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Joell Ortiz New Album ‘Monday’ Now Available Featuring Collaborations With Big K.R.I.T, Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Heatmakerz

It’s been a busy week for Joell Ortiz. He’s been in the middle of a full swing press tour for his new album Monday. After recording a “CTRL” performance at VEVO, he sat down with DJ Kay Slay, Showoff Radio with Statik Selektah, a performance at SIRIUS with Gray Rizzy and he will be joining Lord Sear today at 1pm est.  Meanwhile his video for “Before Hip-Hop” is racking up views on YouTube and Uproxx & Genius named Monday one of the top LP’s of the month and BET featured Joell on Rate The Bars.  The Slaughterhouse MC is still reminding people why Yaowa Nation remains strong.  But, if after all that you still missed it, now is your chance to take in the full-album.

“I’m back to work. Monday is the start of the week. The grind!” Joell asserted. “Working people normally dread Mondays. Not me though; I embrace them! Feels like another opportunity. Another chance. The beginning of what’s ahead. On Monday I talk about life. Old me, new me, and the guy that next Monday may introduce to you all.”

Joell’s new album, Monday, features production from Big K.R.I.T., Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Heatmakerz and is now available via Mello Music Group.

You can now purchase, add and favorite Joell Ortiz Monday LP at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/Yaowa

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Joell Ortiz – “Before Hip-Hop” [Video]

Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry.  He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the super-group Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane. 

Joell Ortiz’ previous project on Mello Music Group, Mona Lisa, was a collaborative effort with Apollo Brown (who also returns to produce two tracks on Monday) and it made quite an impact at retail upon its release; premiering at #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart, it also premiered at #3 on the Amazon Hip-Hop chart and held down the #1 spot on Bandcamp’s bestseller list. 

If it weren’t for Hip-Hop, Joell Ortiz would be living a different life; just ask anyone that knew him then. An homage to Craig Mack’s classic “Flava In Ya Ear RMX” music video, Joell teams up with director Jovi to bring history to life.

“The “Before Hip Hop” video is black and white by design. I didn’t want to dress it up. I wanted it to remain as cut and dry and honest as possible. I wanted the camera in my face so the viewer could look in my eyes and see that it’s pure” Joell commented.  “Before Hip Hop, I was a different person. I grew up in a rough environment that made me behave, respond and live in a certain way. I lost childhood friends (whose photos flash in and out of the video) way before I could even fully comprehend death. Yet, I found ways to smile, have fun and enjoy the hood with the homies almost every day. Simple video for the simple truth of a rapper from Cooper Park House in Brooklyn, NY. I’m just happy to be here.”

Joell’s new album, Monday, features production from Big K.R.I.T., Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Heatmakerz and will be released on 8-30-19 by Mello Music Group.

You can now pre-order, add and favorite Joell Ortiz Monday LP at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/Yaowa

Joell Ortiz Releases New Single “Learn You” Featuring & Produced By Big K.R.I.T. & Announces New LP Monday

Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry.  He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the super-group Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane. 

Joell Ortiz’ previous project on Mello Music Group, Mona Lisa, was a collaborative effort with Apollo Brown (who also returns to produce two tracks on Monday) and it made quite an impact at retail upon its release; premiering at #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart, it also premiered at #3 on the Amazon Hip-Hop chart and held down the #1 spot on Bandcamp’s bestseller list. 

Today, Joell returns with a new single, “Learn You,” which features and is produced by Big K.R.I.T. and a new album announcement, Monday, which features production from Big K.R.I.T., Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Heatmakerz.

“I’m back to work. Monday is the start of the week. The grind!” Joell asserted. “Working people normally dread Mondays. Not me though; I embrace them! Feels like another opportunity. Another chance. The beginning of what’s ahead. On Monday I talk about life. Old me, new me, and the guy that next Monday may introduce to you all.”

