Must Listen Album: Joey Bada$$

Instead of my usual, weekly “Must Listen, New Music” post, this week (today’s May 31st, the 6th day of protest following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis PD) I’m giving you a must listen album: ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ by Joey Bada$$. Everyone needs to hear this album, especially in times like this. Art helps us understand life, and that is exactly what this album does.

via Amazon

ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ by Joey Bada$$ is an album about humanity. This is an album about today’s America. This is an album vividly expressing what it is like to be a black man in America told from the perspective of an incredibly talented young artist. Joey Bada$$ deserves monumental recognition for this type of activism through art.

I also feel the need to explicitly state: the heart of this album isn’t politically charged, and Mass Muses isn’t a politically charged site. According to Bada$$ in official lyrics explanation video with Genius, his so-called ‘politically-charged’ track “Land Of The Free” is actually about the racism that still existed even when Obama was President, not the political agenda itself. Frankly, at this moment, I’m not concerned with the politics of the situation, and neither is Bada$$ within the lyrics of this album. I’m concerned for humanity. Racism crosses political lines, crosses ethnicities, crosses genders, and so on and so forth. EVERYONE needs to do better, regardless of who you are, where you come from, and even how you vote.

Activism through art needs to be heard. Art helps us better understand life from a different perspective, emotions at a heightened level, and truth at its core. Listen to ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$. And I mean really listen and reflect. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Standout Lyrics:

SELECTED BASED ON THIS WEEK’S EVENTS; IN ALBUM/TRACK ORDER


"What's freedom to you? 
Let's talk about it, take a minute, think it through
I'm all about it, but the concept seems loose
The cops will shoot us down on Channel 5 news" 

from “GOOD MORNING AMERIKKKA”


"It's for my people, tryin' stay alive and just stay peaceful 
So hard to survive a world so lethal 
Who will take a stand and be our hero?" 

from “FOR MY PEOPLE”



"Wishing all these dirty cops, would come clean."

from “FOR MY PEOPLE”


"...until they leave him lifeless
Another momma crying, it's another crisis. 
Lord knows we just trying to live righteous 
Are you willing just to make the sacrifices? 
I know we can't continue living like this
And I never sell my soul because that's priceless"

from “TEMPTATION”


"You know sometimes I think they don't truly understand me you know
'Cause they don't"

from “LAND OF THE FREE”


"The first step in the change is to take notice
Realize the real games that they tried to show us
300 plus years of them cold shoulders"

from “LAND OF THE FREE”


"Another family evicted, another black man a victim
That's as real as it's getting, you should take recognition"

from “LAND OF THE FREE”


"Tell me why you don't love me
Why you always misjudge me?
Why you always put so many things above me?
Why you lead me to believe that I'm ugly?
Why you never trust me?
Why you treat me like I don't matter?
Why you always kicking my ladder?
Why you never hearing my side of the story?
Never look me in my eyes, say sorry?"

from “Y U DON’T LOVE ME? (MISS AMERIKKKA)”


"Why we gotta fight? Why we always gotta spar for?
Why the cops always gotta get called?
Why you always tryna see me in trouble with the law?
I guess some things will never change 
Locked in the cycle, tryna break the chains
Handcuffs so tight, nearly slit my veins
This what tough love feels like, feel my pain"

from “Y U DON’T LOVE ME? (MISS AMERIKKKA)”


"Because Amerikkka don't love me
Whole country turned on me
It's no love in the city for the homie
Just a gang of police, praying they don't ever catch 
it on me"

from “Y U DON’T LOVE ME? (MISS AMERIKKKA)”


"If you 'bout this revolution, please stand up
We ain't got no one to trust
Time is running up, feel the burn in my gut
And if you got the guts, scream, 'Fuck Donald Trump' 
We don't give a fuck, never had one to give
Never will forget, probably never will forgive
Uh, I guess that's just how it is
And they still won't let the Black man live"

from “ROCKABYE BABY”


"I just can't cope with the pain
You just won't understand
Running away (away from here)
I'm running away 
I just can't cope with the pain"

from “BABYLON”


"Turn on to CNN, look at what I see again
It's another black man, died at the white hand of justice
To tell the truth, man, I'm fuckin' disgusted
I fear for the lives, for my sisters, my brothers
Less fortunate than I, let's formulate a plan
I'm sick of holdin' grudges, I'm loadin' all my slugs and 
Aimin' it at the judges, fuck the cops
Fuck the system and the government, you fuckers no
Protectin' and servin'
You more like damagin' and hurtin'
And letting off shots 'til you motherfuckers certain
He ain't breathin', you made it clear
'Fuck your break, ni***,' don't even deserve air
Don't even deserve shit, don't even deserve nothin'
If black lives really mattered, you ni**** would do somethin'
Instead we mean nothin', in fact, we being hunted"

from “BABYLON”


"Fifty years later, still see my brothers choked to death
R.I.P. to Eric Garner, only right I show respect
Nowaday they hangin' us by a different tree"

from “BABYLON”


"It's clear we livin' in hell, the life of a black male
Right out the womb, you come out, and it's a bunch of blackmail
Just waitin' for you to fail, a special room in the jail"

from “BABYLON”


