Joey Bada$$

Song suggestions: Amerikkkan Idol, In The Wind (with Statik Selektah & Big K.R.I.T.), Like Water (with Capital STEEZ & CJ Fly), Land Of The Free, Good Morning Amerikkka, For My People, Temptation, Y U Don’t Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka), Super Predator (with Styles P), Babylon (with Chronixx), Legendary (with J. Cole), Enter The Void (with Ab-Soul), Bird’s Eye View (with Statik Selektah, Raekwon & Black Thought), The Spark (with Statik Selektah, Action Bronson & Mike Posner), Carry On (with Statik Selektah & Freddie Gibbs), Killuminati (with Capital STEEZ), Suspect (with Pro Era), Satellite (with Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight & Dessy Hinds), #LongLiveSteelo, Unorthodox, Snakes (with T Nah Apex), Amethyst Rockstar (with Kirk Knight), Reign

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Projects to check out (for more info click on the cover):

Other Projects: 1999, PEEP the Aprocalypse (with Pro Era)


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Social media: (Pro Era) (Pro Era’s channel) (Vevo)


What’s freedom to you?

Let’s talk about it, take a minute think it through

I’m all about it, but the concept seems new

The cops still shoot us on channel 5 news

Lock us up for anything we do to pay dues

Some of us woke, while some stay snooze

Zombies walking around tripping over issues

The knowledge is official but it’s often misused

 – Good Morning Amerikkka

Hustling man I’ve been putting in these hours
The government been trying to take away what’s ours
It’s really all about the money and the power
I just wanna see my people in power
Tell me how we gon’ shape this vision
Complainin’ all day, but in the same conditions
If you wanna make change, it’s gonna take commitment
Some people enslaved by they religion
Can’t emancipate the fundamental prisons
When I see through optics, transform the wisdom
Watch me use my powers, get em all to listen
I’ve been on a mission

 – Temptations

Now everybody got vice, yeah
But wouldn’t know what good advice was
Until they leave him lifeless
Another momma crying, it’s another crisis
Lord knows we just trying to live righteous
Are you willing just to make the sacrifices?
I know we can’t continue living like this
And I never sell my soul because that’s priceless, uh, uh
Tell me how we gon’ make a living
Hustle on the block who gon’ save the children?
Menace on the block and I’m just revealing
The media just trying to make a villain
I just take the pain and a paint a picture

 – Temptations

Music is a form of expression
I’mma use mine just to teach you a lesson
Rule one: this microphone’s a weapon
I’m shootin’ out the actions manifested in my passion
Influencing and surpassing, they expect to see a life in my direction
Man that section 8 depressin’
Hard to be progression through recession and oppression
Not to mention that they had our soul blocked ever since an adolescent

 – For My People

Why you can’t recognize my stride
Always gotta minimize my pride
Always gonna criticize my moods
I can’t make one mistake, it’s no room
Feeling like I gotta leave real soon
I’mma say “namaste,” and just bloom
But for now, let you runaway from the truths
Since you can do anything you want to, anyway
Know some things I ain’t supposed to though
It’s way deeper than just being emotional
Some things you just couldn’t keep on the low
Now I’m freed by the truth, I can’t be controlled, no more
Nothing like I used to be back before
No, it must hurt for you to see me evolve
Why you gotta kick me down on all fours?
Why you can’t stand to see me stand tall?
Tell me why we got a war?
Why we gotta fight, why we always gotta spar for?
Why the cops always gotta get called?
Why you always tryna see me in trouble with the law?
I guess some things will never change
Locked in the cycle, tryna break the chains
Handcuffs so tight, nearly slit my veins
It’s what tough love feels like, feel my pain

 – Y U Don’t Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka)

For my millennials, for the youth and the fellas too
Trying to be perennial, but chances of living is minimal
She critical, exactly what made my niggas criminals
Typical AmeriKKKa, damn sure ain’t no miracle
Word to Steezy, Imma keep this shit lyrical
Til’ I fall out my physical
All of my verses is biblical
Flowing religiously, my delivery is spiritual
Feelin’ invincible, this here ain’t nothing new
This is just principle, take those infact with you
They say I’m a clumsy king, how I be dropping jewels
But see the funny thing is I got lots to lose
Never no fucks to give, only one life to live
So I can exchange my negative for a positive
And it’s all
Good Lord
The pen is way mightier than the sword
Who want war? I told you before

 – Super Predator (with Styles P)

But here’s for the Presidents, the Congressmen, the Senators
Who got us all slaving while they reaping all the benefits
Got the world thinking that it’s true bout what they said of us
AmeriKKKa’s worst nightmare, the super predator

 – Super Predator (with Styles P)

Gone like the wind, I can’t seem to win
I know the end is near, but I just don’t know when
Turn on to CNN, look at what I see again
It’s another black man died at the white hand of justice
To tell the truth, man, I’m fucking disgusted
I fear for the lives for my sisters, my brothers
Less fortunate than I, let’s formulate a plan
I’m sick of holding grudges, I’m loading in all my slugs and
Aiming it at you judges, fuck the cops
Fuck the system and the government, you fuckers not
Protecting and serving
You more like damaging and hurting

