Album of the Week: Joell Ortiz – "House Slippers"
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:31:10
Hip-hop at large has been waiting for another classic from Joell Ortiz.
The entire genre's practically been salivating over the moment that he would deliver his definitive body of work to date. As one-fourth of Slaughterhouse, his robust flow and overpowering presence drove the group's best cuts. He's dropped some undeniable albums such as 2007's The Brick: Bodega Chronicles and its 2011 follow-up Free Agent. However, House Slippers could very well be regarded as a "debut", in some ways, as it properly introduces the world to this microphone beast as the underground always regarded him. It's time for the mainstream to jump on board though. This is a man who's wowed both Eminem and Dr. Dre, mind you, with good reason.
Kicking off with the title track, Ortiz sets the pace through an autobiographical narrative propelled by big bars emblematic of his raw skill. "Cold World" taps into a soulful energy punctuated by a shimmering Lee Carr hook. Meanwhile, "Dream On" could've very well snuck out of an old school jazz club, but Ortiz imbues a hood sensibility into the cut that makes it purely him. "Music Saved My Life" sees him trade verses with B.o.B, creating an unforgettable and honest anthem in the process. He gets straight raw on "Q&A" and "Phone", not shying away from darkness, rather embracing it and telling his stories unbridled for a positive impact. Everything culminates on smoky and sizzling "Crack Spot", a smoldering example of his mic prowess.
This is that epic we've all wanted from Joell Ortiz. Slip on House Slippers now…
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What's your favorite Joell Ortiz song?