Royce 5’9 Drops A Heat Rock. Joell Ortiz Sayz 2 Can Play That Game (Audio)

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Today (May 23), both Joell Ortiz and Royce 5’9 dropped fresh material, shaking up things in what has otherwise been a relatively quiet week for major new releases. On “iLL,” Royce joined Conway The Machine and DJ Green Lantern for some Get Out-inspired madness, while his Slaughterhouse cohort’s offering is a solo loosie that also references a recent cultural touchstone: Kermit The Frog memes.

Joell Ortiz Says Most Rap Millionaires Are “Scared Silly” Of His Rich Bars (Audio)

On “God Forbid,” a Heatmakerz-produced record that features Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam atop the Brooklyn Bridge in its artwork, Joell bullies the mic. ” I hope they learnin’ while I’m spittin’/Somebody better tell ’em, they ain’t heard that I was different/Let a frog jump and I’ma burn him with the Smith N’/Have his man standing there like Kermit with the Lipton,” he raps, referencing the ubiquitous meme featuring Kermit The Frog sipping tea.

It’s been over a year since Joell dropped his last solo project, That’s Hip-Hop, though that may soon change. Ortiz comes for the necks of lesser rappers throughout the scalding track, perhaps to give them fair warning before he releases a new body of work. God forbid they don’t listen.