$ (pronounced "Before Da Money") is the debut studio album by American rapper Joey Badass. It was released on January 20, 2015, his 20th birthday, by Cinematic Music Group and Relentless Records. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, selling 54,000 copies in the first week in the United States.
Released January 20, 2015. $, pronounced Before da Money, is the debut studio album by Joey Bada$$, released on January 20, 2015 – his 20th birthday – through Pro Era LLC and Cinematic Music Group. Make sure to check out the liner notes as well as our breakdown of the artwork and track list. In an interview on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning show, Peter Rosenberg had a nice take on the album’s name, where he explains a possible triple entendre, with the name also meaning Be for the money and Badass.
$ Label: Pro Era – CMG CD 2385, Cinematic Music Group – CMG CD 2385. Executive-Producer – Joey Bada$$, Jonny Shipes. Management – Dru Ha, Noah Friedman. Mastered By – Mark Christensen.
This album has an average beat per minute of 97 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 63/172 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. $ Album starts at 172BPM, ends at 76BPM (-96), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Joey Bada$$. All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.
On Joey Bada$$'s debut LP B. A. $, the rapper revisits golden era sounds and aims for greatness. And make no mistake, B. $ is a case of squandered resources rather than some expected mediocrity inoffensively met. It sets a compelling mood well-a restless-youth disbelief in actually making it, even when all the evidence is laid out in front of him, until finally the cloud cover breaks and it all starts registering.
$ will come out on Joey’s 20th birthday, which is just one tip that the album is more mature than anything he’s done before. Tellingly, Dyemond Lewis is the only member of Bada$$’s Pro Era crew to lay down a verse ( On & On ); clearly, Joey wanted to keep the spotlight on his own words, his own vision. His wordplay, comparable to his friend Ab-Soul’s, remains integral to his approach, but here he’s more personal and purposeful than he was on his mixtapes, rapping about rapping but also lamenting the realities of being young and black in America
Joey Bada$$ has B. a Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight, Lee Bannon, DJ Premier and Hit-Boy, Joey says to XXL. We got some good beats. Although he has all of these producers on deck, Bada$$ says fans shouldn’t expect too many guests on the album. Just put it like this, he says. Biggie only had Method Man on Ready To Die. But when is the album set to drop? It’s coming real soon, Joey. I still don’t want to give the date just yet. Let’s just say about a month into the fall. Get The Most Important Stories Of The Day Straight To Your Inbox.
Save the Children
Piece of Mind
Belly of the Beast
On and On
Run Up on Ya
Action Bronson - Featured Artist ASTR - Producer Lee Bannon - Producer Basquiat - Producer BJ the Chicago Kid - Featured Artist Nick Breton - Mixing, Vocal Engineer Mark Christensen - Mastering Chronixx - Featured Artist DJ Premier - Mixing, Producer Francesca Guzman - Vocals Wayne "Heirowayne" Harewood - A&R Heirowayne - Vocals Hit-Boy - Mixing, Producer J Dilla - Producer Freddie Joachim - Producer Joey Bada$$ - A&R, Executive Producer, Primary Artist Jonnyshipes - Executive Producer Kiesza - Featured Artist Kirk Knight - Producer, Vocals Andrew Krivonos - Engineer, Mixing, Sequencing Dyemond Lewis - Featured Artist, Vocals Maverick Sabre - Featured Artist Nastee - Mixing James Niche - Vocals Adam Palin - Additional Production Parks - Mixing Raury - Featured Artist Anthony Reid - Additional Production Antonio "Tony Whlgn" Robinson - Art Direction, Design The Roots - Producer Amanda Rosenthal - Project Manager Sam I Am - Producer Jonny Shipes - Executive Producer The Soul Rebels - Horn, Instrumentation Statik Selektah - A&R, Mixing, Producer Chuck Strangers - Producer Elle Varner - Featured Artist Brady Watts - Guitar (Bass) Cas Weinbren - Keyboards Cole Williams - Vocals