It isn’t fair to call Joey Bada$$ the James Milner of rap, but it sure is tempting. There’s something inherently steady, old-school, and long-sighted about him – and he’s progressed more serenely than most. Somehow he’s stayed on the right side of every controversy he’s been in, has never been defined by his collaborations, and has won fans all over the world in the process. With new album he takes his usual laid-back, “40oz in Washington Square Park” nostalgia, but beefs it up with delectable neo-G Funk synths and all the horror of modern American politics on tracks like stand-out Devastated and the defiant closer Amerikkkan Idol. Still only 22, this album is another climb for an artist with a frighteningly high ceiling.

Listen to the album here

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