Latest Tunes: Joeybada$$-“Land of the Free”
March 23, 2017
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Brooklyn native, Joey Bada$$, gets political on his single “Land of the Free”. Joey’s “Land of the Free” speaks on the issues of police brutality and racism in America. He addresses this reality in the first verse as he states, “Full house on my hands, the cards I was dealt /Three K’s, two A’s in Amerikkkaa”. Joey uses his lyrical skills to create a play on the idea of cards being dealt to him and poker to address the racism that exists in America. Three K’s and two A’s are a reference to three kings and two aces, which are the cards he was dealt. The figurative cards Joey is dealt relates to the idiom that one must play the hand they are dealt, meaning that they must make the most of their current situation. The three K’s spell out KKK, a white supremacist organization, which is meant to shed light on the corrupt and racist side of America. In Joey’s case and the case of many minorities living in America they are dealt a hand of cards that subjects them to discrimination.
Joey also speaks on the scars left behind by slavery stating, “Still got the last name of our slave owners.” During slavery Blacks were given the last name of their slave owner to denote that they were property. Although slavery was abolished in 1863 Blacks still have the last names of the slave owners who owned their ancestors. Joey acknowledges the issues in America, however he expresses hope stating “And everything I do or say today is worthwhile/Will for sure inspire actions in your first child.” His words of encouragement should inspire us all, both black and white to work together to make America a country where all are treated fairly. In order to accomplish this we must first realize the problems in our great nation and work together to improve our country.