Label: Cinematic Music Group
Joey Bada$$ claims he's "one of the last standing MCs" on "Like Me," and he certifies his underground rep over these buttery, boom bap-inflected throwbacks. "Drawing weapons with the raps," he reflects on a difficult childhood with "Piece of Mind" and "OCB (Only Child Blues)," and flips styles on "Big Dusty." He has a Caribbean-tinged flow and a fussy voice honed in NYC's cloistered battle rap scene, and his best moments arrive on "Save the Children," "Hazeus View" and the aggression of "No 99." Guests include sundry members of his Pro Era camp, Chronixx, DJ Premier and Action Bronson.