Can we talk about this?
It's tied with Tetsuo & Youth as my current HHAOTY and really AOTY in general, not that it has a ton of competition (yet).
I wasn't expecting a whole lot after hearing 1999 but it's actually really, really good. He spits fire, the production is nice (it's like a blend of the 90s aesthetic but with more modern sounds) and he's lyrical too, "conscious" like Kendrick.
I seriously think Joey could be the next big thing if critics are good to him.
I didn't care for either of those albums.
this is wayyy better than both combined
He already is the next big thing. This new wave of rappers like Flatbush, Underachievers, A$AP mob and Pro Era are what's in right now. They give the kids who think Migos and Chief Keef are stupid something to listen to.
rap AOTY so far is Beast Mode.
the kids who think Chief Keef is boring are rap Young Republicans who don't understand emotion or songwriting or texture or anything that isn't BARS.
All of those NY rappers you mentioned pretty much killed their own hype by not releasing anything good past 2012-2013. They had a huge chance to capitalize on their internet success and make into the big leagues, but instead they choose to cater to kids on the internet that have the time to go nitpicking through every single lyric. That being said, I think Joey definitely did a good job on this album. I'm glad he's not trying to stick solely to the 90's era of rap.
Adding on to this, A$AP and Joey are the only ones that actually have a chance to continue to make it big. I'm still waiting on New York to actually define its scene though and for some artist to actually break out and have huge mainstream success. Nobody cares about that third eye indigo get high and realize bullshit.
You are one of the worst namefags on this board so I am going to entirely disregard your opinion.
Beast Mode is a fun album but let's be honest, it's Ray Sremmurd-tier ignant autotune trap shit. The only thing that really saves it from being awful is the Zethoven production.
Also I can't tell if you're joking about Keef.
this and Tetsuo&Youth are the only hip hop albums I've listened to, but B4.D4.$$ is better so I guess it's HHAOTY
about what I expected. Some good rhymes but overall just sounds dated
Zaytoven's going a lot of the heavy lifting here, but let's not act as if there's not more emotion on any given 20 seconds of "Just Like Bruddas" than there is anywhere on the Joey Bada record.
and if you thought i was joking about Keef i don't know what to say to you.
B4.DA.$$ is my current HHAOTY, and it's also the only 2015 hip hop album in my library so take that as you will. I'm about to listen to Stoned & Dethroned, so we'll see if Nacho and BSBD take him down.
Overall, it was pretty good, not great. Joey's consistency is kind of a double edged sword. You know you're getting good quality every time (the dude has never made a bad song), but he also never surprises you with anything interesting. He has a high floor and a low ceiling, which kind of limits his potential. The lyrics and rapping were phenomenal as usual, but the production was uninspired a lot of the time. Overall, it was pretty tame and safe, but quite good. On par with his other work. I don't see him as the next big thing though.
its a boring album. joey isnt a bad rapper but his sound is so fucking recycled and he just doesn't have the flow nor the content to capture an audience larger than the backpackers to whom he owes his fame
>You know you're getting good quality every time (the dude has never made a bad song), but he also never surprises you with anything interesting. He has a high floor and a low ceiling
That is literally the best way to put it
Listened all the way through to 1999, Summer Knights and B4.DA.$$ while studying
All the songs sort of blended together
Could not tell the end of one album from the beginning of the other really
(even if B4.DA.$$ > 1999 > Summer Knights)
I mean 1999 is pretty distinct from the other two as it really lacks that whole raspy angry voice he does a lot on Summer Knights but otherwise yea, you're kinda right.
But I don't really mind, Joey could serenade me with his smooth flows over even smoother beats all fucking day and I wouldn't care.
Production yea, but I'd argue the rapping. Lyrically Joey has grown a bit and is tackling more interesting topics but his flow is very similar, aside from songs like Big Dusty where he decided to do that more 'raw' NY flow.
Great album nonetheless, one of my biggest disappointments though is the chorus to Piece of Mind. If he took that outro and made it into the hook it would make the song 1000x better. I just don't think people like Joey or Nehru do hooks well at all.
I really like it. I especially like the Caribbean influences, like on No 99. I hope he continues to do this in his future work. I'm sure he's not the first to do it but it really freshens up the album and gives it some more identity.
Most stuff he's put out since 1999 has paled in comparison for me. I'm glad he didn't throw that weird raspy voice flow into this album like he did on Summer Knights. It was pretty decent, but nothing life changing
The one thing I kinda wonder about, how old are some of these tracks?
At most a year I'm guessing, I remember him complaining about wanting to release the album much earlier but sample clearances and shit delayed it so he just decided to release it on his birthday.
No way. He's definitely been saving up for his debut album since the 1999 sessions.
I always wonder about Joey's longevity and creativity after STEEZ's death
Better than I expected, nothing outstanding but it's a good listen front to back; very consistent.
Pic related is HHAOTY though.
so im high right and im listening to B4DA$$ all like "lets fucking do it dude this fella was the knees he kinda fell off but ya know give it a listen" this nigger sounds like a try hard 12 year old
but where the leak at yo!!!!!
solid 2/10 album we have here, fellas. it seems as if he is creatively lame and real try hard. its like he said "man i want to make a cool album" and he really made a shitty album but he was all hyped about it. but no one told him its bad hes just kinda listening to it vibbing out hard with everyone too scared to ruin joeys happy high.