Joell dedicates the projects first single, “Learn You,” to his sons, an apology for the sacrifices they made while Joell spent time chasing his dream and being on the road. 

“Working with K.R.I.T. was super dope! We basically had long conversations over the phone about life and human things for about a week or so before we even talked about music.  Just Vibing. “Learn You” was basically one of those convos turned audio. We talked about how the sacrifices we make to chase dreams are heavy. His production and choice of words in that hook made me tell my sons I’m sorry for the first time in my life. Hope y’all enjoy this song as much as I do” Joell Ortiz on working with K.R.I.T. on “Learn You.”

Joell Ortiz’ Monday will be released on 8-30-19 by Mello Music Group.

Bandcamp: https://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/monday

AudioMack: https://audiomack.com/song/mello-music-group/learn-you

You can now pre-order, add and favorite Joell Ortiz’ Monday LP and receive “Learn You” as an instant grat track: https://smarturl.it/Yaowa

Kool Keith Releases New Single “Turn The Levels” & “Zero Fux” Nottz Remix feat. Joell Ortiz & B-Real

It’s been more than forty years since Kool Herc starting throwing parties in the South Bronx, and so you could forgive the casual fan for thinking that nearly every permutation of hip-hop has already been explored. ButKEITHthe new album from the iconic rapper Kool Keith and the master producer Psycho Les argues just the opposite: that what’s absurdly funny can also be sinister and strange, that the form can still be broken in new and radical ways.

Keith is, of course, one of the pivotal figures in the history of hip-hop, and has been one of the genre’s most singular writers and original voices. The Bronx native was a founding member of Ultramagnetic MCs, whose debut album, 1988’s Critical Beatdown, served as a blueprint for both internationally famous acts like Public Enemy and for the entire future of underground rap. But Keith’s solo work, which began in earnest in the mid-’90s with Dr. Octagonecologyst (released under a pseudonym, naturally) is even stranger, more experimental, more brilliant. He will embed seemingly unrelated ideas and images against one another with a poet’s love for language and a pornographer’s knack for camp. Subsequent records like 1997’s Sex Style, ‘99’s Black Elvis/Lost In Space, and 2000’s Matthew were hailed as instant classics; Keith has spent the last several years crafting expertly written records that are rewardingly bizarre, unlike anything else on the rap landscape –– and KEITH is a crown jewel in that excellent late-period run.

What more could you expect when one of Hip-Hop’s founding fathers, Kool Keith, and the first Latino member of the Native Tongues, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, join forces. KEITH shoots past space & time, sex style and horrorcore. Forget who’s woke and who’s sleep, because there are no boundaries when all you know is raw. Meanwhile, Pyscho Les lays nasty, timeless production for Keith and crew (Paul Wall, Jeru the Damaja, B-Real) to float over.

Today, Kool Keith releases the second single, “Turn The Levels,” from his forthcoming album and also releases a remix for the project’s first single “Zero Fux” f/ B-Real.  For the remix, Nottz lays an entirely new musical template and a sterling verse from Joell Ortiz.  Both tracks were exclusively premiered by Ambrosiaforheads. 

Kool Keith says, “Turn The Levels” is sensational; with a steroided chorus it’s another smash on the turntables and a must add to the playlist. An up and coming rappers dream song only I can do!”

Kool Keith’s KEITH will be released on 7-12-19 on Mello Music Group.

Stream Kool Keith “Turn The Levels” (Produced by Psycho Les): https://soundcloud.com/mellomusicgroup/kool-keith-turn-the-levels-prod-psycho-les

Bandcamp: https://mmg-koolkeith.bandcamp.com/track/turn-the-level

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The Heatmakerz, Joell Ortiz & Fred The Godson Unveil Their Joint Project Titled “Gorilla Glue”

Hip Hop has seen a resurgence of the wordsmith in recent years, with lyrically-inclined MCs not only shining but collaborating at an all-time high. The latest of such is the pairing of New York City MCs Joell Ortiz and Fred The Godson. Both men have garnered much praise for their chops on the microphone but in an added twist, their joint project is produced entirely by the legendary Harlem collective known as The Heatmakerz. Titled “Gorilla Glue,” the 9-track project features contributions from Jim Jones and DramaB2R. Before checking out the project, check out their newly released visual for “Hallways.”


