Joey Badass - "Land of the Free"
Trying times call for confident artists, and Joey Badass is fully up to the challenge. "Land of the Free" is the first song off his sophomore album AABA, and the first single we've heard since last year's smash hit "Devastated." The content is more somber here—this is a protest song against racist American institutions old and new, from the prison systems to the current ruling regime. "300-plus years of them cold shoulders / Yet 300 million of us still got no focus," Joey raps. "Sorry America but I will not be your soldier / Obama just wasn't enough—I need some more closure / And Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over."
It's a message we need to remember, but Joey's impeccable flow and the dreamy, misty-eyed production make the medicine go down easy.—Graham Corrigan