Joey Bada$$ raps about the dangers of consumerism, and how wealth has negatively impacted him in “Paper Trail$.”
“They say money is the root of all evil/ I say money is the route of all people.” Joey takes the opportunity to convey an extremely important concept about the society we live in. With the amusing homophone of the words “root” and “route,” he emphasizes the pathway to money is the one most people end up taking instead of pursuing their true passions.
“Cause we all follow paper trails, paper trails
And everybody gotta pay their bills, pay their bills”
“Cause cash ruined everything around me”
Throughout the song, Joey Bada$$ alludes the 1993 Wu Tang Clan classic “C.R.E.A.M” in which rapper Method Man rhymes that cash rules everything around him. Raekwon’s verse “Get the money, dollar dollar bill, y’all” is also something Joey makes a reference to in “Paper Trail$,” where he raps “It’s the dollar dollar bill, it’s the dollar bill that kills, y’all.”
Produced by the legendary DJ Premier, the easygoing instrumentals made the listen very pleasant. The well-put together message was by itself amazing, but the way Joey delivered them with a strong and determined flow made it even better. He also used many multi-syllable rhyme schemes, and the most clever and memorable ones were:
“But they still planting plantations, we keep buying in
“So cut the BS, and don’t worry where my jeans is
And PS: Your bitch a genius, learned from my penis”
For those seeking tracks with great concepts and spotless production, “Paper Trail$” by Joey Bada$$ is an essential addition to your playlist.
Stay on the lookout for his new All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ album coming out on April 7th.