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Joell Ortiz x !llmind – “Lil’ Piggies”


Check out the official single “Lil’ Piggies” via Joell Ortiz and !llmind, off the Human album, scheduled for release
July 17th.

Lil Piggies is about Joell addressing the other side of the music and him staying true to himself. “I’m beyond tired of all the politics, rappers with their gimmicks, and following trends,” says Joell, “Every now and again you have to remind people that it all starts and ends with rapping well. Well at least to me and my fans it does.”

iTunes Pre-Order:  Human | Official Website: http://www.waytoohuman.com/
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SLAUGHTERHOUSE: Glass House [download] + Tour Info

Slaughterhouse is backFor the title of this next album, Slaughterhouse is sticking’ to the script, the “house” metaphor. They had Slaughterhouse, On The House and Welcome to: Our House. Sonically, their formula is simple: hard beats with four of the most lyrical wordsmiths each trying to outdo one another non every track. With the exception of “Goodbye” off of Our House in 2012, which was about loss of a loved one (remix featuring Fat Joe dedicated to Chris Lighty), for the most part, the quartet’s content has been 1 part street, 1 part slick pimp sh-t, 2 parts extra lyrical bravado.

But now on this new album, ‘Glass House‘, due out later this year, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz – are going to get personal. Crooked I told VIBE in a recent interview:

“We were going through different things personally in our life and it just shines through the music,” said Crooked. “That’s what’s going to make it relatable to the fan. It’s everyday struggles, everyday pain, everyday obstacles. You’re going to go through a journey when you listen to this album.”

Glass House will be executive produced by Just Blaze, but that doesn’t mean he is handling all the production. Just has recruited J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Cardiak, AraabMuzik and Illmind already and it is rumored DJ Premier may contribute to the album as well.

Slaughterhouse is currently on their Glass House Tour. I dare you to throw stones!!

Check the video and tour dates below.

Tour: GlassHouseTour.com

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MEDINA GREEN MC DcQ, also known as “Ilias Bey”, began his music career at 17, in a group I first saw rocking’ at the legendary Lyricist Lounge in the 90’s, as the Urban Thermo Dynamics or UTD’s for short. Singles like “My Kung Fu” and “Manifest Destiny”, dropped on Payday Records  quickly garnered underground respect. This was also the first time people heard the lyrics and vocals of fellow group member Mos Def (yes, he was always singing, even back then). UTD’s had a good run, Mos came out with his solo work and shortly after DcQ emerged with a new group, a larger collective called Medina Green. They had some great joints, most notably the classic “Crosstown Beef”.

After years of touring the world as an independent artist, opening for “De La Soul”, “BlackStar”, “Talib Kweli”, and “Mos Def” and on the public speaking circuit under his pseudonym “Illias”, DcQ is back with a new project which not only is dope beats and rhymes but promotes a positive social message, SAVE THE CHILDREN – The EP.

dcq1While the title track and one other are solo DcQ joints, the EP features other members of Medina Green (including Yaslin Bey -pka- Mos Def) and some special guests, like SADAT X and JOELL ORTIZ. The beats on this project are rough, rugged and raw, produced by Shawneci Icecold and Ayatollah, my favorites being the title track, “Stop The Madness” and the closer “Party Done”. The whole project is extremely well put together and amazingly is a FREE DOWNLOAD available here.

Save the Children The EP

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Joell Ortiz: “Can’t Stop The Prophet”

Joell Ortiz

This is a promo Joell Ortiz made for Funk Flex, over Pete Rock’s remix of Jeru The Damaja’s “Can’t Stop The Prophet”. The verse is el fuego! The picture is from his performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell, for Celebrate Brooklyn, last summer. That was an awesome show, so I threw in some bonus video footage courtesy of MCMI’s LR Blitzkrieg. Enjoy!


Slaughterhouse: Monsters In My Head (Download+Artwork+Lyrics)


This song was billed as “Crooked I – Monsters In My Head ft. Slaughterhouse“, because it’s on Cooked’s new mixtape, Psalm 82:6, due out in March, but it is definitely a Slaughterhouse song, as evidenced by the artwork as well.  Produced by Boi-1da, somber piano keys and a dark, brooding chorus set the mood for a “Stan” type story, but with only a 16 bars apiece, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Royce Da 5’9″ simply do what they have always done, deliver four verses that compete for your “who kilt it the most?” arguments. Rhythmically and metaphorically I think they are all about even, but Joe Budden’s verse at the end, for me, had the most emotion in the delivery, which I guess is really his forte. Budden’sMood Muzik” workouts certainly exercised his personal story-telling muscles, so perhaps the music of this track is best suited for his style, but I’m not mad at anyone on here. All the verses ended too soon, leaving me hungry for more from that particular MC. Still, something to engage us until Slaughterhouse’s Shady Records debut, “Welcome to: Our House” drops sometime in May.

Lyrics after the jump.


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