Joey Bada$$ is two weeks away from the release of his sophomore album, All AmeriKKKan Bada$$, and all he wants to do is bring hip-hop together to celebrate the music.With the help of Sony Red, Cinematic Music Group and Pro Era, the Brooklyn rapper hosted an invite-only listening event at Adoro Lei, a quaint Italian bistro in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. Tastemakers and industry buffs gathered over unlimited liquor and a variety of pizzas made with ingredients flown in straight from Italy,

Joey Bada$$ had one thing to say when he entered the building: “I have a three drink consumption rule.”

With drinks in hand, the room listened as Hot 97's DJ Megan Ryte played various tracks from Joey's upcoming album while the rapper worked the room, taking pictures and answering questions about the new project. Impressed with the sounds spilling out of the speakers, The Boombox asked the New York native what qualities it takes to be an "All AmeriKKKan Badass" in this new Trump era.

"I gotta think about that one. Let me sit with it for a minute," Joey said.

Addressing the room about his sophomore LP, Joey said, “I’m gonna tell you something about my album—and this is exclusive...” He continued, “If you check the track listing you’ll see it’s twelve tracks arranged into two sides. One side I like to call ‘The Heroes Side’ and that has a certain vibe. When you get to the other side that’s more 'The Vindictive Villainous Side.’ When you listen to the album all the way through, you’re gonna know exactly what I mean.”

The project, which features J. Cole, Styles P and ScHoolboy Q, drops Apr. 7.


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