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Joell Ortiz: Covers The Classics

As a Latino having grown up a fan of hip-hop since its inception I’ve always felt obliged to support a Latino rapper regardless to how wack, mediocre or nice he was. From Cypress Hill to Kid Frost to Fat Joe to the late great Big Pun, I would support them because there weren’t many of us making records. More recently I’ve been campaigning in my barrio for MCs like the homies Omar Cruz, Termanology, Nu Jerzey Devil and of course the Brooklynite, Joell Ortiz.

Even before he was signed by Dr. Dre to Aftermath (only to be released before the ink even dried on the contract) Joell was making noise on the Beast Coast for a while. And since he’s teamed with Joe Buddens, Crooked I, and Royce the 5’9 to form the super rap group, Slaughterhouse, his fame and name has been ringing more bells than Jehovah Witnesses.

The concept behind this mixtape itself was just brilliant. Take a bunch of beats from classic hip-hop songs from the past to almost present, set them up from beginning to end in the order each song came out. It was basically a mixtape going through every hip-hop era known to man. It was a brilliant idea, but it was on the MC who put this together to make it all click and achieve mixtape history. Lucky for us J-O was the man behind the mic. From ripping down “Rappers Delight” to the Lost Boyz classic, “Renee” (his version is “Renee’s Revenge”), Ortiz wasn’t only able to rip down every single track, but on some of them was able to imitate the original sound and flow used.

On Pac’s classic “Got My Mind Made Up” Don Joel went in on the Daz production saying, “Hand me my glory, my separation from niggas is highly amazin’/as you can see my familia’ from an alien nation/I must be patient cause my level of communication/is so advanced that it’s not programmable on a man’s station/so I’m just in my lab pacin’… but fuck it! I’m makin’ muthafuckas panic/I’m in here writin’ frantic, these maggots is dirt beneath from where I’m standin’/my spirit told me to withstand it/don’t dumb it down for entertainment, just thug it out/your wish will be granted/no kind of dough gon’ have me sellin’ my soul/you know that ain’t the only way to blow, no/a few years ago some friends of mine said you’ll never get a deal, get some O’s and grind…”

There’s not denying that Joell Ortiz is as nice if not even nicer than anyone that’s getting an extreme push from a major record label. J-O has more flows than Tampax could ever slow down and his rhymes and lyrics must be written with the tip of the devil’s feather cause them words burn into memory banks (the devil has wings too, right?). Only time and mainstream radio will dictate whether this man gets his time to burn, but God knows that if there’s anyone who deserves a chance to rep NYC on a national and worldly level, it’s Joell. Given, he has sort of a sinus congested sounding voice at times and he couldn’t outrun Joe Budden in a race after basically swearing on a plate of platanos that he could, but real talk, this man can still run laps around your favorite rapper… well, except literally Joe Buddens.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: Please…

Weakest Joint: NONE

  • Pierzy

    I finally stopped listening to Relapse this morning just so I could start listening to this…

    It’s amazing how he switches his flows to perfectly match the classics.

  • Proof

    This Mixtape is a perfect blend of Old school tracks & flows with a modern twist from J-O. His style is very refreshing to real Hip Hop lovers out there. He has that old school use of rhymes with a direction & purpose instead of random rhymes that most artist have now. I actually listened to this whole mixtape and it’s been rare that I have ever done that on any Album or Mixtape in a long time.

    KEEP DOING YOUR THING JOELL “BOOOOOORICUA”

  • O

    It really is. Joel is that dude right now. But naturally everyone’s sleeping. How you liking Relapse, Pierzy??

    • Pierzy

      It’s a shame that Joell is SO good and hardly anyone notices…especially outside this coast.

      Seriously, I’m LOVING Relapse. Admittedly, it wasn’t like Marshall Mathers LP or even Eminem Show where upon first listen it was great, but after about the 4th time through, I realized just how complex it all is [Encore was almost the opposite - those lyrics were so basic & juvenile that there was no real replay factor]. His flow is always incredible (water) but here he uses a different flow on almost every song and there are still things I’m just now hearing and catching on my 20th or so listen.

      I’m afraid that it won’t be embraced, especially at first, and I see people are already trashing it but it really is on another level, in my opinion.

      • O

        I haven’t heard Relapse yet, but of the leaked songs i’ve only liked a handful. So idk, maybe I have to listen to it as a whole to see what’s really good. But damn, you gotta listen to it 20 times to get a feel for it?? I don’t know, P….

      • Pierzy

        O, Perhaps I misspoke – it only took me 4 listens to REALLY get into it. I’m saying that even after 20 listens, I’m still hearing new gems.

        But yeah, in the context of an album, the songs work better. I wouldn’t call it a total concept album (like American Gangster) but it has a definite mood/feel like Marshall Mathers LP – including that one pop single dead in the middle of a dark album…

        I’m just saying listen to it front-to-back once or twice before making a final judgment.

