Joey Bada$$ – World Domination

June 25, 2012

The myth of the prodigy is always an attractive one; the minute a youngster has talent that defies his/her youth, we become enthralled, not just because it isn’t everyday that you see, say, a 17-year-old rapper with the rhymes and flow of a seasoned vet, but because talent that is inexplicably granted rather than explicably earned (through hard work) is utterly mysterious. Joey Badas$$ is a talented kid, and on “World Domination” his raw virtuosity is on display. He raps over a mix that sounds as if it could be the opening sequence to a 90’s cartoon, or possibly a blacksploitation sitcom, but nothing about “World Domination” feels juvenile. You’d think that at the age of 17, Joey Bada$$’s work would have hints of teenage angst, insecurity or naivete, but that’s just not the case. Instead, he raps with a confidence, and that’s probably the most intriguing thing of all.

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