Common Brings His A-Game On A Cold Collabo With Joell Ortiz
DJ Absolut has been a sound provider who in addition to playing others’ records is dropping heat of his own. Previously, Ambrosia For Heads presented Rap fans with some unearthed Mobb Deep freestyles via the New York mixmaster. Now, Heads can get a taste of more Big Apple-inspired heat headed by a Windy City that possesses an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe trophy.
On a song titled “World Records,” Common shows love for DJ Absolut with the kind of far-reaching appearance that he made early in his career, following an “Unsigned Hype” spot in The Source and a deal with Relativity Records. Meanwhile, the DJ taps Joell Ortiz, Vado and M-O-B-B’s Havoc for another lost gem.
The Chicago legend begins his verse with the dark reality of gang violence. “Frozen jungle, chosen humble / O’s tumble, money talks, bro’s mumble,” Common raps with a compound rhyme pattern. “The dialect of the high elect when the fire gets too hot to handle / It’s new spots to vandle / -Ism, spray shots, it’s stray shots that pirouette / Dark times, silhouettes leaving baby mamas pillows wet.” Common’s sprinkled verses to projects by DJ Honda, Kid Capri, Sway & King Tech, and others.
Joell, who opens the song, remembers building a Rap career as he maintained a presence in the streets. He goes back to Bushwick, Brooklyn with symmetrical bars and the emphasized cadence that he deploys so well.
Common last released Black America Again in 2016. Joell has been busy. Last month, he partnered with fellow New York MC Fred The Godson and producers, The Heatmakerz, for Gorilla Glue. Last year, he and Apollo Brown released the acclaimed Mona Lisa. In ’18, Vado dropped Sinatra 3. This month, Havoc appeared with Method Man and Streetlife on “Squad Up.”
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