The Real Hip-Hop Is Over Here…

Tuesday night in NYC is the best night of the week. If there isn’t some entertainment industry party offering a top shelf open bar, what I like to call O-Bamas, there is a rap music showcase hosted at the venerable nightclub S.O.B.’s. This spot has been around since I was a little dude. I can’t even enumerate all the parties I have been to in the space and the people I have seen perform in this shoebox size venue. I will go in for a second though since It makes me feel good to reminisce. The Roots, Common, The Ohio Players, Game Rebellion, DeLa Soul, PharOAHE Monch, Gil Scot-Heron, The Fugees and last night, Joell Ortiz.

I haven’t seen Joell Ortiz perform live since he opened up the Zune concert in Brooklyn. That joint was crazy bananas. Boot Camp Clik, The Lox, and Brand Nubians (incl. Grand Puba) performed while the show was headlined by LL Cool J. What I took from that show was that after all of these years LL Cool J still loves to get on stage and rap. His set was forty minutes long and he never stopped bouncing across the stage. I’m amped to see what concerts jump off here this summer.

The show last night was headlined by Joell Ortiz, but he had a lineup filled with guest spots from up and coming rappers and ‘hood legends. Skyzoo, who likes to refer to himself as S-K, not to be confused with the legendary Eskay from Nah’Right. Incidentally, Eskay might be more influential to rap music than 93.75% of the rappers in the music business right now. Why else do you think so many rappers are creating blogs?

There was Don Cerino, Emilio Rojas, J the S and a rapper from South Carolina named Dan Johns. And for good measure, your favorite blogger’s favorite rapper C-Rayz Walz got on the mic for a mini set. Hip-Hop was in the building for sure. You could smell it in the atmosphere. Even underground rappers on the come up have their own weedcarriers. Boston’s own J the S had his entourage hold him down on stage and back in the green room. Now I see why they call that space the ‘green’ room.

Dan Johns, the dude from South Carolina, is cut from the cloth of rappers who put their lyrics before them as a representation of their true life. Sometimes the reality of struggling through adversity and poverty with humility and nobility is a lost set of values. Dan Johns dealt with adversity on stage as well when his set was interrupted by sound system glitches. To his credit he can actually freestyle and he delivered 16 bars off the top of his dome before an audience that was seeing him for the first time. That was Hip-Hop.

J the S, also known as Jake the Snake hails from Beantown and he had a nice little set with his W.C. repping with him as well as a backup singer. Honestly, I didn’t see too much of dude because I was in the green room, er, greening myself. Drugs are bad boys and girls.

I caught C-Rayz on stage. That nigga is crazy. He is like the Richard Pryor of this rap shit. Catch him at a show if you can. I missed the other acts too and I’m not really sure why. I was doing some videotaping for the iNternets Celebrities or DallasPenn dot com. Depending on how the video comes together will determine which site hosts the final cut. Lots of shit goes down at a live Hip-Hop show and you have to run around like you have rollerblades on your feet if you want to catch everything.

I got a chance to see Skyzoo for the first time. He’s a good guy, but damn if he doesn’t favor Jay-Z almost to the point that Memphis Bleek will catch some feelings. Skyzoo’s cadence and his onstage idiosyncrasies matched Jay to the tee. I suppose you could do a whole lot worse for yourself if you wanted to copy someone’s swagger. I know Skyzoo has a ridiculous buzz so he needs to keep working on his own steez to stay around in this business. Sonn did bbust my head with the fact that he is releasing his latest album on iTunes. Young rappers have wised up finally to the fact that record labels are dinosaurs about to be dead. Good for him.

The part of the night that the entire crowd came for was upon us. Joell Ortiz might be the most lyrically gifted rapper in the game right now. He certainly matches Black Thought with his ability to spit complex verses at various speeds and levels. Joell ran through his hits like ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Hip-Hop’, ‘and 125 Grams’, but the loudest applause came for his version of ‘Latino’. The crowd at S.O.B.’s was overwhelmingly latino and Joell’s Block Royal family came through deep as well. Joell did a few new joints that we heard recently as well as a brand new banger scheduled for the ‘Free Agent Mixtape’ project.

If you aren’t fucking with Joell Ortiz by now I suggest you hang yourself with a pair of pantyhose for the shower head in your parent’s house basement like that dude did in ‘A Soldier and a Gentleman’. Okay, I take that back. XXL Mag dot com’s acceptable use policy states that I am no longer to give people medical advice. Still and all, fucking with Joell Ortiz is good for your health. The ‘Free Agent Mixtape’ will feature Joell Ortiz and some of the most talented rappers in the game right now. Talib Kweli will be on the that joint too.

Things are looking up right now for Joell Ortiz and that makes me happy for dude. He comes from the bottom, but his dedication and his work ethic keep him rising to the top. After the show Joell told me something crazy. “It takes at least ten years of blood, sweat and tears for you to become an overnight success.”

Congrats my dude.

  • Dirtmode

    Hip Hop aint dead, the onbe group nobody wants to talk about and we all have different reasons why we think htis is La Coka Nostra or you could say the return of House Of Pain with a few new members that spit twice as hard as Eminem ever did and have the most hits of any hip hop site in myspace history, Tech N9ne a close second but thats another story. Wake Up XXL stop tryin to ignore something thats about to go boom! You cant drown sharks! Dirty Dave KCMO

    • MOB

      ORTIZ IS ALL AROUND WACK. GET THAT BACKPACK SHIT OUTTA HERE.

