball with what amounts to an album that is the antithesis of patriotism, with the rapper taking the powers that be to task and throwing stones that land on the White House lawn and beyond.
Filled with miracles of the lyrical variety, the project is a tutorial in the art of rhythmic verbiage and features Joey Bada$$ turning in a dominant performance. We've delved into the ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ album and came away with what we feel are 20 of the best lyrics on the album.
"Holy cross on my back got a bullseye on it/I gotta get stoned to fulfill my moment/Oppress my oppressor, suppress the opponent/Channel my ancestor, he wouldn't condone it/In search of the healin' component/Said you would notice if you took notice/But you too nosey, better wake up"
"Word is bond, don't be alarmed/Don't let me have to sound the horn, and drop a bomb/Wanna get my mom a crib, with a lawn/Somethin' that my future kids, can run up on/That’s why I always do my best to carry on/Life is like game of chess, don’t be a pawn, my nigga"
"Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it’s a plane/No, it's the young Black god livin' out his dreams/What you mean? I been up on an ultralight beam/They don't wanna see you fly, they just gonna shoot your wings"
"Now everybody got vices, yeah/But wouldn't know what good advice is/Until they leave 'em lifeless/Another mama cryin', it's another crisis/Lord knows we just tryna live righteous/Are you willin' just to make the sacrifices?"
"Tell me how we gon’ shape this vision/Complainin' all day, but in the same condition/If you wanna make change, it's gon' take commitment/Some people enslaved by they religion/Can't emancipate them from the mental prisons/What I seen through optics transform to wisdom"
"You told to follow suit, but tell me what it do for you?/Except weigh you down, now you trapped inside the cubicle they built for us/The first step into change is to take notice/Realize the real games that they tried to show us/300 plus years of them cold shoulders/Yet 300 million of us still got no focus"
"We been lacking the vision and barely making a living/We too worried to fit in while they been benefitin'/Every time you submittin', we all guilty admit it/The Lord won't get you acquitted, but you still ask for forgiveness/Put opiates in syringes then inject his religion"
"Okay, just gettin' better each day/Stackin' that cheddar, cheesecake/Look up to the Lord, we pray, tryna be my best each day/And 'til I'm laid to rest we lay, yeah/'Til the time bein', we lit/Hopin' I don't let it get all in my head/I don't need the money just to say that I'm rich/Couple little honeys wanna get in my bed"
"I put my pain on the cadence, turn my brain up a wavelength/Now we're flowin' and sailin', so just go with the feelin'/Baby, soak up the vibe/Let's roll some dope up, get high/We gon' blow smoke in the sky/'Til we can't open our eyes"
"Why you can't recognize my stride?/Always gotta minimize my pride/Always gon' criticize my moods/I can't make one mistake, it's no room/Feelin' like I gotta leave real soon/I'ma say, 'Namaste,' and just bloom"
"I said niggas pop shit all the time/Me I don't trip 'cause they know I'm never lyin'/Lookin' between the lines/Feel like Ali in his prime/As-Salaam-Alaikum, Alaikum Salaam" - Joey Bada$$
"It's off-white, leveled the hard/You ball, might come with a charge/Your kids don't know you no more/Your girl's draws stay on the floor/No phone call accepted in weeks/Your son picked up on your beef" - ScHoolboy Q
"I was born runnin' with the baton/Now I'm known as the young intellectual don/Until I'm gone, where I'm from, the real don't get along/With the fake, look me in the face, eyes of the storm/You don't want none, no beef could never hurt me/I be on my Istanbul, they cold turkey"
"Attack with the backlash, where's my cash at?/Runnin' all through NASDAQ, strap in my backpack/Goin' off the knack, dopeboy in the Cadillac/Havin' flashbacks, wish a nigga would clap back/Hit 'em with the blackjack, goin' through a stack fast/I snap with the raps, I make 'em bring the whole track back"
"'Til I fall out my physical, all my verses is biblical, uh/Flowin' religiously, my delivery spiritual, uh/Feelin' invincible, this here is nothin' new/This is just principle, take notes, if I were you/They say I'm a clumsy king, how I be droppin' jewels/But see, the funny thing is I got lots to lose" - Joey Bada$$
"My dead presidents ain’t dead enough/Blew a zip to the head, still ain't red enough/Pray to Jesus, hope he got you/No I'm not a chicken, I never listen to FOX News/Niggas built the country but never givin' they props due/Payin’ for my people, I'm still payin' for my pops dues" - Styles P
"The flow is hotter than volcanic craters near the equator/Any debaters is simply haters, they know that I'm greater/I be countin' my paper, forever fuck all the majors/Did it all on my own, don't owe nobody no favors/It's clear, I'm heir to the throne, I've been the best in my zone/Internationally known, forever Brooklyn's own" - Joey Bada$$
"I run to aboriginal, Christ, Haile Selassie/Hear them call some other name/Them other guy nuh qualified/A long long time mi see ah idiot a try/Tell me America is the land of the free, that's a lie" - Chronixx
"How much does a man need? How much can he hoard before his greed?/How can a rich father teach humbleness to his seed?/Just questions, the stubborn all get taught tough lessons/I look at all I got like, 'What's missin'?'/God is my only guess, 'cause yes, faith relieve the stress/I find peace again when I find Him and see I'm blessed" - J. Cole
"Look at what they did to me, can I get a witness please?/Justice never served, reparations never sent to me/It's clear who the enemy, they declare war on the end of me/Assassinate my character, buryin' my entity/But they can't kill my energy, so when it's said and done/They forever gon' remember me"