Joey Bada$$
1999


4.0
excellent

Review

by huf USER (5 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 131 replies | 10,882 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "It's been a minute since they seen a style with no gimmicks" - Joey Bada$$

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Joey Bada$$ (formerly JayOhVee) is a talented hip-hop artist looking to transition the rap game in a more thought-provoking and lyrically strengthened direction. He's a '95 born, NYC residing teenager who has gained considerable hype over the past couple of months from 3 videos, namely Hardknock, America (ft. Mac Miller) and Survival Tactics, oh and he has also been noted as having quite the talent for the written word.

Hip-hop, admittedly, has gone downhill since the much beloved and highly revered 90s era. It's unfortunately gone downhill in the most important aspect: the mainstream sphere, where hip-hop is used to reach the ears of potential listeners. It's just not as powerful as it used to be, back in the 90s (forgive me hip-hop purists) and early 2000s, where only talented cats were able to rise up (90s) due to the missing internet advantage and their only assistance being a demo of hope and word of mouth. The 90s: where being mainstream was considered in the..uh..mainstream's eye a terrible thing and you would be outcasted for it in many hip-hop factions, much like Nas nearly was, but that's a whole other story.

Now fast forward to 2012 where a young Joey Bada$$ has been receiving considerable buzz and is seducing all hip-hop heads to his honest, expressive and emotive lyrics/sound. There aren't many rappers like him, you have the select few (incredibly popular) artists who are pushing a lyrically dumbed down song structure to the audience, as a means to replace thought-provoking lyrics with thought-distracting lyrics, i.e. 2Chainz, Waka Flocka Flame, etc and then you get the artists who, yes do use braggadocio themes, but they also make music of substance coupled with layers of infectious talent, e.g. Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Wiki, Drig, Hopsin, and Joey Bada$$ (that's not all of them, obviously, just a select few that came to mind).

Joey's mixtape utilizes beats already released and used by famous artists but he also sports many original beats from his own clique ProEra, which he fuses with snugly: (Righteous Minds, Daily Routine, Fromdatomb$, Suspect among others). He fits with them like Titanic to the ocean, or Neil Patrick Harris's mouth to a dick.
His flow is raw, it feels loose, it sinks nostalgic awe into my soul, his flow feels personal, it's raw, it's his own and every lyric feels specifically chosen to serve a specific purpose. There aren't many pointless lyrics scattered on this tape and he attacks lyrics with his own poetic, Illmatic sort of approach, flipping up syntax and mixing adjectives with vividly visual stimulations, e.g:

My man Dirty had the buddha just to put me in my right mind
I rhyme stoned, drop jewels and bright lines
Sight dimes wit' slight closed eyes, I'm slight so pa
Ma you ain't that gold at giving throat so bye

He drops jewel after jewel on every track with confidence on the drip and a slightly monotonous delivery, which can become mundane after sometime, considering a majority of the songs follow the same sort of structure. The tape does have some flaws, however, like the immature and breaching on sexist/misogynistic/swaggy "Pennyroyal" and "Funky Ho's". While he rhymes smoothly over the beats he just comes off as a child and slightly awkward with the repetitive, generic subject matter that nearly every rapper has taken advantage of due to the easy nature of it, but those are the only flaws apart from some awkward lines and forced wordplay. Everything comes across as very professional and planned out thoroughly, with none of the tracks feeling that out of place amongst each other.

He's gained a fantastic starting point for a promising career. With room to grow and talent to craft even finer who knows what the future holds for Joey?

OVERALL: 7/10
LYRICS: 8/10
PROD. 9/10
PRESENCE: 7/10

PROS: unique lyrical approach
genuine interest in making rap music
good ear for beats


CONS: can come off immature
voice can become monotous

STANDOUT TRACKS:

Daily Routine
Hardknock ft. CJ Fly
Survival Tactics ft. Capital Steez


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Is Joey Bada$$ restrained by his influences? I don't think he is....


Comments:Add a Comment 
BASTAG
October 3rd 2012



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

3rd review: give me tips! I edited it 3 times before finally being satisfied.

Sorry for the slightly lengthy outcome, but this album is so slept on by reviewers who dwell on this site it kind of irritated me.


Thanks.
-C

elephantREVOLUTION
October 3rd 2012



2734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. i'm really excited to see what this kid does in the future. he's really talented.

MalleusMaleficarum
October 3rd 2012



13784 Comments


shocked this hadnt been reviewed yet. Joey is one of the top young talents in hop hop

Manic_
October 3rd 2012



447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably my favorite mixtape of the year, the kid has talent.

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 3rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

sweet shit man, sweet shit

FourthReich
October 3rd 2012



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Hip-hop, admittedly, has gone downhill since the much beloved and highly revered 90s era"

i do not care... this pov is so redundant within hip-hop reviews on this site smh, please just stay away from it. pretty decent review overall however, i was going to write one for this myself, though college has a way of putting things like writing reviews on the back burner. back to your review, the reason why i do not care for it is due to the fact that you really only talked about the album itself in two paragraphs which is just not enough. elaborate a bit more and remove the sencond and third paragraphs, that would have made your review far better. though pos because you got to it before me and because this is my aoty.

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BASTAG
October 4th 2012



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was also shocked, and thanks for the advice FourthReich, i hope you still write the review

Kiran
Emeritus
October 4th 2012



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

favourite mixtape of the year so far

oltnabrick
October 20th 2012



30133 Comments


This is pretty cool.

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camaraderie
October 20th 2012



988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

real cool

FourthReich
November 3rd 2012



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he just got done killing it on jimmy fallon, kid's too damn good

oltnabrick
November 3rd 2012



30133 Comments


I didn't know he was that popular lol.

FourthReich
November 3rd 2012



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well he is from new york too so that helped him get on the show certainly but yeah he's getting big rightfully so

oltnabrick
November 3rd 2012



30133 Comments


Yeah, it's still strange. He doesn't have a hit song or a proper album out yet

MalleusMaleficarum
November 3rd 2012



13784 Comments


ah fuck i missed the performance... also guys youd be surprised at how many not so mainsteam artists perform on jimmy fallon

MalleusMaleficarum
November 3rd 2012



13784 Comments


that other late night show as well

oltnabrick
November 3rd 2012



30133 Comments


Jimmy Fallon has The Roots as his house band. This automatically makes his show better than all other late night shows.

Cygnatti
November 3rd 2012



21349 Comments


suspex

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Cygnatti
November 3rd 2012



21349 Comments


"Jimmy Fallon has The Roots as his house band. This automatically makes his show better than all other late night shows."

damn, roots rule, but jimmy fallon isn't funny ata ll


oltnabrick
November 3rd 2012



30133 Comments


But neither are any of the other late night show hosts sooooo



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