The artist many fell in love with and knew would be a star. He’s been thinking over things in his mind and he’s set to go off without explanation. ♞. The track comes with a surprise guest verse from Pusha T, where of course, he absolutely dismantles the beat one bar at a time. This new EP is a smooth and gentle portion of hiphop with an old school feel. Joey has really been in his mind lately and it’s apparent he has a lot he is ready to say. On the second track, Joey teams up with the President of GOOD Music, Pusha T. The track titled “No Explanation,” produced by Swizz Beats & Sean C LV, has Joey bragging about his stats and skills as a rapper but he then changes his focus to being a voice to the voiceless. ), Best Songs of 2019 (updated continuously! Production was decent and Joey was decent as well. The question is, is Joey the balance to the force? Anthony Malone is a music journalist based in Brooklyn, NY with a love and passion for everything hip-hop, especially from NY. First, the Brooklyn native harkens back to the boom-bap style that introduced him to the world on the project’s title track. Joey rides most of the beats pretty smoothly, especially the brilliant beat of Shine, which features an amazing sample of Everybody Loves the Sunshine. This is so average! With one feature (Pusha T on No Explanation) over three songs, Joey Bada$$ stands alone in his generation. Like, this is so amazingly average. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Keep your comments focused on the release. This new EP is a smooth and gentle portion of hiphop with an old school feel. I was definitely expecting everyone involved on this EP to absolutely snap. Joey Bada$$ is back with a new set of singles that are released under the name The Light Pack.The Brooklyn-based rapper skyrocketed to fame early on in his career. I don’t have much to say, it’s an EP which presents some interesting artistic choices regarding aesthetics and motives that I hope he continues with in the near future. Yes, because this is just incredibly average. It's just an extended play, promotional for his next album, it seems. Eight-minute EP, three cuts, he didn't even know how to get back into the game after three years of silence: he doesn't even want this release to be cataloged as an EP, but it's not an album and – despite they tried here, in vain – it's not a single. This is the first we’ve heard from Joey Bada$$ since his remarkable 2017 record. From his mixtapes to his full length projects I have thoroughly enjoyed his unique style and cadence, so naturally my excitement when this surprise announcement was dropped was through the roof. tweet & measly 3 cuts that sound very last-year, to say the least. I'm now convinced AOTY forgot EVERYTHING about pure hip-hop music after the trap rap wave in 2019. The Light Pack presents stable and interesting ideas but nothing new from Joey, it's not surprising and its honestly pretty predictable. Laying low for the last three years, this is Joey’s first release since 2017’s All Amerikkkan Bada$$. Trinity Building Monday – Friday: (512) 245-3883 I told you so in the way that he thinks that this next album is going to dignify releasing this EP, because the album is going to be that good (and it might be). I was lucky to get exposed to Joey early on his musical career, even got to see him perform just before his debut release of "B4.DA.$$" and ever since I have watched him with vigilant eyes. Joey released a three-song EP called The Light Pack. Why theres only 3 songs on your music album!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! This is almost perfection. Admitting he lost the spark, Joey raps as if he fell in love with the boom-bap, and heavy bass all over again: “It’s like I lost my glow, yo/My inner light was dimmin’/Now I got my mojo back”. However, The Light Pack is so light that it should be called the “Dim View.” While it features a more mature yet classic Joey Bada$$, he doesn’t do too much on this EP. Released: 16 July 2020 #1 The Light – 0:10 #2 No Explanation ft Pusha T – 3:31 #3 Shine – 9:02 ★: Seriously flawed; very poor work but relatively listenable. At least, I would really hope that’s the case, as while I really enjoyed these three new songs they would wind up being extremely underwhelming if we have to wait a long while to hear from Joey again. Yes, it is only a single, yes, we are talking about a year that so far has been pretty exceptional and filled with amazing releases by an avalanche of great artists, but there is something about “The Light Pack” that just fits ... as much as i love joey these first two songs arent it. Pusha T’s feature has him bragging about his jewels and adding his wealth. Dissing mumble rappers is more boring than mumble rap tbh as it hasn't been original for years. Hearing he was dropping some new music had my hype levels absolutely through the roof, and when I found out we’d be getting three new songs instead of just one that hype exploded tenfold. Joey Bada$$ returns with The Light Pack; a three-track EP that is only 8 minutes and 22 seconds in total, but says a whole lot. Anyways, there are some cool rhyme schemes here about how good he is at rapping. A cup of Hennessy, a beats pill (one of his essentials as seen on GQ), and some reefer to get the mind right – Joey does some reflecting. Now that Joey has lived up to his expectations, he is saying that he can get back to business. For this offering, Joey projects the three pillars that have amassed him his core fanbase. yet he's been known to publicly cosign artists like Playboi Carti. Any spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags as such. Creating contention amongst rap & hip-hop heads alike over the usage of auto tune and complexity in lyricism, rap music ushered in the next wave of emcees who took those words Jay uttered on the Blueprint 3. This feels like 8 minutes of procedurally-generated Joey Bada$$. ★★★★: Excellent; recommended to all fans of artist or genre. Even if I started listening to this album waiting for a whole LP, I'm not disappointed at all. Since then, all that we have heard from him are his featured verses on the Beast Coast albums and … Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Don't use this space to complain about the average rating, chart position, genre voting, others' reviews or ratings, or errors on the page. Not very memorable but they still exude a great level of lyricism and the production is really nice. The first track titled “The Light” Joey raps about his brief hiatus. