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Joey Bada$$, Boogie, Buddy, Dessy Hinds to play Republic NOLA

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Joey Badass is coming to the Republic April 25 as a part of the supporting tour for his latest album,

Joey Badass is coming to the Republic April 25 as a part of the supporting tour for his latest album, "All-Amerikkkan Bada$$."

Photo Courtesy of Gari Askew II

Photo Courtesy of Gari Askew II

Joey Badass is coming to the Republic April 25 as a part of the supporting tour for his latest album, "All-Amerikkkan Bada$$."

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On Wednesday, April 25, Brooklyn-based rapper Joey Bada$$ will perform at Republic NOLA. Currently touring following the April 2017 release of his second studio album “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$,” the rapper will be supported by Boogie, Buddy and Dessy Hinds.

Few contemporary rappers have achieved multifaceted pop culture success as quickly or holistically as Joey Bada$$. Between two critically acclaimed albums and an appearance on the second season of USA’s hit show “Mr. Robot,” his TV debut, Bada$$ has rapidly gained a cult following.

Commonly stylized as Joey Bada$$, the rapper first attained mainstream recognition following the releases of 2012 and 2013 mixtapes “1999” and “Summer Knights,” the latter of which debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

It wasn’t until the releases of “B4.DA.$$,” however, that the rapper achieved widespread mainstream success. Propelled by the popularity of singles like “Paper Trail$” and “Christ Conscious,” Joey Bada$$’s debut album and its crossover appeal led to a performance on The Tonight Show and collaboration with indie rock band Glass Animals.

In early 2016, Bada$$’s career momentum increased monumentally. Soon after being cast in a recurring role in “Mr. Robot,” he released hit single “Devastated,” which peaked at number 30 on Billboard’s Rhythmic chart was eventually certified gold.

The popularity of “Devastated” and single “Land of the Free” quickly established “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$” as an overwhelming success, landing him an opening slot on Logic’s Everybody Tour and ghostwriting credits on Post Malone’s “Rockstar.”

Although his music appeals to indie and mainstream fans alike, Bada$$’s lyrics stray definitively from the mundane, all-too-familiar pitfalls of many mainstream rappers and lyricists. Politically charged hits like “Rockabye Baby” and “Temptation” espouse Bada$$’s dissatisfaction with the systemic racism prevalent in American culture.

In the chorus of “Land of the Free,” Bada$$ raps “They disorganized my people, made us all loners / Still got the last names of our slave owners,” later addressing disproportionate incarceration rates and contrasting the Obama and Trump administrations.

Between his music’s socially relevant subject matter and undeniable crossover appeal, Joey Bada$$’s show next Thursday at the Republic is not one to miss. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the first opener will take the stage at 9:00 p.m.

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Joey Bada$$, Boogie, Buddy, Dessy Hinds to play Republic NOLA