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Joell Ortiz & Novel, Defying the Predictable

Joell Ortiz & Novel Defying the Predictable Beats: L Lyrics: XL Originality: XL Outside of his work with the hip-hop collective Slaughterhouse, Joell Ortiz has also spent much of the last few years collaborating with Los Angeles rapper/singer/producer Novel. On their first official mixtape together, Defying the Predictable, they successfully steer clear of cliché records by finding fresh takes on a variety of subjects. The project works, largely because the pair never reaches too far outside of their comfort zone. Instead, they touch on topics that don’t usually constitute run-of-the-mill mixtape material. On the empowering “I Can Be President,” they swap verses about the ...

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