Joell Ortiz Is Classic…

classics

I fux with Joell Ortiz because he is such a student of rap music. He is cut from the same cloth as a Black Thought. He isn’t yet on B.T.’s level of micsmanship, but I am sure he can get there if he gets motivated. This mixtape is proof positive of his skillset.

Joell Ortiz Covers The Classics via OnSmash

This mixtape has been months in development. Because Joell is such a big fan of Hip-Hop it wasn’t easy to convince him to cover some of rap’s greatest classics with his own flavor. Joell thought it was sacrilege to apend these songs in a mixtape or any other recorded format. Something akin to rewriting the rap bible.

I think what Joell did was better than a REWRITE. He did a REMEMBER. This mixtape remembers our history. People that don’t understand rap’s history of learning life’s lesson through communication think that rap is a contact sport where challenges are issued in an arena of one-upmanship. Those are the vulture that thrive on Hip-Hop’s dysfunction. Each one teach one was never the motto of those executives and carpetbaggers.

Instead of keeping the focus squarely on himself Joell Ortiz reminds us why these songs mattered in the first place. Definitely put this mixtape in your portable music player. Pick up the original records that were sampled for this tape.

Respect the architects.

Remember your history before it becomes HIS story.

Happy Born Day BIG L.

Rest in peace.

  • Pierzy

    Good morning DP…

    I just copped this and I love it already! I know that this and Relapse will get burn for the next few months. The cover is even classic. Hip-hop fans should love artists that are also students of the game…

    Joell is a beast!

  • Around and Around

    Dam Joell did go in on Ebonics….

    You have to know the original’s to truely apprciate this shit young ones

    • JCITYHUSTLA617

      RENEE’S REVENGE IS BANGING

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Oof…wasn’t ready for this. That was tight, word to mutha. I usually don’t like covers and some songs simply don’t bear repeating by ANYONE other than the original artists. Like one time I tried to get my dude JMoney to throw on Raekwon’s Ice Cream instrumental so I could write a verse to it. I was like “J, throw that shit on.” But he wasn’t about to do that. “Nah,” he said, “If we rip the track a new one, then the original will have lost some dopeness.” I thought about it, and homey was right. Only go in on shit if you are paying dues. If you’re going in on someone else’s work, you go in hard enough to blow brain matter out niggaz’ ears, or else fuck the weak shit.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • Around and Around

      No doubt on that, been hearin a lot of wack ass nigga’s going over classic beats, not a good look. Unless you’re a beast something like this oversized Boricua.

  • Promo

    Does any have the password for this file?

  • Barry Washington

    Today isn’t L’s birthday, his birthday is May 30th. But it’s funny cause my birthday is today! CHEAAAA!

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    I TRUTHFULLY JUST HOPPED ON THE ORTIZ BANDWAGON A COUPLE MONTHS AGO….. BUT ITS CRAZY CAUSE LITERALLY AFTER I HEARD LIKE 4 BARS FROM THAT NIGGA I WAS DUMBFOUNDED… THAT NIGGA IS A SICK ASS RAPPER!!!

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS THAT 15 MINUTE FREESTYLE OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE AT THE RADIO STATION))

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    That cover alone is an attention getter, assuming you’re an actual component to the “culture” versus being one of those vultures.
    Said vultures won’t have any idea of the history they’re looking @. I’m sure some kid has thought to himself, ” Damn, Joell got that many albums?”

    Anyway, I’m going to download that piece today.

    Sidenote DP; did CJ find out if that was really him or not?

  • Dallas Penn

    Pierzy, OG Herbz, Around, what up this morning?

    Joell is a fucking MANIMAL. I just hope all them sour patch kidz don’t influence him to be a hating ass cynic.

    The internets be having too much hate for no good damn reason.

  • Dallas Penn

    Tony Grand$,
    Don’t even play yourself cousin. If a nigga typed Superman on this thread do you think I would ask him about the weather in Metropolis?

    Maybe I would I suppose if I didn’t get outta my mother’s basement too often, but I be out and about so I don’t think I will ask Superman shit about Jimmy Olsen. I will talk to Jimmy when I see him in the street.

    That answer your question?

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    DP

    I didn’t think it was, but I sure as hell got a kick from how Jack “challenged” him.

  • Dallas Penn

    Grand$,
    Word? I gotta read that again. He challenged him to what? Write a blog post? I guess I only have the ability to read TWits right now. If I don’t find my brain challenged by the 140th character I tune the fuck out.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      DP

      “Joell” said CJ was wack & a hater & should get out of hip hop because of the Em review. CJ said find what quailfies me to be those things in my archives. If “Joell” found proof of wackness/hatred, he’d stop blogging. If he didn’t, “Joell” would have to record a Combat Jack theme song.

      • JCITYHUSTLA617

        I THOUGHT THAT WAS A FUNNY THE WAY HE CHALLENGED HIM…..IT SEEMS THAT SOME OF JOE BUDDENS ATTITUDE IS RUBBING OFF ON JOELL ORTIZ CUZ I REMEMBER DUDE WAS MAD HUMBLE WITH IT ALL I KNOW IS HE BETTER GET HIS PEN GAME READY CUZ COMBATJACK’S BOUT TO HAVE HIS OWN THEME SONG SOON LOL

  • Arcey

    I’m goin’ to cop it right now!
    I got one of my homie who thinks Joell is a Freestyle-only/grimy backpacker but I keep tellin’ him to listen to Ortiz with the same ears we did when we was younger.
    I remember how hype we were to cop OB4CL, so much that we went to record store like every 2-3 days
    (unaware that albums came out on tuesdays, lol) for a month & a half cuz The Source said the release date was june (It finally dropped in mid-august).
    I loved Hip-Hop with a passion, listening to EVERYBODY (with few exceptions, to be real) even if the tape/12″ had came out in ’85!
    I miss that & Joell is bringing me back with a ’09 twist – Thanks

    PS: that’s what’s wrong with Hip Hop, IMO – SOME of these young cats look at it with accountants/marketing team/promotion team eyes, so that’s what artists gives them, a product – no soul, no feelings.