Twitter: @THEHEATMAKERZ | @JoellOrtiz | @FREDTHEGODSON

Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz “Grace Of God”

Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz’ collaborative project, Mona Lisa, made quite an impact upon its release on 10-26-18.  The project premiered at #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart (and still remains on the chart) and held that spot for more than a week.  It also premiered at #3 on the Amazon Hip-Hop chart and held down the #1 spot on Bandcamp’s bestseller list.

Today, the duo has unveiled the projects second visual, “Grace Of God,” a heavy and socially conscious offering that continues to display Joell’s growth as an emcee—and a person.

“Now that I’m wise I realize that all I did was hide/ Long as they starin’ at that chain/They won’ look inside my eyes and see the pain/ See the hurt, see the person I disguise/ Can’t write about it all if there’s no words that could describe/ The images in my head that visit me in my bed/ If I ain’t talk to the Lord, man, spiritually I be dead.”

Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz “Cocaine Fingertips” [Video]

Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz’ collaborative project, Mona Lisa, made quite an impact upon its release on 10-26-18.  The project premiered at #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and held that spot for more than a week.  It also premiered at #3 on the Amazon Hip-Hop chart and held down the #1 spot on Bandcamp’s bestseller list. 

Today, the duo has unveiled the first visual, “Cocaine Fingertips,” from the project via an exclusive premiere with HipHopDx. 

“‘Cocaine Fingertips” was one of the joints on the album where I decided to just have fun with bars over Apollo’s raw production” Joell stated.  “I knew it needed a visual once we listened back! I felt like the video should be both fun and raw. Lotta fun filming this! Hope you all enjoy.”

“Cocaine Fingertips” called for a video as soon as it was recorded” Apollo Brown echoed. “It was completely visual from the point the beat dropped. Joell went in super raw on this joint and gave you the content and wordplay deserved for this type of sound. We laughed pretty much the whole session. We also laughed pretty much the entire making of the video. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

Purchase/Stream Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz’ Mona Lisa:

http://smarturl.it/MonaLisaMMG

Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz featuring Royce Da 5’9” – “Timberlan’d Up”

Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers; while maintaining a golden era sound.  His production credits are a who’s who of Hip-hop greats from Danny Brown, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes.  Known for bringing the best out of musicians, Apollo has a knack for making timeless classics.

Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry.  He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane.

Now the pair of Hip-hop luminaries have their first collaborative album on Mello Music Group—and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece: Mona Lisa. After premiering the album announcement and lead-single, “Decisions,” with Billboard, today they unveil the project’s second single, “Timberlan’d Up” featuring Joell’s Slaughterhouse brethren Royce Da 5’9.”  “Timberlan’d Up” was exclusively premiered by Complex.

“Timbalan’d Up is the only song on Mona Lisa with a rap feature. I called on my brother Royce Da 5’9’ to do what he does best” Joell commented to Complex.  “The track title is self explanatory. Don’t get stomped on! We give beatings on or off beat.”

“Timberlan’d Up” started with the hook; it guided me to make the beat. It needed to be simple, really simple, and it was a must that it complimented the threat of consequences being stated” said Apollo Brown.  “Of course, Joell did his thing and the fact that we enlisted Royce to bless the track was both inevitable, and incredible. Listen close to what they say. Both emcees did what they do best, and I wouldn’t be Apollo Brown if I didn’t have one of these joints on Mona Lisa. Bang your head!”  

