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Joey Bada$$ Releases Debut Album 'B4.DA.$$,' Birthday Single "Born Day (AquariUS)" [LISTEN]

By Ryan Middleton ryan.middleton@musictimes.com | Jan 21, 2015 06:33 PM EST

The wait is at last over for Joey Bada$$ fans. They can finally go out and get the debut album, B4.DA.$$, from the talented young gun from Brooklyn via Cinematic Music Group / Pro Era. The album can be streamed in full for Spotify users. The album is largely just Joey Bada$$ solo songs, but he does call upon other artists like Action Bronson, Kiesza, Raury and BJ the Chicago Kid for features. Bada$$ showed his maturity at 20-years-old holding down the role of executive producer for the whole record, but called upon some big names for production work like Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, Pro Era producer, Chuck Strangers, The Roots and even samples from the creative genius that was J Dilla.

Stream the album on Spotify below and head to iTunes to make the purchase if you want to own it.

Scott has served a healthy portion of singles before the album releases including the highly touted "Curry Chicken," the controversial, but radio friendly "Teach Me" and "Run Up On Ya" with fellow New York MC Action Bronson.

This is the first full-length effort since 2013's Summer Knights mixtape and shows a growth into the expectations and the promise that Scott has shown with his previous mixtapes. He could have shied away from the opportunity and played it safe, but instead Bada$$ attacked the album head on and created a debut that will leave the rest of his career on very solid footing.

The album was also released (Jan. 20) conveniently on Bada$$'s 20th birthday and to celebrate, he gifted his fans with another tune - a freebee titled "Born Day (AquariUS)," produced by Statik Selektah. Stream and download "Born Day (AcquariUS)" below via the Pro Era soundcloud page.

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