      • http://www.theclassiks.blogspot.com H. IMPERIAL

        WELL WHO DO U LIKE THEN…I’M TIRED OF NI66AZ TALKIN’ SHIT….U MUST BE FROM BATON ROUGE…

        http://www.mogulus.com/imperialtv

        • EReal

          He probably thinks Weezy is the GOAT.

  • http://www.rockthedub.com khal

    1) i was watching a documentary WWE did on jake the snake roberts on sunday. that white man had a fucked up life. and he was a fuckin alcoholic. whiskey drinking bastard

    2) how does Obama / Walz ’08 sound?

  • Re-yo

    Ortiz is the truth.
    Thanks for forcing cats to recognize.

  • Ryan

    Joell Ortiz is sickwiddit, I wish I could have been there. He came through to my state a few months ago but I was dead broke. Also, I’m glad someone shouted out La Coka Nostra, dudes from Cypress Hill, House of Pain and Non Phixion are all involved and should be checked out/fucked with. They’ve done songs with Raekwon, Jeru, O.C., etc. so it’s not like they’re lacking cred.

  • fran to the

    I have to agree with you about Skyzoo. That dude is mad lazy with it; he must’ve forgotten that Jay-Z still exits.

  • http://www.going.com/larrybrite Larry Brite

    DaYme, Like THAT? Guess i better find that rope :[

  • EReal

    Cop Skyzoo’s mixtape “Corner Store Classic”, that shit gets heavy burn in my whip and has madd features by Joell, Term, Maino, Ect.

    Also, a Shout to La Coka, Ill Bill, Circle of Tyrants, Psycho Relm, Sick Jacken, Muggs, and the whole Tribal Movement out west. Keep doin it real big. JabaWockees whatap, I had your back!!

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  • BX POSTER CHILD

    YEA HIP AINT DEAD IZ JUS ON LIFE SUPPORT. BUT MY NIGGA JOELL IZ 2 NICE. HE IS KEEPIN HIP HOP ALIVE. ALONG WIT FAB, CASSIDY, KANYE, JOE BUDDEN, LIL WAYNE, JADAKISS, STYLES P, SHEEK LOUCH, THE GAME, HELL RELL, J.R. WRITER, T.I., LLOYD BANKS, EVEN SOME OF THE LEGENDS LIKE JAY-Z, NAS, AZ, FAT JOE, DMX, EMINEM DAT REAL HIP HOP YA DIGG. BUT MY NIGGA ORTIZ IZ DEFINITELY WAT THE GAME NEEDS. HE IS NO PUN, BUT HE THE CLOSEST THING SINCE PUN. AND MY NIGGA BIG LOU GOT SOME TALENT. ALONG WIT PEEDI CRACK, FAB (HE DOMINICAN IN CASE U AINT KNOW), J.R. WRITER (ALSO DOMINICAN), JOE BUDDEN (HALF SPANISH), AND SOME OTHER NIGGAS COMIN UP, SO LATINOS ARE GONNA TAKE OVER HIP HOP SOON YA DIGG!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=20792 WritersBlock

    you cant help but root for joel ortiz to win in the hip hop game…just a real rapper

  • rob pursey

    This blog sucks.

  • P-Matik

    I feel you on Skyzoo. His first album was KIND of boring but he’s one of those dudes that I love to hear rhyme. Him and the boy Torae.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    WHERES MY COMMENT? DAMN.

  • meenstreek

    MOB please stfu with your bitch ass.

    If you ever listened to JO you would know better.

  • BIGNAT

    joell is that dude man no one told me he was performing i am mad at that. tham bum dudes trying to get 5 dollars for they mixtapes they should be telling me joell is going be having a show.

  • render

    “If you aren’t fucking with Joell Ortiz by now I suggest you hang yourself”

    CO-SIGN a million times

    niggas that say joell has no mainstream appeal are missing the fucking point. Joell is the type of nigga that’ll be dropping records even if he has to record em out his moms base.

    Hip hop can’t sell records but that doesn’t mean it’s dead.

    Dudes need to think outside the business and realize that shit is and always has been art. When its all said and done, no amount of major label marketing or MTV play will change that.

  • http://www.freerayzwalz.com C-Rayz Walz

    First off C-Rayz is Def Crazy. The First Person that told me I remind them of Richard Pryor was THe Mighty Sparrow….and he has over 80 records. I’m gonna study Richard Pryor. I was always a Fan but now I wanna peep all the Codeage. I went to see what all the Joell Ortiz hype was about cuz I aint hear sun shit like that cuz I’m on my grind crazy….but..SUN DEF RIPPED HIS SET. IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE is Still the only MC that makes me wanna step my stage show up….and he’s in my Crew Stronghold. Truth is….
    ALL THESE MC’s BETTER WATCH THEY MIC MOVES CUZ I AM SCHEMEIN ON A COME OFF……

    That’s what it do in a shelled nut.

    &C-Rayz&

  • master cheefj

    i bet you had a real nice masturbation session when you got home.

  • bongolock

    thanks for the review. hope he comes to philly this summer or something.
    i been pumpin his shit for a while now. tss put me on.
    i hope he blows up. or at least can live comfortably in the game

  • yeah

    hip hop is dead. next up n*****

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