 – Babylon (with Chronixx)

Who you think investing in penitentiaries though?
Same owners as them labels
Same owners of your cables
Spoon feeding you fables trying to keep your mind stable
Your eyes blind, and your skin’s hazel
The truth’s under your nasal
But even the air’s all fucked up
How we supposed to see stars? Chemicals all above us
Plus bunch of other shit that’s undiscovered
Detached from your roots, as we set sail, my brothers
That’s word to motherland
Sold us on stolen land
Visions from brother men
You seen us all holding hands
Fifty years later still see my brothers choked to death
R.I.P. to Eric Garner, only right I show respect
Nowadays they hanging us by a different tree
Branches of the government, I can name all three
Judicial, legislative and executive
Lock your pops away, trap your moms and next the kids
It’s all consecutive
I’m just trying to break the cycle
I wonder if I’ll do it all before they take my life, yo
Crucify my image, the Lord is my witness
Seen them Heaven’s gates closed
I’mma break all them hinges for my niggas

 – Babylon (with Chronixx)

I want you believe not only in me, but have some faith in yourself
I wish you peace and good health, happiness and some wealth
I threw a coin in the well, ’cause I was feeling so well
A token of how I felt, never heard it fulfilled
Not a noise, not a sound, still no reason to doubt
Quality what I sell, quantity in the cells
Quantum physics myself, count a million atoms of cells
This life I’m living it out, you’re right, my vision is now
Don’t let the prisoner cell build a strut to break out
My brothers at the brick house, the undercover stakeout
Can’t you see it’s a trap? The type of shit I think ’bout
I sensed they needed my help, that’s why I had to reach out
What you think? I do it for my brothers under a spell
It’s clear we living in hell, the life of a black male
Right out the womb you come out, and it’s a bunch of blackmail
Just waiting for you to fail, a special room in the jail
With your name, a number on it so you property now
I see it properly now, it’s what the poverty ’bout
It’s all a game of Monopoly, tryna cop me a house
And elevate in the room until I fit in my tomb
And introduced to my doom, they say the end comin’ soon

 – Legendary (with J. Cole)

Watch out, another nigga runnin’ in the White House
But I won’t stop till this whole shit painted in all black
And we on top, because my people been painted before crack
Media’s got this whole thing tinted, it’s all fat
Feeding you lies like this whole thing wasn’t built on our backs
Assimilate our history, then made it a mystery
Now they all inherit the, bittersweet victory
Look at what they did to me, can I get a witness please?
Justice never served reparations never sent to me
It’s clear who the enemy, they declare war on the enemy
Assassinate my character, buryin’ my entity
But they can’t kill my energy, so when it’s said and done they forever gon’ remember me

 – Amerikkkan Idol

This that Bada$$-assination
Topic of conversation, my proclamation to the nation and its congregation
Been making observations like its my occupation
Debating speculation like it ain’t just second nature
Thou shall love thy neighbor, don’t let that nigga hate you
‘Cause he know where you lay up, when it’s karma time to pay up
Climb the ladder of success I’m steady on my way though
Devising plans while you sleepin’ I’m just tryna stay woke

 – Amerikkkan Idol

It’s for my people, tryin to stay alive just stay peaceful

So hard to survive when we’re so lethal

Who would take a stand and be our hero?

 – For My People

Trickery in the system, put my niggas in prison
All our history hidden, ain’t no liberty given
We all fit the description of what the documents written
We been lacking the vision and barely making a living
We too worried to fit in while they been benefitin’
Every time you submittin’, we all guilty admit it
The lord won’t get you acquitted, but you still ask for forgiveness
Put opiates in syringes then inject his religion
How many times do I gotta tell you I’m a man on a mission
Many times I gotta tell you I don’t need no permission
A human with super vision, ain’t no livin’ condition
I’m reaching out to my children, just hoping that they will listen
Start a new coalition against corrupt politicians
It’s not enough pots to piss in, too many murder convictions
Another family evicted, another black man a victim
That’s as real as it’s getting, you should take recognition

– Land of the Free

Spinning wheels on the axle of my embodiment,
Don’t waste your breath, you can’t BS, we know what your body meant
Through third eye codes, your third eye closed
If Steve Jobs made you purchase a third iPhone
All seeing eyes know what eye means
But 33 degrees can’t make us freeze
Said they watered us down so they forced to believe
That they won us through force and greed
Eye said they warning us now so of course they need to be
Wanting a force to lead

 – Like Water (with Capital STEEZ & CJ Fly)

My young world, your wildest dreams are within your reach
And I’mma tell you, just like I told me
Believe in yourself, you can do anything
No matter what they say you can’t do or won’t be
Don’t ever listen, keep limited homies, plus limits don’t know me
See, knowledge your pops and Wisdom’s your OG
Experience is born and understanding of thee
Of whom you’ve come to be, this child of Destiny
Nothing’s coincidental, everything meant to be

 – In the Wind (with Statik Selektah & Big K.R.I.T.)

