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Joey Bada$$

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Pro Era
Statik Selektah on the beats, who gets an awful lot of credit simply for not autotuning the fuck out of everything (default US production style at the moment). Thing is, for us UK listeners, not using autotune isn't that odd — it's pretty much what all UK producers do anyway, so SS gets no extra props for bucking the admittedly shit current trends. Still, this is refreshingly hard-hitting, a real late '90s NYC sound to it, modern enough not to sound retro, retro enough not to sound too mainstream. I hope Bada$$ consolidates the undoubted skills he demonstrated on his previous albums and actually does something totally NEW on whatever he's about to drop. Fuck appealing to both the pop-hop fans but also the backpackers. Keep an eye peeled.
8.0