    PPS: Don’t let Twitter & the TI’s fuck our minds up – reading is fundamental, lol!

    • BIGNAT

      tell your homie to listen to 125 grams part 4 no one can deny the worth of that song. when i heard that i was like man this guy is sick with it. why the fuck would a label drop anyone who can make music of that quality.

  • Dallas Penn

    CJ isn’t wack, but he is def a hater. Maybe fake Joell will just put CJ in a verse?

  • General

    Joell Ortiz is the hottest lyricist comin outta NYC right now. I don’t care which other rapper you put against him, Joell can murk them bar for bar…

    I’m not one much for concept mixtapes, but this one didn’t come off corny as so many of the other rappers that try these. It was definetely a good rep for the history of Hip Hop…

    Now we just need Slaughterhouse to go all in and get this game one hundred again

  • romil

    Dang he killed it, only Big L couldve did better. Dre shouldve held on to this cat this was NY’s comeback.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    “Bullshit or not, it’s the new shit. And in the eyes of some label executives, New York rappers are stuck in the past. “The Joell Ortizes, Sais, Papooses, they are making the same record,” Sledge says. “If you took a Papoose record and placed it in 1994, it would not sound out of place.””

    ^^^ Everyone here, including Joell Ortiz himself, needs to go back and read Thomas Golianopoulos’ article about New York again, “How You Like Them Apples”. You can check it here right on this site.

    I’m sure Joell spits fire on every single track on there (doesn’t he always?) but its still a bad thing. New York is so overshadowed by its incredible history that it can’t move forward. It makes the future look primitive.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    I LOVE THIS DAMN MIXTAPE WHEN I PUT IT ON I CAN LET THE MELODY OF THE FAMILIAR INSTRUMENTALS TAKE ME AWAY 2 A TIME THAT WAS MUCH SIMPLER(SPELLCHECK) AND IT REALLY HELPS THAT THE RAPPER SPITTIN OVER THE BEATS IS JOELL ORTIZ HE’S NICE AND ON TOP OF THAT HE EMBODIES THE TYPE OF FEELING THAT THE ORIGINAL ARTIST WERE TRYIN TO CONVEY ON THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS………ORTIZ SOUNDS AND CANDICE MAKES HIM SOUND LIKE HE TIME TRAVELED 2 THE LATE 80′S EARLY 90′S AND WAS THERE WHEN THE ACTUAL RECORDINGS TOOK PLACE BUT MAYBE IM THE ONLY THAT FEELS THAT WAS IDK

  • $ykotic

    Joell is making me very proud of his success. He actually used to listen to all those convos we would have on Withers St.

    Cooperville!

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Joell Ortiz is the truth no doubt about that. I’m definitely downloading that mixtape (I mean CRT) when I get to the crib. Everything’s so damn simplistic nowadays, I’m glad cats like him are still around to challenge peoples’ minds. Thats why I stay listening to the ’90s era hip hop it was so much better than it is now.

  • KSA1001

    This and Relapse are all i’m hearing back to back
    [Fav's right now = Know The Ledge cover and Stay Wide Awake [2nd verse]

    Joell has been IT since the Brick..classic LP..cop that!

  • http://dailymathematics.blogspot.com Combat Jack

    UPDATE: Joell’s people got at my people (Dallas) and was like “WTF is CJ doing going at Joell Ortiz?!?” They clarified that they ain’t that type of blog cats to be leaving no disrespectful comments on blogger’s comment sections. I respect that. I respect them too. I take back everything I said. Joell, that mixtape is a gem too potna. I needed that. Still looking forward to that Slaughterhouse joint. Respect.

    Fuck though. I’m thinking that I really need a theme song now.

    UPDATE #2: Last I checked, Eminem’s “Relapse” still sucked.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      Hahahahahahahahaha!

      *logs onto Today’s Mathematics With……..*

    • $ykotic

      “Fuck though. I’m thinking that I really need a theme song now.”

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      He MIGHT still lace you with that CJ.

      p.s. You were wrong with Joell AND Cam. Might want to listen to Relapse again.

      • Pierzy

        Relapse is incredible…but it takes some patience. 20 times through the entire thing and I’m still finding new hidden gems every time!

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Yo DP that link to the mixtape download ain’t working. Do you have another link on where I can get it from?

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      @ EmCDL

      Try Combat’s site

      Dailymathematics.blogspot.com

      • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

        Thanks Grand$ appreciate it

        • http://tonygrands.blgospot.com Tony Grand$

          @ Em

          No doubt.

          BTW, digging the music & that logo is ridiculous man.

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          Em

          Yours, not Ortiz’.

          But Joell’s shit is like “Back to the Future” some shit. He made a new fan. I’m not sure who’s the illest out of SH now, him or Crook.

          Ah, who am I kidding? Mandatory that I ride with my dude from Cali, but J.O. is niiiiiice.

  • brand-new

    i feel ya dallas, whats fucked up is that 10 yrs ago ortiz would blow up, now he’s a rapper w/o a gimmick, what a fucked up hip hop climate we live in!!

  • brand-new

    i feel ya dallas, whats fucked up is that 10 yrs ago ortiz would blow up, now he’s a rapper w/o a gimmick, what a fucked up hip hop climate we live in!