Joell Ortiz Officially Signs with Aftermath Entertainment

ortiz.jpgBrooklyn MC Joell Ortiz has officially signed a deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. While rumors of a signing with the label had circulated for weeks, sources close to the rapper have confirmed to XXLMAG.COM that it became official last Thursday (August 31) when the deal was finalized. In 2003 Ortiz won the EA Sports Livestyle MC battle and landed a spot on the NBA Live 2005 soundtrack as well as a record deal with Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def. The So So Def deal eventually fell through, but Ortiz continued to make music and enjoyed a strong buzz on the strength of mixtape and radio appearances in his hometown of New York. The rapper expects to drop his debut LP with Aftermath sometime in late 2007. In the meantime, he will be dropping a mixtape/street album called The Brick on Koch Records later on this year.

  • Sean NYC

    I wonder how long it will be before he figures out his album will never be released?

    Congrats on the deal!

  • 123

    1st Bitches!

  • http://gangstacry.com Gang Related

    congrats on that deal. his mixtape was aight.
    http://www.TRIGGASTATE.com

  • Bundles

    What SEAN NYC said!!! Lol

    http://www.myspace.com/youngbroadway

  • http://myspace.com/rebeldr frikas

    here comes another lp that is never gonna come out!!

  • Jack Marshall

    HOW DOES ONE UNSUBSCRIBE FROM YOUR EMAIL?……IT IS BECOMING ABUSIVE!

  • saydot

    yo this kid is nice i remember his shit he spit on live 2005 congads nig

  • John Street

    troy ave is the futrue of nyc hiphop

  • lou

    THIS DUDE IS NICE ONLY IN NY I DONT THINKI THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IS GONNA ROCK TO THIS KIDS SHIT SORRY

  • lou

    NO DISRESPECT JUST FACTS MY NIGGAS

  • newnewyork

    Mr ortiz yeaaaa do ur thing i jus hope dre dont take 3years 2 put ur shit out.

  • H-man

    WOW, In DRE I trust, all otherz pay cash…hmmmm The brick on KOCH…hmmmm…Take the good wit da bad I guess??? WTF??? lolol…DRE’s right, its not the quantity, itz da quality…Im takin dat philosophy and applyin it 2 erythang I do from now on…OK…congrats

  • e

    Congrats on the deal but unless you are on Shady or G-Unit you won’t sell regardless of being on Aftermath. It didn’t work for Xzibit or Busta

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  • jojochicago

    i’m not up! but will check into his skills… Congrats!

  • FROM CA

    HE SHOULD OF SIGHNED CROOKED I OR RASS KASS,WHO THE HELL IS THIS DUDE ANYWAY????????????

  • god

    its good to hear some good ass east coast hip hop. ortiz is dope! hands down. sad to say, everybody is absolutely right. aftermath is the WRONG choice. first of all, interscope/universal MUST get paid, then aftermath MUST get paid and finally and hopefully, joell ortiz will get what they leave him. the best thing he can do is only sign for (2) years, with (2) albums to be delivered. after he uses there marketing machine, jump the fuck off that label and go independent and digital. by that time he will have used there machine to build up his brand name and he can then cut out middlemen. good luck, you will need it.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    Felicidades to another Latino getting paid. Stay up homie, but don’t let me hear you dissing Mexicans!!! L.A. for Life

  • armchaira&R

    God you arent figuring in the power of the interscope machine in getting paid gigs outside of the music biz. IF this kid does the right thing he can get PAID. did you watch the MTV awards? Interscope RUNS MTV! Product placement opportunites are endless. Plus the fact that the kid is Latino is also going to help him. He has a HUGE fanbase outside of the US. Dre has never signed a Latino before. Like it or not Hispanics spend money big time and unlike us blacks the SUPPORT. If this kid does the right thing he is gonna be in a great position. Think PUN!

  • sweetdickdaddy

    Joell Ortiz is a motherfucking beast!!!!!!
    I love that all the haters said he was goin to get a deal now they saying he aint gonna come out!!!!Bitches

  • T-Boye, Boy!!

    Yeah, He deserves to get the deal, less just hope Dre dosen’t take too long on his lp, He’s(Dre) got Eve( who after waiting to drop her album after 50,Game Busta, & Em)complain her opus under Aftermath wasn’t a priority , so Dre decide to deal a joint venture with Swizz, who did a deal with interscope, after his deal with J records came to it’s fullfilled obligation. Plus he has Bishop Lamont, G.A.G.E & who ever else he signed(Raekwon, yes!! I believe the deal went down).

  • Petey Cent

    HAHAHA! This is so funny. I don’t even know this guy. His album won’t sell, Dr. Dre needs to stop signing people to his label.

