enters the Billboard chart this week at #5

Spotify online listen
3.5 of 5.0 by allmusic

debut album
guess you have to use those dollar signs in his name
then you have to figure out how to pronounce it
usual subject matter here
not my thing but it may be yours

artist website - http://theproera.com/members/joey-badass/

Bio - from allmusic

Influenced by the indie yet street attitudes of crew like Black Hippy, rapper Joey Bada$$ rose to fame by releasing mixtapes and forming his own hip-hop collective, Pro
Era. Born in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Joey began performing under the name JayOhVee, but changed it to Joey Bada$$ before signing his Pro Era crew
to the Cinematic Music label in 2012. It was the same year Joey made his solo debut with the mixtape 1999, which was followed in 2013 by the mixtape Summer
Knights. Later that year he made his official debut when the Summer Knights EP landed, featuring four tracks from the mixtape of the same name.

Album Review - from consequenceofsound

The audience is chanting for the performer to take the stage, but this — Joey Bada$$ — isn’t supposed to be what they want. The Brooklyn teenager has been both
praised and written off as a throwback, rapping over old beats by DOOM, J Dilla, and Lord Finesse. He’s conservative where young artists are expected to challenge
tradition, but, over time, the newcomer with the unsightly name has turned out to be less of a nuisance and more of a serious prospect. Following two mixtapes, B4.Da.
$$ is his proper debut, and its greatness seems imminent as soon as that room-filling applause swells during its opening seconds.

B4.Da.$$ will come out on Joey’s 20th birthday, which is just one tip that the album is more mature than anything he’s done before. Tellingly, Dyemond Lewis is the only
member of Bada$$’s Pro Era crew to lay down a verse (“On & On”); clearly, Joey wanted to keep the spotlight on his own words, his own vision. His wordplay,
comparable to his friend Ab-Soul’s, remains integral to his approach, but here he’s more personal and purposeful than he was on his mixtapes, rapping about rapping
but also lamenting the realities of being young and black in America.

Structurally, the album is wide in scope: During one interlude, a radio host asks Joey about his Jamaican/Caribbean heritage, foreshadowing reggae-inspired songs
like “Belly of the Beast” (featuring native Jamaican Chronixx). At its most detailed, B4.Da.$$ brings to mind the part in Kendrick Lamar’s XXL cover story where he
writes that he spent his teens becoming a rapper but didn’t learn how to be a writer until later. By that metric, Joey, just 19 for now, is evolving even faster.

Producer Chuck Strangers talked about wanting to bring a more modern, party-ready sound to B4.Da.$$, but his contributions aren’t exactly DJ Mustard impressions;
he just opted for double-time tempos and more melody. The rest of B4.Da.$$ – with beats from DJ Premier (“Paper Trail$”) and Dilla/The Roots (“Like Me”) — balances
old and new. While the drums and turntable scratches evoke any number of ’90s touchstones (but especially Dah Shinin’ and The Awakening), the piano, bass, and other
instruments absolutely glow. Even “Big Dusty” and “Christ Conscious”, though toned down in certain ways, are just spacey and off enough to sound psychedelic. “This
shit is like taking candy from the babies/ Under these rappers is just a bunch of Now & Laters,” Joey observes on “Big Dusty”. Vintage sound or no, he won’t be one of
those fleeting MCs; he possesses such skill and drive that it’s doubtful he still needs his predecessors to show him where to go next.

review site called this an essential track:

Track Listing

1. Save The Children
2. Greenbax (Introlude)
3. Paper Trail$
4. Piece of Mind
5. Big Dusty
6. Hazeus View
7. Like Me
8. Belly of the Beast
9. No. 99
10. Christ Conscious
11. On and On
12. Escape 120
13. Black Beetles
14. O.C.B.
15. Curry Chicken
16. Run Up On Ya
17. Teach Me