DJ Kay Slay feat. Joell Ortiz, Jon Connor, Mysonne, Vado, Fred The Godson, Locksmith & Nino Man – “Back To The Bars”

After a seven-year hiatus in between projects, DJ Kay Slay returned with the star-studded and diverse The Big Brother (2017), the album debuted in the top 10 on Apple’s Hip-Hop chart and featured collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Kevin Gates, Tech9Ne, The Game, Dave East, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, Scarface, Jadakiss, Juicy J, Jay Rock, French Montana, E-40 and many, many others.

Less than a year after its release, Kay Slay is back to announce a new album Hip Hop Frontline.  A fitting title considering Kay Slay has always been a prominent figure and conduit of said frontline. With the new album announcement, Kay Slay also releases a visual for the projects opening track “Back To The Bars (Intro)” which was premiered by HipHopDx.  With the highly-anticipated season finale of Power airing this Sunday, Kay Slay politics with Power star Joseph Sikora (Tommy Egan) for a peep talk before handing things over to Joell Ortiz, Jon Connor, Mysonne, Vado, Fred The Godson, Locksmith & Nino Man for the “Back To The Bars (Intro).”

“In this time and era where popularity overrides lyrical talent and content, millions of hip-hop fans still crave that true sound.  That is the purpose of this album Hip Hop Frontline; it’s a breath of fresh air” Kay Slay adamantly professed to HipHopDx.

Similar to Kay Slay’s previous red-carpet events, Hip Hop Frontline will strictly be an A-List guest affair only!

Stream & Purchase: https://empire.lnk.to/BacktotheBars

 

Ace Clark feat. Talib Kweli & Joell Ortiz – “Signs”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ace Clark was baptized in bars; from singing in the church choir to writing his first rhymes to impress girls. Although only 26 years old, Ace’s ever growing popularity lead to DJ Clue hosting his first project, to having legends such as Ice-T, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Elzhi, Skyzoo and Peter Rosenberg support the rising artist.

Ace’s debut, The Good Fight, (2015) was well-received and received glowing marks from Afropunk, DJbooth, 2Dopeboyz, Vibe, HipHopDx, Team Backpack, The Source, Billboard, MTV, Hot 97 & BET’s 106 & Park to name just a few.

Ace’s mantra is about creating music that pushes the culture forward while withstanding the test of time; and that’s what he has accomplished with his sophomore album Black Privilege. The project is entirely composed, written and arranged by Ace and accentuated throughout by live instrumentation and neo-soul head-nods; all of the samples utilized on the project are Ace’s vocals that have been pitched corrected and modulated.

Today, Ace premieres his sophomore album’s lead-single, “Signs,” featuring fellow Planet Brooklynites Talib Kweli & Joell Ortiz via an exclusive premiere with Ambrosiaforheads.com.

Ace Clark’s Black Privilege will be released on 9-14-18.

Tracklisting & Credits For Ace Clark’s Black Privilege:

  1. ‘Good Things’ f/ Naiika Sings
  2. ‘Runnin’ f/ Mk Asante
  3. ‘Black Don’t Crack’ f/ Chris Scholar
  4. ‘Maxine’ f/ Elzhi
  5. ‘All In’
  6. ‘Rain or Shine’ f/ Kota the Friend
  7. ‘Naïve’
  8. ‘Hard to Breathe’ f/ Skyzoo & Tommy Versailles
  9. ‘Out the Blue’ f/ Fashawn & Khalia Cummings
  10. ‘War’
  11. ‘They Don’t Know’ f/ Beanie Sigel & Jay Future
  12. ‘You Don’t Know The Half’ f/ Khalia Cummings
  13. ‘Signs’ f/ Talib Kweli and Joell Ortiz
  14. ‘What Are We Here For’

For More Information:

https://twitter.com/AceClarkMusic

https://twitter.com/TalibKweli

https://twitter.com/JoellOrtiz

https://www.instagram.com/AceClarkMusic/

https://www.facebook.com/AceClarkMusic

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