  • http://Congrats Calmi

    with all the buzz hiphopgame.com gave him it was only a matter of time until he signed a deal.

  • jon jon–23

    Who?

  • TYRONECAPONE

    THE NIGGA GOT SKILLZ BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER IF HE ROTS ON AFTERMATH’S ROSTER! DRE HAS NOT EVEN PUT OUT G.A.G.E., BISHOP LAMONT OR STAT QUO!

  • Chanclas

    There are 8 million latinos in Los Angeles County who don’t listen to any east coast hip hop. Why not sign a Cali Latino? He’s gonna alienate his city with this one.

  • god

    armchaira&r, good point. just don’t plan on seeing his album until mid 2009 or later. dre’s detox album if released in 2007, will rock that long, not to mention, 50 cents and em’s releases. we won’t see this kids cd until 2010.

  • New York Nigga

    new york iz on da com bac i can smell da money niggaz iz gettin tired of pussy music it time to shine

  • Three4

    HE CAN´T EXPECT HIS ALBUM DO DROP AT ALL…u can´t rely on Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit…Mobb Deep had 2 tattoo G-Unit on their hands to get their album released…

  • Whoa

    ^^ one word BUSTA RHYMES

  • ARMANDO

    ORTIZ WHO….IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.

  • Georgia Slim

    WHEN WILL U PEOPLE REALIZE THAT DR DRE IS NOT THAT GREAT. HE JUST ISN’T SNOOP CO-SIGNED THAT

  • S.O.S.

    I hope the kid eventually gets his time to shine, but I feel all yall talkin bout it’ll be an eternity for his shit comes out. But, if you were an up & coming rapper how could you NOT sign to Aftermath–they’re on Interscope & Interscope’s a powerhouse!

  • tha realist

    man fuck aftermath,dre dont wana put no west coast rapper out,he s a markass,im frm tha west,but dre fucking up

  • cloro la mancha

    Congrats on another dominican taking over, this is what we do we take over and niggas get mad ,D.P.L stand up Trinitarios all over the globe respect he’s gonna make it real hot for us, let’s get ready for my man Joell. Trinitarios for life Pueblo Nuevo stand up! Santiago!

  • tha killa

    sup y’ll , a deal wit dre ths gd dre is a telanted shit wounder when his next shit comes

  • http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?page_id=291 Billy X.

    Chhheeeeeeeaaaaaaaa! This is one 80′s baby that got that pfft shit!

  • screw music nigga

    ANYBODY REMEMBER HITTMAN,THE DUDE WHO SPIT AT THE END OF THE “4GOT ABOUT DRE VIDEO”. ALL I CAN SAY IS DO YOUR HOMEWORK B 4 U SIGN

  • SUPERMAN

    and who the fuck is ortiz? who gives a shit. whens fuckin tru life comin out?

  • sweetdickdaddy

    dummies!

    First all yall said he wasnt gonna deal
    Now that he got a deal, yall saying he aint gonna come out, then when he comes out, yall gonna say he aint gonna sell…silly bitches, grow up!

  • sagatti

    Dre fucks with EMCEES…aint no latinos in the west that can SPIT….not rap, but SPIT HOT BARS…Im from cali and I know that…

  • SAYITONCE!

    SHOUT OUT TO THE REAL (REPEAT – THE REAL!!!!!) BLOCK ROYAL FAM .. NOT THE IMPOSTERS THAT ARE NOW JUST CONSIDERED d1c RYDERS IN THE INDUSTRY … I WISH JOEL THE BEST BUT , HE JUST CAN’T MAKE A HIT SONG AND WILL NEVER SHINE WITH HIS IMAGE … BESIDES , WHEN YOUR SURROUNDED BY FAKE CATS – YOUR JUDGED BY THAT AND ITS ASHAME! ITS GOOD TO SEE A LATINO GET HIS FOOT IN THE DOOR – BUT YOU NEED MORE THEN THAT TO MAKE IT REAllY POP … REST IN PEACE TO SCREW DADDY – THE REALEST NIGGA EVER – BLOCK ROYAL DIED WHEN YOU LEFT US … YOU’LL ALWAYS BE MISSED!

  • dj victorious

    nobody here knows Joell’s deal. adding on..the BRICK will be out soon on KOCH..so really he’s not waiting for anyone to drop an album. He doing his own shit which will tide him over til dre do what dre do..whats so difficult to understand. as far as east coast west coast. eminems sound was/is east coast underground as hell. he’s a lyricist lounge vet. good shit is good shit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/teammetafore Meta

    Congrats to Joell!

