Joell Ortiz

The Brick: Bodega Chronicles

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On his eagerly anticipated 2007 debut, THE BRICK, Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Joell Ortiz unleashes a torrent of potent rhymes, revealing exactly why he was long touted as the one of the finest unsigned rappers on the planet. With its strikingly spare sonic backdrops and tough-love NYC attitude, the record allows Ortiz's hard-hitting flow to stand out over all else, as best evinced on the fierce "125 Grams Pt. 1."

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