A week before dropping his sophomore album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, Joey Bada$$ unleashes “Rockabye Baby,” his highly-anticipated collaboration with ScHoolboy Q.
Over hard-hitting drums, Jozif Badmon takes aim at the President once again. “If you ’bout this revolution, please stand up,” he raps. “We ain’t got no one to trust / Time is running up, feel the burn in my gut / And if you got the guts, scream, ‘Fuck Donald Trump!’”
But beyond being critical of Trump, Joey also turns the song into a cry for peace amongst Bloods and Crips. “Peace to my Slimes, and peace to my Crips,” he raps. “Neighborhood police and they always on the shift / Protect my Bloods, look out for my cuz / When it’s all said and done, we be the realest there was.”
Groovy Tony picks up on the song’s politically-charged theme, too. “The murder weapon on me,” he rhymes. “Fuck if this bitch start flamin’ / The cops patrollin’, get that punk ass American flag ceremony / Oh, ah, damn am I going too far?”
Later, he reflects on history to better illustrate his point. “From gettin’ lynched in fields to ownin’ buildings,” he raps. “Getting millions, influencin’ white children / And oddly we still ain’t even / Still a small percentage of blacks that’s eating / Same routines, the same dope fiends / Them nightmare dreams, forever murder season / Bad intentions to them picket fences / They gave us guns but won’t hire us, ni**a? / So we killin’ senseless.”