    F the haters

    and good looking out on the mixtape

    http://www.myspace.com/teammetafore

  • The Originator

    see what happened when you signed 50 Cent. Now Everyone thinks they they have a chance in best selling rap stable today.

  • chocolate-ma

    congrads to the dude!!! but my advice is stay away from g-unit!!!!

  • H-man

    California is action packed full of Latinos…Its important 2 work on black, brown relations…besides, latinos are a huge fanbase……Stop talkin shit about Dre…Hez the ONE who started this gangster shit, and thats the mutherfukin thanks he gets????? Say what U say…Gimmie dem bomb beats from DRE, and watch us 87 the streetz of LA, 2 the bay area and back down……….Nuttin but a gangster party… time 2 B explicit and make you paint a Picasso, put an extra coat of perfect on the big picture…spittin str8 scripture about da streetz, no doubt, shout out Weeestside, Our destiny B ambitionz az ridaz, the greed them other studio gangsterz spit stinks like shit 2 me, showin no mercy, hittin up on our enemiez harder than the fall of the twin towaz.All the while, style down the 8-mile, gainin powa flippin dat powda like its goin off the profile…Steady pressin iz how we stay pushin, pimpin all day succa free…bitches please, control your jealousy’s before U make me loose my religion and commit a whole case of felonys…puff puff pass while sippin on dat Alizae, and 4 peeps lost in the street, the Henennesy flows out sidewayzs all mutherfockin dayz Weeeeeeestside

  • http://www.myspace.com/grizzlyanimal Grizzly Animal

    my nigga Jo-Ell COOPER PROJECTS STAND UP! ALL YOU CATS WANT HIM TO FAIL!
    IT WONT HAPPEND BUDDY!
    DRE GAVE HIM A DEAL JUST BECUASE HE HEARD A FEW SONGS (THATS A FACT)
    AND FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW WHO HE IS,
    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/JOELLORTIZ
    http://WWW.JOELLORTIZ.COM
    http://WWW.GPMUSIC.NET

    NOW FALL BACK AND LET NEWYORK TAKE OVER ITS BEEN A WHILE!!

    OH BY THE WAY HIS ALBUM IS ABOUT TO DROP, DON’T FORGET THE BRICK ALBUM!!
    AN 8 SERIES OF 125 BARS
    WOOOOOOOOOOOO!! DON’T SLEEP ON HIM

  • Bobbito

    JOE-LL ORTIZ!

  • j so proppa

    ya country ass clowns know nothin about rap, joell is from the birthplace of rap and has a crazy buzz, ya clowns hoods have no respect in the rap game, hes the truth and the future of rap..hatin ass bitches.stick shoulder leans and and snappin fingaz bullshit.. crooked i, who da fuck is that!!!dre u just got the #1 draft pick

  • http://www.myspace.com/jonnielasvegas JonnieLasVegas aka ColdSteel

    Yo congratz to Joell mayne! I love my Dominican brothaz. They always show a Chicano love when I’m up in da NYC. Be there for the Latin Rap Conference again, in Oct. Yo & wait till ya’ll get a chance to hear me (Jonnie Las Vegas), PMC, Clika 1, Omar Cruz, Scoopdeville (Frosts son), & Bad Boy. Chicanos from the West that really can spit, not just rap, but spit!

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  • CASTRORANX

    Yo I heard Joel Ortiz like last year, for the first time on the underground…It was the livest shit i ever heard. I aint know who it was, and he aint mention his name in the song. I heard him freestyle on hot 97 with Gravy and Saigon….Joel Ortiz put them( I aint gonna say to shame) somewhere else! FUnkmaster Flex after a while was cuttin off Joel, cause Joel was killin it everytime he opened his mouth. I want to hear Joel Ortiz battle Papoose, if not battle just rhyme on a track together…Joel Ortiz is a MONSTER on the MIC! He with Aftermath, he’s gonna get paid….but they are gonna make sure he don’t sound like a New Yorker, and I am sure they gonna have him rhyme over some wack ass west coast beat. Primo, Large Prof, q-tip, rza, erick sermon etc should be producin his records….not out of towners

  • ZANY BLUNTS

    yo… whoever said hes a latino form the west your wrong… he from NY… and whoever said latinos support latinos you are very right… no fuckin nigger from the hood is buying CDs… you cant afford that shit… lol… maybe bootlegg and that dont go towards record sales…

  • Yung Tre

    Dre need to hop off the East Coast d*ck. Signing washed up rappers like Busta Rhymes, Eve and Raekwon. Now signing boring ass mixtape rappers ie. Gage and Joell Ortiz

    The only good signing he did recently was Bishop Lamont. He had a chance to sign Cube but chose Busta? LOL @ Cube selling as much as Busta but Cube is completely independent!

