Joey Bada$$
1999


3.5
great

Review

by GeorgeNelson USER (21 Reviews)
February 20th, 2013 | 15 replies | 1,185 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

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

Having read some reviews of ‘1999’, there’s an overwhelming consensus: Joey Bada$$ isn’t anything new. Does a great album need an edge – concise, genre-defying creativity? Probably. But a good album? Well, I’m not sure it does.

‘1999’ doesn’t change hip hop, but does it need to? Joey Bada$$ was 17 when he released ‘1999’, and it’s a mixtape – a mixtape! This kid’s awesome; he revives boom-bap: confident punch lines over stripped-down production. We’ve seen most of it before – it’s not a 5/5 record – but it’s a prodigious debut, smooth and smart in all the ways it should be.

Joey’s lyrical, and I don’t mean Drake style, first-word-last, “it’s boring – paint drying” type of lyrical. I mean he packs rhymes on top of one another, multi-layering his verses. Sometimes, the startling way he pieces it together actually makes me laugh out loud.

“So my voice over the snares is the only way they hear what I got behind my membrane,
But I’ve been smoking chem.-strains,
So lately I’ve been having hard times with remembering.”
(MF DOOM produced ‘World Domination’.)

‘1999’ is an album meant for chilling. It’s hazy, foggy and jazzy which makes for an alright relax-record. Actually, it compliments his adolescent sluggishness and his peculiar lazy intelligence gives it a bit of buoyancy. It’s not unmanageable, but becomes quite indistinct in places. Not enough of ‘1999’ is striking; it’s missing oomph. The Production is exceptional – Joey recruits some huge names. His rapping’s old-skool (1999, to be exact!) and strikes an oddly casual balance between Big L punch and Lord Finesse precision. He’s rooted in his influences, and Lord Finesse actually produces ‘Funky Ho’$’, but in his strive for culture it all gets a bit foggy and disordered. Take ‘Killuminati’ as an example of a particularly knotty track. It’s meant to be stoner, skater hip hop, I know, but the backing on this one drones on, and on, and on.

Is Joey Bada$$ restrained by these influences, though? I don’t think he is. There’s a promising hint of modernity, the strict lyricism over chilled-out beats that Kendrick Lamar popularizes. There’s not much fresh on ‘1999’, but Joey shows he just might fix the skill of old-school to the sound of new-school. That he’s a bit retro isn’t a bad thing.



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taxidermist
February 20th 2013


7203 Comments


Dig the review. Have a pos. Joey has so much potential. His flow/delivery are on point.

Buzzkillr
February 20th 2013


1541 Comments


review and rating are accurate, hardknock and suspect are my jamz

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 20th 2013


3652 Comments


Pos I like this a lot

GeorgeNelson
February 20th 2013


45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, as i said in the review I do think he's doing some new stuff, but even if he isn't it doesn't make '1999' a bad album

intotheshit
February 20th 2013


3639 Comments


Since when is paying homage "biting?"

NeoSpaz
February 20th 2013


4518 Comments


Shut up.

intotheshit
February 20th 2013


3639 Comments


How does that answer my question?

intotheshit
February 20th 2013


3639 Comments


Ummm... You do realize that one of the best of all time, Nas, endorses this kid, right?

And how does he glorify the street? Have you even listened to this album?

intotheshit
February 20th 2013


3639 Comments


Have you ever thought of taking a razor to your wrists? Hanging yourself? Jumping off of a cliff on to jagged rocks? Running full speed into oncoming traffic? Sucking on a tailpipe?

Don't need an answer, HilaryICantSpellTongue. I just think you need to ponder those questions.

Hep Kat
February 20th 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this thread is going reharded

intotheshit
February 20th 2013


3639 Comments


Well, according to you, everyone needs to be completely original a d disregard any influence from other artists.

If that were the case, we would probably only have one hip hop album.

intotheshit
February 20th 2013


3639 Comments


If that's the case, your boy IT is biting Dead Prez, Paris, and Zach De La Rocha.

suppatime
February 20th 2013


440 Comments


yeah he's got some promise he just needs to be more original. it seems like he's using the same flows and vocabulary as his influences and he never switches shit up.

Cygnatti
February 20th 2013


21352 Comments


dem influences mang

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Cygnatti
February 20th 2013


21352 Comments


suspect's chorus either works amazingly, or just pisses me off badly



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