Tag Archives: Joell Ortiz

Defying the Nas Syndrome

When the Slaughterhouse LP dropped, I had unfairly high expectations for it. I knew the lyrics would be clever by and large, but I expected the beats to be dope as well. Of course, I was disappointed to hear a … Continue reading

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If You Ain’t Down, Damn It Get Down.

At this point, it seems sort of ridiculous to defend the merit of Southern Hip Hop. There’s a lot of shitty Southern Hip Hop. There’s a lot of shitty Northern Hip Hop. There’s a lot of great music coming from … Continue reading

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“Make sure the coke is fluffy”

Much has been written about Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II in the week since it’s release. I hope (and think) there’s still more to be said, so I’m back. This post is a spiritual successor to my post on … Continue reading

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In Appreciation of Slaughterhouse

This is not a Slaughterhouse fan post. This is also not a full collection of thoughts, more a reaction to Slaughterhouse and their debut album. The idea of Slaughterhouse never got my blood pumping. I can’t recall giving more than … Continue reading

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