  • rudholph

    all of you shut the fuck up i seen the talent from this guy i saw the freestyle he spit on mtv he is the man aftermath needs the only thing i didnt like is that he isnt from LA
    la mexicans no waz up NY dont know look at rappers from NY they dont got
    that anger to spit like pac,game,snoop,dre foos go to sleep the westcoast is here ready to make music NY,ATL can suck my dick coome see the real shit down here we do our shit down here foo you foos just talk
    we hustle doewn here fooos

  • http://allhiphop.com Hermes!!!

    Dominicanos!!!!!!!!!!Stand up!!!

  • Knuckz

    Yung Tre Says:

    October 17th, 2006 at 11:38 pm
    ———————————-
    I agree with this 110%. D

    2 companies that an artist should not sign to are Aftermath and Bad Boy.

  • platano

    All of y’all stop hatin’, give the man a chance. He got skillz. ONE LOVE DOMINICANS, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, AND MIAMI!

  • CHEFBOYIZAR

    JOELLS PUERTO RICAN HE AINT DOMINICAN AND HE CANT MAKE A SONG HE GOT SKILLS BUT AINT GOT NO IMAGE

  • Zion

    when u got dre on your back , your name in the industry is in the map for good.

  • CREEPA

    ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????WHO’S DIS FAT OLD UGLY NIGGA???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Child Support LOL

    Bra when tha bricks do drop me laihze ortiz will be ballin off that bullshit you and dre and cooper projects 290 Frost st APt 6H Brooklyn NYC 11222 gotcha bitch me and candy is having fun watching this nigga expose his self. By the way your mother called

  • Child Support LOL

    FUCK YOU PAY ME BITCH CHILDSUPPORT

  • Child Support LOL

    THIS GAY ASS NIGGA STILL STAY WITH HIS MOTHER COOPER SIT THE FUCK DOWN

  • Child Support LOL

    TELL THIS FUCK NIGGA WHEN HE COME BACK TO THE ATL TILL HIM TO HOLLA ME WILL SMOKE GOOD OFF THEN LATIN BITCH KEEP PLAYIN WE WILL EXPOSE THIS NIGGA SOMEMORE TAKE CARE OF UR SON BITCH. THATS ALRIGHT HE CALLS ME DADDY

  • Pooda

    This a special shoutout to my cuz (Joel Ortiz). For all those who hate, yall dont even know that’s addin food towards tha hunger, so yall who doubt. Continue to do so, that’s why Dre discovered him and not YOU. That’s why Live 05 you played, yet his voice is heard in all Live 05′s, YALL STUPID IDIOTS.

  • 2tone block royal

    just 4 the record big shot 2 all the haters all u niccas will suck dr dre’s balls just 2 get a meeting with him never mine what u would do 2 get signed. point blank interscope is the best label in the world & aparently joell ended up there, none of these rappers out there coming up can fuck with mr. ortiz & his block royal movement by the way block royal been with akon since the begining and people were saying the same shit 1o million records ago now its block royal like weee weee the moral of the story is let joell prove his self & believe me he will & we got a whole lot of other artists coming so get ready 4 the bum rush. i also want 2 thank all the non haters that really know hip hop. and this goes out 2 sayitonce that left the message thst block royal died when screw passed, hommie block royal waslike 150 deep when screw was alive were like 700 deep now do the math. block royal will never die it will multiply br4life niccasssssssssssss

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  • Ms.Mia

    Mr.Ortiz,
    Dis Ms.King straight outta the ATL and as a former caregiver to your son Laize I must say that you are missing out on a blessing. Him and my son Justin are very good friends and he is a very handsome, intelligent, gifted little boy. I pray that some day you awake to that fact and decide to spend some time with your son. He’s gonne need you.

  • Beckett

    Congrats ! Told you you would be here you nicer than half them dudes on the radio. Dre finally went to Brooklyn and got a street MC. Bout time. Rep Cooper Projects to the fullest and I see you when I get there. ONE

  • rahhhhh

    Keep doing your thang!!!!

    But honestly, you went the wrong route. Think about it hommie, do you really think they are going to put 110% towards your project as opposed to everyone else that’s “on-deck” over there. Feel me?

    Just keep pushing!!!

  • ABeatz

    Joel Ortiz signs to Dre? Corgrats…although I think S.U.N.N.Y is much nicer than he is on the mic. Just my opinion though.

  • arwebste

    Go Cop Joell Ortiz’s newest album “The Brick (Bodega Chronicles)”!!! out april 24th!!

  • E=qazion

    most of yall marks dun even know what ur talking bout, the dude got skillz,& stop hatin on dre give him the props he deserve, it might take a while 2 release but it worth the wait