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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Brooklyn rapper features guest appearances from Action Bronson, BJ The Chicago Kid, Chronixx, Kiesza, Dyemond Lewis, Raury, Maverick Sabre, and Elle Varner.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jan 27, 2015
    85
    B4.DA.$$ is a step in the right direction in New York hip-hop getting the attention and validation its long been denied.
  2. Jan 21, 2015
    80
    The album is strikingly similar in tone to the mixtapes; he’s not trying anything different, but rather continuing what’s worked well for him. But everything is more refined and better expressed; there are also songs that stand out more as anthems.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 2, 2015
    80
    Bada$$ proves a natural born rhymer on a deeply rewarding showcase of advanced level lyricalism. [Feb 2015, p.89]
  4. Jan 20, 2015
    75
    With B4.DA.$$, Joey Bada$$ finally lives up to the expectations that have been thrust upon him, delivering a confident debut steeped in the history of hip-hop and simultaneously engaged with the current cultural climate.
  5. Uncut
    Feb 3, 2015
    70
    The album's hard-slapping boom bap, laced with confident social realist flow, could only ever have come from New York. [Mar 2015, p.71]
  6. Jan 20, 2015
    70
    Despite a few kinks and unnecessary tracks, B4.Da.$$ is a great album that revisits classic '90s boom-bap signifiers: the production, the delivery and cadences.
  7. Jan 15, 2015
    40
    Once the novelty wears off, though, you’re left with an album that is too often set at the middling pace of a Fugees B-side, and a rapper whose technical abilities are nowhere close to those old timers he seeks to emulate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jan 24, 2015
    10
    This album brings everyone back to the 90's. 1999 and summer knights are amazing but i can still put b4.da.$$ as his best project to date.This album brings everyone back to the 90's. 1999 and summer knights are amazing but i can still put b4.da.$$ as his best project to date. Favorite song is probably "Like me" , "Hazeus View" , "Run up on ya" all 3 of these songs are amazing Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2015
    10
    The new east Coast classic. Takes you back to the nineties but not on a sentimental tip. Straight up dope ass hip hop from one of the bestThe new east Coast classic. Takes you back to the nineties but not on a sentimental tip. Straight up dope ass hip hop from one of the best young mc's around. Pro Era has the throne with this piece. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2015
    10
    my man joey bad put out a very good album one of the best albums of the year and one of the best NY albums in recent memory thank you for thismy man joey bad put out a very good album one of the best albums of the year and one of the best NY albums in recent memory thank you for this mr. bad. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2015
    9
    With this album Joey Badass brings rap back when it was good: the 90's. The Nas inspired East Coast vibe is a welcomed nostalgic ride. JoeyWith this album Joey Badass brings rap back when it was good: the 90's. The Nas inspired East Coast vibe is a welcomed nostalgic ride. Joey gives his 100% on every track and the DJ Premier beats are going so well with the verses he's spitting. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2015
    8
    Joey's lyrical flow already makes him enjoyable to listen to, and his execution of this album proves that he'll soon be a big time name in theJoey's lyrical flow already makes him enjoyable to listen to, and his execution of this album proves that he'll soon be a big time name in the rap industry. I love the New York-style production that has become the trademark of his music. Added with his content and delivery, B4.DA.$$ is one of my favorite albums to listen to Expand
  6. Oct 8, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Favourite Songs: Save the Children, Paper Trails, Run Up On Ya, Piece of Mind, No. 99, Christ Conscious
    Least Favourite Songs: Like Me
    Nothing's really caught my attention in the last week so I'm gonna do a review of 'B4.Da.$$', one of my favourite albums of 2015 so far.
    Joey Badass proved with the mixtapes '1999' and 'Summer Knights' that he is
    great rapper. He doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything, he's not really original at all, but I really like his flow and he has an ear for amazing beats. On this record, like the others, he recreates that classic hip hop sound of the 90's- in particular Boom Bap- that no one else seems to be doing well despite most old hip hop fans constantly moaning about how **** modern day music is (because they've definitely explored everything) and praising that old sound. Apart from the audio quality of 'B4.Da.$$' it sounds pretty authentic to the time. Not completely though, as I said the audio quality is much better (modern technology whoa) and that's good I've heard rappers trying to be completely authentic; most of the time they succeed all be it with mediocre and plain results (although there was a section from 'Impossible' off the new Travis Scott album that sounded good. It might have been sampled though.) This unoriginality might prevent Joey Badass from having a lasting impact but I don't think he cares he's making the kind of music he loves. None of the songs on this album are bangers really but there a few hard hitting grimey tracks with an appropriate use of aggressive flows, like 'Christ Conscious' and 'No. 99'. The only thing I wasn't really keen on when I listened to this album was the song 'Like Me', simply because I don't like BJ the Chicago Kid and he does the chorus like 4 times. But still great album, his influences are sometimes quite obvious but I highly recommend it and like I said in my Underachievers review Joey Badass is making a very strong case for New York hip hop.
    Improvement On Previous Record?: Yes
    Try This If You Like: Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G
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  7. Dec 20, 2015
    6
    B4.DA.$$ by Joey Bada$$ is nice album. There is a few good tracks on this album, but it's not the best position in this year. My favouriteB4.DA.$$ by Joey Bada$$ is nice album. There is a few good tracks on this album, but it's not the best position in this year. My favourite track is 'Paper Trail$'. 6/10 Expand

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