Can’t change the world unless we change ourselves
Die from the sicknesses if we don’t seek the health
All eyes be my witness when I speak what’s felt
Full house on my hands, the cards I was dealt
Three K’s, Two A’s in AmeriKKKa
I’m just a black spade spawned out the nebula
And everything I do or say today is worthwhile
Will for sure inspire actions in your first child

 – Land of the Free

You see I learned something vital with my whole career
From just watching, observing things over the years
A secret that I don’t think that I’m supposed to share
But I don’t care cause if they kill me, I was never here
You see, the truths been hidden under your nose for a long time
The only real power is the one over your mind
So once you seek control of every little thing you do
Start to unlock the potential that’s inside of you

 – In The Wind (w Statik Selektah & Big K.R.I.T.)

Catch me on a zenith, looking, down from my nimbus cloud
Just thinking aloud, “The sky’s the limit”, How nigga?
I’m in it now and, Still I Rise, and as crazy as it sounds we gon’ get more high
Catch me on a zenith astral projecting to Venus

 – Zenith (with Denzel Curry)

Sometimes I speak and I feel like it ain’t my words
Like I’m just a vessel channeling inside this universe
I feel my ancestors unrested inside of me
It’s like they want me to shoot my chance in changing society
But how do I go about it? Tell me where I start?
My destiny rerouted when I chose to follow heart
You told to follow suit, but tell me what it do for you?
Except weigh you down, now you trapped inside the cubicle they built for us
The first step into change is to take notice
Realize the real games that they tried to show us
300 plus years of them cold shoulders
Yet 300 million of us still got no focus
Sorry America, but I will not be your soldier
Obama just wasn’t enough, I just need some more closure
And Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over
Let’s face facts ’cause we know what’s the real motives

 – Land Of The Free

My days numbered to infinity, when I close my eyes
I see the trinity, mind, body & soul holds the energy
But they dont know the inner g, I try to keep serenity
But enemies, always try to end me and my entity
But eventually we all gotta go someday
And I ain’t shine as a star if it ain’t on a sunday
But I know you see my rising son, cause when I do your whole rising too
The beast coast we deeper than verizon crew, in all our eyes is hues of blue and indigo
If you dont plan on controlling your soul, than what you in it fo? it’s intricate tho
To be this intrinsical, it may seem like we occult but we ain’t mystical
You missed the show
So put ya weapons or whatever your collecting
Word to my brethren conception, STEEZ I knew it swept us
They believe in false projections of the evil essence
So sleep on the progressive and wake up in the Medieval section

 – K.I.N.G.S. (with Capital STEEZ)

And the land of the free is full of free loaders
Leave us dead in the street to be your organ donors
They disorganized my people, made us all loners
Still got the last names of our slave owners

 – Land of the Free

What the government is doing to our people is downright evil but not surprising, that’s for certain
Under the conflict of propaganda, I believe simply trying to slander
Start a Civil War within the USA amongst black and white and those elite
They are simply pushing us to our limit so that we can all get together and get with it
They want us to rebel, so that it makes easier for them to kill us and put us in jails
Alton Sterlings are happening every day in this country and around the world
The scary part, boys and girls, is most of these stories don’t make it to the news and reach mass consciousness
It is for sure time that we as a people stand up for acknowledgement and accomplishment of what we call human rights
It is time to rebel, better yet, raise hell
I just want everyone to be cautious about how they go about it
Because this is all part of the government’s plan and what they been plottin’
They’re literally begging for this to happen, so they can kill us off using uprising and rebellion as an excuse in a timely fashion
The cancerous foods, the chemical warfare, economic suffering is not working fast enough
There are many steps ahead of us and manifesting the future that they want
We have to work together, not only rattling them on a physical plane but to outsmart them on an intellectual mental level the same thing
As black men, I think our gangs need to do a better job at protecting us, the people, our communities
And not assisting in destroying them brutally
It’s time to even the score
‘Cause who do we call when the police break the law
We are so quick to pick up a gun and kill one another
But not quick enough to pick it up and protect each other
The code words to killin’ a black man by police is “He’s got a gun”
Damned if he do, damned if he don’t, damned if he runs
Or what about them, them murderers got it
We need solutions, you better start plotting now
It’s always been clear that they don’t value our lives
My people been suffering way too long, and I’m tired of singing the same old song
People acting like this shit isn’t happening, it’s downright wrong
Justice won’t be served by a hashtag, and that’s the very reason I ask that
What are we to do? We’re scattered around
With no clue of this ugly truth
All we know is who they ridiculed and who gets minisculed
Time to wake the fuck up and do our own research
And not form opinions based on just what we’ve heard
Ameri-K-K-K-a is force feeding you lies down your throats with a silver spoon
And eventually, we’ll all be doomed
Real, real, real soon

 – Amerikkkan Idol