Joell Ortiz & Hit-Maker Salaam Remi Have Released A New EP. Take A Listen.
This past year has been busy for Brooklyn, New York’s Joell Ortiz. Last year, the Slaughterh*use co-founder linked up with veteran Michigan producer Apollo Brown for the release of their joint venture, Mona Lisa. Then at the beginning of 2019, Joell caught a wave with Dipset affiliates The Heatmakerz and Bronx lyricist Fred The Godson for a collaboration of their own with, Gorilla Glue.
Meanwhile, veteran multi-genre hit-maker Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan) recently crafted Black Thought’s critically acclaimed, Streams Of Thought Vol. 2: Traxploitation, named one of Ambrosia For Heads‘ best releases of 2018. Then in April of this year, Remi produced the soundtrack for Netflix’s marijuana documentary Grass Is Greener, which carried features from The LOX, Black Thought, Bun B, Nitty Scott, Terrace Martin, Stephen Marley, and more.
Remi and Ortiz join forces once again to drop EP, BoxTalk. Over five tracks spanning less than 20 minutes, Remi provides the project with some quintessentially hard knocking New York City sounds as modeled most essentially on tracks like, “BoxTalk,” “Brooklyn What,” and “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” While Remi brings the sounds of the Big Apple to your speakers, Ortiz ushers in the voice of the city, supplying Heads with a litany of slick-talking and a smorgasbord of braggadocious bars on the mic.
On the title track, “BoxTalk,” Ortiz rips rhymes meant to snap off the walls of New York City’s streets, “I should get my liquor license, I’m just out here with bars / Lied when I said I’m from Mars, I’m actually from far, another quasar / But hey, y’all, let’s not go A.W.O.L / I’m built for every war / No metaphor said before can describe sh*t like this / Slight twitch, I might just / Go in the booth and turn up every mic switch / To frequencies of high pitch / Communicate with the beat ’til you take a defeat / I’ll RuPaul you in your hood, drag your name through the streets / Nothin’ sweet, catch diabetes seizures staring at heat / That I keep up under the fleece stuffed with London geese / Ovengold turkey and cheese, bag of Funyuns, jeez / Can a ni**a eat what he wanna eat? / I ain’t sexy, I’m street / F*ck b*tches with my Timbs on my feet / And a toothpick in my teeth while we listen to Sheek.”
In 2016, Joell Ortiz and Salaam Remi connected with MCs Nitty Scott and Bodega Bamz for their Rap group, NO PANTY, and their compilation album, Westside Highway Story.