Back in January, Joey Bada$$ appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show to talk about the moves that would be taking place this year for members of Pro Era. Among announcing the news that Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution would be releasing a joint project together sometime this year, Joey announced that his album would be coming out sometime this year as well, calling it “AABA”. After finally waiting, we now have the album name and a release date! The rapper (who A Tribe Called Quest named one of the carriers of Hip Hop late last year) will be releasing his third studio album entitled ALL- AMEERIKKKAN BADA$$ and is set to release to the public on April 7th. If your thinking the album title looks familiar, we’re possibly all thinking the same thing (depending on how much you know). Back in 2012, leader of Pro Era Capital Steez released his widely received mixtape AMERIKKKAN KORRUPTION that featured current members of Pro Era, and production from DJ Premier,MF Doom, J Rawls, By Free The Robots, Madlib, many more. When the project released, the rapper opened up with this statement:
“AMERIKKKAN KORRUPTION came about during a time in my high school years where everyone was following fads and trying to fit in and naturally I did the same. It got to a certain point where I asked myself why? I started to open my eyes, I was a slave to television, media, and the daily motions of what we call the AMERIKKKAN Dream. My only intentions are to get the AMERIKKKAN Public to open up that 3rd eye just a little bit, and from there we ALL can grow“.
With Joey’s songs like “Devastated” and Land Of The Free”, could this album possibly be an ode to Steelo’s third eye view of living in korrupted and kommercialized America ? As Joey’s interview on Beats 1 came to an end, Joey states “I feel like I was put on this earth to wake people up”. Although we could keep assuming what this album will consist of, here are some facts: yes there is a trailer for the album, yes you can peep it below, yes the album is available for pre-order here ,and as always and forever, long live Steelo.