        • Stevie B

          No disrespect but it seems like your trying to make yourself like this new Em album.

          If you have to listen to it 4 times to think its good… well its not a good look.

          This album is clearly not on par with his other material. Marshall Mathers LP is the only album he dropped that I can listen too and no one can tell me relapse is fuckin wit that.

        • Pierzy

          No disrespect but you’re obviously a douche. What I’m saying is that it’s so complex that a first listen isn’t enough…like it may be for some other lesser artists.

          I’ve had it for 2 weeks and I STILL can’t stop listening to it. Mark my words, you’ll love it by the end of summer.

          The fact that you can’t listen to Slim Shady LP or Eminem Show proves everything we need to know about you…..

        • Stevie B

          Your lame, because i dont think he is the best artist or i dont like all his albums you think that you know about me?

          Pure ignorant shit! Im entitled to my own opinion.

  • brand-new

    does anyone know where i can get this joint?

  • brand-new

    good look p

  • dtykid

    just so you kno, im in australia and have a sfew mates that all kno of joell ortiz…

  • BeerGangsta

    Fucking Wet Back! Everybody won’ts to Rap. You know if Dr. Dre Producer this Bastard. And nobody is playing his shit in Clubs,Radio, or in the Car. You know one dam thing for sure. Bitch can’t Rap worth a dam. Got the nerves to Diss JD. JD and Company has sold so many Records. This Bitch is a Scrub.

    • MR.PROH

      WETBACK??shut yo surburb gangsta ass up..if it wasnt for us “WETBACKS” your mom wouldnt have that drug habit..if it wasnt for us mothafuckas wouldnt be rappin about drugs..period..cocaine dont grow out yo ass bitch..wassup to my “WETBACKS” in atlanta!!!..aka that mexican cartel mecca..dont believe me?? cnn.com that shit biaaatchhh!!!! we criminal son..we that SCARFACE race

  • Thomas

    Joell is what Hip Hop should be about. Dope ish.

  • http://xxlmag jb

    u kno wats funny? I actually remember Jae mills talking about this concept for a mixtape like 5 years ago. I dont kno if the mixtape ever came out but he said he would use DWYCK, Road To The Riches etc. Very interesting….
    http://www.myspace.com/lidujay

  • 619

    This whole mixtape is 36 minutes long, and a quarter of it is the DJ’s talkin’ or mixin’ the beats, intro, etc. Less than a half hour of music, what the fuck am I even gonna waste a disc for?

    • 619

      Check out that Busta Rhymes instead, Back On My B.S. It’s a pretty good album.

  • Thomas

    You’re comparing an album to a mixtape? I’m not sure what you’re talking about, but the drops are minimal by the DJ.

    We get 528+ bars from one of the best in the business…that’s enough for me.

    • 619

      36 minutes? Glasses Malone gotta full mixtape: 2010, and he can actually use Dre beats. Cover the Classics? Without a Dre beat? fuck outta here.

  • Thomas

    619 you’re really comparing Joell Ortiz to Glasses Malone? Really?

    He used “Got My Mind Made Up” Dre produced that didn’t he…..oh….wait Daz did. Just like the majority of that Pac album along with DJ Quik.

    GTFOH!

    • 619

      Ah shit, look at what this fool did. Did another stupid ass really go on and foget about what Dre produced, THE GREATEST PRODUCER IN HIP-HOP HISTORY. You must of bumped your head and forgot that Dre produced the whole albums for:
      N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton
      Eazy E- Eazy Duz It
      The Chronic
      Doggystyle
      2001
      Which includes the singles: Straight Outta Compton, Fuck Tha Police, Express Yourself, Dopeman, Boyz N The Hood, Eazy Duz It, We Want Eazy, Let Me Ride, Nothin’ But A G Thang, Dre Day, Gin And Juice, Murder Was The Case, Aint No Fun, Doggy Dogg World, Fuck You, Still D.R.E., Forgot About Dre, The Next Episode, and Xxplosive.
      I don’t think I have to remind you all the singles he produced for Eminem, The Game, 50 Cent, all the Grammys he won. Damn have these mafuckers outside of Cali really forgot what the West did? hahahaha. Slap yourself Thomas.

      • 619

        Joell Ortiz won’t do shit without Dre. He’s just gonna be another talented lyricist who doesn’t do shit but mixtapes.
        Let me get back to listening to ‘Respect My Conglomerate’, oh yeah, Dre produced that one too hahahaaaaaaaa.

  • Yeapp

    Stop talkin’ about that trash Eminem cd…XXL as a whole is falling to shit…this is a good review just heard this mixtape earlier today this is what the world needs…good music not shitty music from big name artist making a comeback that they should not have