Sunday, September 30, 2007

Joell Ortiz - The brick bodega - Chronicles 2007

Whats crackin? Yea, your right it has been a while since my last post. It is sort of chaotic around here lately. School is kicking my ass, work has been kicking my ass but the brew and weekends have been great to me.

Joell Ortiz. What can I say about this guy? Plenty.
This dude can eat emcees for lunch, dinner and breakfast.
He has seen the struggle, grew up in new york and reps hip hop to the fullest. Ortiz may come off in his lyrics as a "hard" intellectual but really deep down the man is actually very humble. He grew up with a single mom addicted to cocaine. To keep a close eye on his moms' he stayed home refusing school scholarships for basketball not to mention pulling off a score close to 1400 on his SAT’s. Oddly enough the grind his mom was going through Joell began getting involved in to support himself. Slanging on corners making loot and using his pay off to help get his music grind on. Guess what? It worked. He began making madd mixtapes walking into clubs with crates full and tossing them around the club. Eventually one of those tapes landed in the hands of Dr. Dre. Aftermath signed him and Ortiz has been doing big things ever since. Colabbing with some artists from both main and underground streams. Not that I am a fan of his track with Akon but he deffiently came correct with a favourtie mc of mine Imortal Technique. This album is for both fans of mainstream and underground scenes. Its a blend that will leave the underground heads saying "Damn this dude can rip it..but some of his tracks need some better production and does he really have to collab with Akon?" And the mainstream cats saying "are you serious did he just say -Yo do me a favor (what?)
Accidentally step on your white sunglasses...we don't wear those over here..this is Hip Hop"? His fanbase has recently said he is the next Big Pun, that him and Pun share the same energy, the same flow and the same knowledge. Because of this he actually did a dedication track to Pun. This piece of art shows that in fact nice guys do not always finish last and karma is not always a bitch or a son of one.

Track Listing

1. 125, Pt. 1 (The Bio) - Joell Ortiz
2. Brooklyn Remix - Big Daddy Kane, , Cashmere, , Maino, Joell Ortiz, , Solomon
3. Caught Up - Joell Ortiz
4. Night in My P's - Big Noyd, Joell Ortiz
5. 125, Pt. 2 (Fresh Air) - Joell Ortiz
6. Hip Hop - Joell Ortiz
7. Modern Day Slavery - Immortal Technique, Joell Ortiz
8. 125, Pt. 3 (Connections) - Gab Gotcha, , Graph, Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass, Stimuli
9. Bqe - Lord Black, Joell Ortiz, , Alex "BQE" Santiago
10. Block Royal - Joell Ortiz
11. Latino - La Bruja, Joell Ortiz
12. Keep on Callin' - Akon, Joell Ortiz,
13. Time Is Money - Joell Ortiz, Styles P
14. Brooklyn B******* - Joell Ortiz
15. 125, Pt. 4 (Finale) - Joell Ortiz

I wake up (Hip Hop)
Go to sleep (Hip Hop)
Dream bout (Hip Hop)
Cause I am (Hip Hop)

"They knocked down the towers to raise tax anything they borough we pay back!"