New York’s Joell Ortiz is a name you’re gonna be hearing a lot from in years to come. With his debut album, The Brick Bodega Chronicles, out in stores now through Koch, and a joint on just about every high profile mixtape on the block, Ortiz seems poised for great success in ’07, right?
Man, you don’t even know the half of it! The dude just signed with Aftermath to make his sophomore effort with superstar producers Dr. Dre, Scott Storch and Jazzy Pha at the helm! He’s even got a song on there with soul legend Smokey Robinson! Damn!
So we were delighted that this microphone master decided to stop by Freestyle 101 and spit some fire for us. In fact, after warming up for a few bars, Ortiz told us he was gonna rap ‘till the beat stopped, and damn if he didn’t rap for nearly 5 straight minutes before taking a breath. Check the references to Playstation, Atari, Colecovision and Dawson’s Creek. Hilarious. The guy is the king of the punchlines and about as badasss of a freestyler as we’ve had yet.
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