Joey Bada$$ & ScHoolboy Q Awaken The Revolution On The Explosive “Rockabye Baby” (Audio)
“If you ’bout this revolution, please stand up,” raps Joey Bada$$ on his new single, “Rockabye Baby.” Featuring ScHoolboy Q, it’s a dark, overcast call to arms. It’s the latest from All Amerikkkan Bada$$, the forthcoming album from the Brooklyn MC who continues to prove time and time again that he is devoted to creating political, meaningful, and message-driven music. The album’s lead single, “Land of the Free,” features Joey saying “three Ks, two As in ‘America,'” speaking both to the album’s title and the white supremacy still running flagrant in the U.S.
He again addresses oppression, racism, and the current administration in “Rockabye Baby,” even going as far as to say “if you got the guts, say ‘fuck Donald Trump.'” Ending his opening verse with “and they still won’t let the Black man live,” Joey opens up the floor for his West Coast counterpart, Q, who is as ominous and ready for war as ever. For the first few bars, he isn’t accompanied by anything other than some strings, but his delivery is anything but mellow; in fact, he raps about dead cops. “On mamas for them dirty dollars, brains on collars/Park the car around the corner, I’ll be there in a second/The murder weapon on me/Fuck it, if this bitch start flaming, the cops patrolling/Get that punkass American flag ceremony/Aw, damn, am I going too far?” In what might be ScHoolboy Q’s best verse as a featured artist, his uncut street sensibilities are a perfect complement to Joey’s “by any means necessary” sentiment.