"What the government is doing to most our people is 
Downright evil but not surprising, that's for certain
Under the conflict of propaganda, I believe simply trying to slander
Start a Civil War within the USA amongst black and white and those elite
They are simply pushing us to our limit so that we can all get together and get with it 
they want us to rebel, so that it makes easier for them to kill us and put us in jails
Alton Sterlings are happening every day in this country and around the world
The scary part, boys and girls, is most of these stories
Don't make it to the news and reach mass consciousness 
It is for sure time that we as a people stand up for 
Acknowledgement and accomplishment of what we call human rights
It is time to rebel, better yet, raise hell
I just want everyone to be cautious about how they go about it 
Because this is all part of the government's plan they been plottin'
They're literally begging for this to happen"

from “AMERIKKKAN IDOL”


"The code words to killin' a black man by police is 'he's got a gun'
Damned if he do, damned if he don't, damned if he runs
Or what about them, them murderers got it 
We need solutions, you better start plotting now
It's always been clear that they don't value our lives
My people been suffering way too long, and I'm tired of singing the same old song
People acting like this shit isn't happening, it's downright wrong
Just won't be served by a hashtag..."

from “AMERIKKKAN IDOL”

[ ℗ 2017 Pro Era / Cinematic Music Group. ]


#BLACKLIVESMATTER #NOJUSTICENOPEACE

SAY THEIR NAMES…

REST IN POWER:

DAVID “YAYA” MCATEE (53 YO)

GEORGE FLOYD (46 YO)

BREONNA TAYLOR (26 YO)

TONY MCDADE (38 YO)

AHMAUD ARBERY (25 YO)

DRESAJON “SEAN” REED (21 YO)

DESMOND FRANKLIN (22 YO)

CRYSTAL RAGLAND (32 YO)

ATATIANA JEFFERSON (28 YO)

PAMELA TURNER (44 YO)

LAYLEEN POLANCO (27 YO)

MUHLAYSIA BOOKER (22 YO)

WILLIE MCCOY (20 YO)

KWESI ASHUN (33 YO)

DE’VON MALIK BAILEY (19 YO)

MARCUS WILEY JAMAAL WEST MCVAE (35 YO)

TASJON TYREEK OSBOURNE (18 YO)

OSAZE OSAGIE (29 YO)

STEPHON CLARK (22 YO)

EMANTIC FITZGERALD BRADFORD JR. (21 YO)

ALEJANDRO VARGAS MARTINEZ (15 YO)

MARIELLE FRANCO (38 YO)

BOTHAM JEAN (26 YO)

ANTHONY J WEBER (16 YO)

JORDAN EDWARDS (15 YO)

GIOVONN JOSEPH-MCDADE (20 YO)

JORDAN BLACKWELL (18 YO)

AUSTIN EDWARDS (11 YO)

CHARLEENA LYLES (30 YO)

ROBERT GODWIN SR. (74 YO)

KORRYN GAINES (23 YO)

PHILANDO CASTILE (32 YO)

ALTON STERLING (37 YO)

TERENCE CRUTCHER (40 YO)

TERRENCE STERLING (31 YO)

JAMARION ROBINSON (26 YO)

D’LONDRE MINIFIELD (20 YO)

DAVID JOSEPH (17 YO)

SANDRA BLAND (28 YO)

MEGAN MARIE HOCKADAY (26 YO)

FREDDIE CARLOS GRAY JR. (25 YO)

JAMAR CLARK (24 YO)

JEREMY “BAM-BAM” MCDOLE (28 YO)

BETTIE JONES (55 YO)

WALTER LAMAR SCOTT (50 YO)

SAMUEL DUBOSE (43 YO)

KEITH CHILDRESS (23 YO)

CHRISTIAN TAYLOR (19 YO)

DAVID FELIX (24 YO)

COREY JONES (31 YO)

COREY JONES (31 YO)

AURA ROSSER (40 YO)

ERIC GARNER (44 YO)

TAMIR RICE (12 YO)

AKAI GURLEY (28 YO)

LAQUAN MCDONALD (17 YO)

MIKE BROWN (18 YO)

GREGORY VAUGHN HILL (30 YO)

DONTRE HAMILTON (31 YO)

DARRIEN HUNT (22 YO)

TAYLER ROCK (22 YO)

YVETTE SMITH (47 YO)

MARQUISE JONES (23 Y0)

TANISHA ANDERSON (37 YO)

JONATHAN FERRELL (24 YO)

TYLER WOODS (19 YO)

SHANTEL DAVIS (23 YO)

TRAYVON MARTIN (17 YO)

JORDAN DAVIS (17 YO)

REKIA BOYD (22 YO)

KENNETH C. SMITH (20 YO)

AIYANA MO’NAY STANLEY-JONES (7 YO)

MARVIN BOOKER (56 YO)

OSCAR GRANT (22 YO)

MARIO JOHNSON (30 YO)

HENRY GLOVER (31 YO)

JULE DEXTER III (27 YO)

JAMES BRISSETTE (17 YO)

RONALD MADISON (40 YO)

JULE DEXTER (27 YO)

NIREAH JOHNSON (17 YO)

BRANDIE COLEMAN (18 YO)

AMADOU DIALLO (23 YO)

TYISHA MILLER (19 YO)

JAMES BYRD JR. (49 YO)

EMMETT TILL (14 YO)

GEORGE STINNEY (15 YO)

AND COUNTLESS MORE…

Please feel free to add the names of more Black lives lost to violence in the comments below.

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