The album opens with the track “Save the children”. Joey asserts that he doesn’t fear the changes in the world, even though he does feel inferior or like he’s not relevant in today’s society. The next track “Greenbax (introlude)” sees a much younger Joey talking to his friend about how much money they are making by selling candy, with which they are going to support themselves. At the end of the interlude, an older Joey reflects on his younger thoughts, believing he’s achieved what he wanted to do.
The third track, “Paper trail$”, develops on the idea of the previous track, with Joey reminiscing about life before the money and how it was simpler, but harder. Now that he’s famous, he doesn’t know if people genuinely like him or if they like him because of the fame and money. He ends the song by saying, “Money is the root of all evil. Money is the root of all people.” It is at this point that the album loses steam, with the next few tracks doing very little to keep the listener from pausing the album. The tracks “Piece of mind”, “Hazeus view” and “Like me” see him talking about personal and interesting things, but the manner in which he does so is quite lackadaisical.
The album picks up steam again with the tracks “Belly of the beast” and “No. 99”, with the former talking about his rough, gang-riddled childhood, and the latter talking about the current state of politics in the world. “On and on” sees Joey speaking about the death of his friend and fellow rapper Capital Steez and how he’s still moving on with life, which makes the track serve as a life lesson. The final track, “Curry chicken”, opens with words of advice from Joey’s mother. The listener hears her saying that only what you believe about yourself is true.
Joey Badass has a lot of important things to say, but sometimes it seems like he’s not really interested in what he’s saying. Even though he falters from time to time, B4.DA.$$ is a solid album, and the production never ceases to amaze.