Label: Pro Era, Cinematic
Released: April 7 

A running criticism of Joey Badass has been whether his affinity for the golden era of hip-hop has isolated his sound and, to an extent, subject matter. On All-Amerikkkan Badass, the 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper refuses to be pigeonholed. Socio-political themes like Trump's presidency ("Land of the Free") and racism in America ("Y U Don't Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka)") rise to top, and while elements of '90s boom bap are still present, Joey makes it work in concert with his new narrative. He also loosens up his usual knotty flow to make his message more accessible, like on "For My People." And if you're still looking for #bars and a third eye opening, he's got you covered on the six-minute album closer. Joey truly challenged himself this go around, and it shows with work that realizes his full potential. —Edwin Ortiz