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyJMalone3. I fall somewhere in between, there are some undoubtedly great tracks on there with some fantastic hooks (Temptation, Devastated) and production (Babylon, For My People). ( Log Out / The Light Pack is a good eight-minute peek into the future of Joey Bada$$ but it doesn’t foreshadow much and leaves its audience asking for more. He references this fact in the opening track of The Light Pack, “I admit it I was gone for a little minute, it was like I lost my glow.”. "The Light Pack" is the latest EP from Brooklyn born rapper Joey Bada$$. 3: Cane & Abel EP (Song-by-Song Reaction), Benny The Butcher – Burden Of Proof (ALBUM REVIEW), Willie the Kid | Capital Gains (Full Album REACTION), Teller Bank$ – The Grotesque & Beautiful (REACTION/REVIEW). Joey’s intentions are simple: to add substance back to Hip-Hop. Between that AND seeing that there was a Pusha T feature (on the same day Drake dropped no less…?) Now, better than ever, Joey is set to turn the rap game on its head and isn’t looking for recognition. Likewise, don't respond to trollish comments; just report them and ignore them. The track is brief but it sets the tone well for Joey’s return. Votes are used to help determine the most interesting content on RYM. ★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist. Often regarded as one of the best rappers to hail from New York, Joey’s signature hard-hitting flow, similar to that of The Notorious B.I.G., has been missed over the past year. Laying low for the last three years, this is Joey’s first release since 2017’s All Amerikkkan Bada$$. Nonetheless, unlike his albums, nothing here is memorable: musically, he introduces beats that are pleasing to an East Coast fan but generic and simple, from the arguments point of view, he shows off his lyrical muscles and again (and rightfully so) raises his middle finger at the mumble rap that, despite being hated by practically everyone except those who do it, ironically is the only thing out of place in these eight minutes, the only weak point of this ep, avoidable lame bar. Jokes are fine, but don't post tactless/inappropriate ones. 1/2: Terrible; a true embarrassment and akin to audio masochism. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. He’s been featured on Passion of the Weiss, and Okayplayer. Stay tuned to find out! I’d rather listen to mumble rap at this point. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. He's always expressed disdain towards contemporary rap (and judging by these bars, I'm assuming it's because they mumble?) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). ), There’s more to life than trap music and mumble rap, bro, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEiLzIzWd68, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlOTS18Kcpc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8nWiEAFS8M, Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce (REACTION), Black Thought – Streams of Thoughts Vol. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ★★★: Good; fans of the artist will find value here. Rapping through the acts of the Wu-Tang Clan, The Notorious B.I.G, Nas, and Mobb Deep, these Brooklyn rap groups had one mission, one goal in mind: bring “real” Hip-Hop back; the music they lived and adored from when they were kids. The final track on The Light Pack titled “Shine” produced by Statik Selektah samples Roy Ayers “Everybody Loves The Sunshine.” The sample gives the record a classic hip hop feel as the 70’s funk loops play and you hear the soul singer in the background vocalizing “Shine” on the downbeats. Reflecting on his success, the progress and the changes in status; Joey sounds content with his spoils, but nothing compares to his real goal – being the voice of the voiceless. Would be a nice 12" with instrumentals on the flipside. No Comments on [REVIEW] Joey Bada$$ Returns to Form with “The Light Pack” In 2009, Jay-Z declared war on auto tune with a single that created shockwaves across the landscape of rap music. ( Log Out / Change ), 203 Pleasant St. Office: (512) 245-5879 News Tip line ★★: Unexceptional; a few highlights but otherwise bland. ( Log Out / This is godly interpolation." Use the boards for extended discussion. Track 1: I really don't understand Joey's feelings towards the rap game. Embodying the mind and soul of every kid in the streets of Brooklyn, Joey raps to connect and console the listener. Average. He says he lost his way and had to find his mojo before he could come back. However, The Light Pack is a perfect blend of both styles, as Joey Bada$$ successfully makes two era’s meet in the middle, creating a sound that only Joey can pull off without sounding dated. ★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout. Look, I get that Joey is one of ... Are you kidding?? This isn't even up to debate, that's how average this is. In the three songs, Joey announces his return to form reminiscent of his Pro Era days. ( Log Out / Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. As of now, I’m intrigued about what new paths Badmon will take in his next album, which I highly anticipate. A bold return for the rapper who self-proclaims his music as “…mumble rap extermination“. Dare I say that Joey Bada$$ just dropped one of the most average releases of the year?
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