Video: Joell Ortiz Interview w/ PyramidWest

“I don’t have a stage name, because I’m not a stage guy.”

Joell talks about the concept behind his version of “Devil In A Blue Dress”, his Free Agent album, tour and documentary. He also speaks on the creative freedom he has as an indie artist, his work ethic, and his partnership with FluD Watches.


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55 Responses to “Video: Joell Ortiz Interview w/ PyramidWest”

  1. 456 Says:

    This is NOT true,RJ stop co-signing bullshit. In the golden era there was so much talent that niggas actually copped cd’s on gp. It was rare that you got burned like today where you get 2 or 3 joints and a bunch of trash filler cuts. You had so much originality and creativity back then it was ridiculous. Fuck is yall talking bout? What years do yall consider golden? The last two years ? I hope so,smh.

    ^you just don’t remember the trash. the only rappers you remember from that era are the good ones -whether you think it was the eighties or nineties.

  2. fuck boy music Says:

    Joell Ortiz is on some “Fuck the Labels and Majors shit”

    but Joell Ortiz is going to be broke for the rest of his life..

    I’d rather be Birdman than Joell ORtiz

  3. The Shot Clock Says:

    money > rap/hip hop

    I can’t feed my kids classic albums, gold/platinum plaques or grammy awards.

    give me the money.

    ^

    but what is the purpose of art? and why do ppl always talk about feeding their kids. kids are not expensive to raise most of our parents and parents parents did it just fine with very little.

    this is the problem wit capitalism, that evrything becomes a commodity. the value of anything in society is its cost, this is a poisonous way of thinking and it’s already infected hip hop.

    these rappers first allegiance is not to the art, it’s to sales, show money, endorsements. the fuck kind of artist is that? thats a corruption, thats a death imo.

  4. Jersey*made*me Says:

    @RJ

    Overstood I missed your point

  5. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Great artists build loyal fanbases that will support them whenever they drop something.

    Look @ Prince.

  6. hl Says:

    Rap music is awesome.

  7. fuck boy music Says:

    I kinda agree with Landlord.

    Hov, Kanye, Birdman, 50 Cent

    these niggas have way more money…and way more power and influence…

    but they don’t start revolutions or make changes within the Black community like Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton…

    those niggas have way more money than them too…

    its sad…

  8. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    *Daps the Rap Renegades*

  9. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    cmon Jersey… there ALWAYS been trash pop-rap… and it ALWAYS did good numbers…

    pee wee herman dance
    tone loc
    young MC
    vanill ice
    marky mark
    C & C music Factory
    Hammer
    PM Dawn
    etc
    etc

    but those kind of artists werent as glorified as they are now… niggas used to laugh at poprap… now they embrace it and make excuses for it…

  10. Heroine Headliner Says:

    They tried to kill Weezy…..

    They wanna hang me…..

    MAYBACH

  11. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I maintain that if Charles would have slowed on the release of his material and only release the illest shit… He’s be as praised as Jay Elec.
    ==============================================
    Nah. His music was always too esoteric for the mainstream.

    But in underground circles, he woulda been crowned king.

    I still think he’s a genius. Just a tortured one.

  12. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    *daps jersey*

    i knew we were essentially in aggreement, so i kinda misoverstood your comments as well..

  13. 456 Says:

    miss melody
    da youngstas
    father mc
    young black teenagers
    jamaal the beadmeister
    kurtis blow
    divine styler

  14. bIG_SETH Says:

    Everything happens for a reason

    most people take that as divine intervention…

    I take it as all this shit that we see is at least loosely planned.

  15. 456 Says:

    Look @ Prince.

    ^real revolutionary

  16. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Young MC was dope.

    He wrote all of Tone Loc’s stuff.

    You can’t hate Young MC but praise Fresh Prince.

    They are cut from the same crossover cloth.

  17. Remixznflow Says:

    somehow niggas always misunderstand:

    financially stable

    and

    exorbitantly rich….

    feeding your kids on 400 million isnt necessary.. actually its hurting them more than its helping them…

  18. Hoskins Says:

    nerdatthecooltable.com/2010/09/no-country-for-charles-hamilton.html

    ^^^ This is actually red-ick-ilis

    Its not unusual in the industry, but is he the first blog rapper to self-combust like this?

  19. 456 Says:

    Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton…

    ^paid informants and government employees. stop @ 5

  20. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    Nah. His music was always too esoteric for the mainstream.

    But in underground circles, he woulda been crowned king.

    I still think he’s a genius. Just a tortured one.

    ^Nigga, throw up that Best of C.H. joint so I can see what’s good. I still haven’t got anything by the man to be convinced of this genius you all say he is

  21. Jersey*made*me Says:

    ^you just don’t remember the trash. the only rappers you remember from that era are the good ones -whether you think it was the eighties or nineties.

    ^^

    Pardon you,but I remember everything from that era.EVERYTHING. Niggas albums was movements. I’m speaking of X Clan,Bush Babies,Devine Styler,Das Efx,The Liks,Ghetto Boys,Special Ed,etc. You couldn’t dare call niggas trash,you just had a bunch of creative niggas doing them. And fans were a lot more involved in these artists movements and trying to appreciate what was being brought to the table. Today’s music is 99% hopeless “I don’t give a fuck” banter,hip hop as a craft is dead. Fuck who thinks otherwise,with all due respect.

  22. bIG_SETH Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:39 am
    I maintain that if Charles would have slowed on the release of his material and only release the illest shit… He’s be as praised as Jay Elec.
    ==============================================
    Nah. His music was always too esoteric for the mainstream.

    But in underground circles, he woulda been crowned king.

    I still think he’s a genius. Just a tortured one.
    ^^

    Hence the Jay Elec label. Aint no way Jay is REALLY gonna blow if he makes the music we expect him to make.

    And most geniuses are. I talked shit about CH, but I always said I liked a lot of his music.

    When I met him I even told him. LOL. then he dissed cOLD & Big Homie. LMAO

  23. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    October 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am
    Young MC was dope.

    He wrote all of Tone Loc’s stuff.

    You can’t hate Young MC but praise Fresh Prince.

    They are cut from the same crossover cloth

    —————

    BOTH (all 3) of them niggas was wack MCs

    thats why Will quit the day job… cause at the end of the day, he knew he sucked as an MC…

    why you think he had REAL MCs write his later shit?…

    like a girl..

  24. fuck boy music Says:

    # Remixznflow Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    somehow niggas always misunderstand:

    financially stable

    and

    exorbitantly rich….

    feeding your kids on 400 million isnt necessary.. actually its hurting them more than its helping them…

    ^how so? you can never have enough..

    if had 400 million…my kids would never work a day in their lives….neither would their kids..

    trust fund after trust fund

  25. Heroine Headliner Says:

    Salute chucky…..

    He died for our sins…..

    True self analysis…..

    Is self annhialation…..

    RIP Sonic

  26. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    Today’s music is 99% hopeless “I don’t give a fuck” banter,hip hop as a craft is dead.

    —————–

    that was my very first comment and how this debate got started..

    told you we was in agreement… shit BEEN dead…

    and buried underground…

  27. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    When I met him I even told him. LOL. then he dissed cOLD & Big Homie. LMAO

    ^You gave him a business card, didn’t you?

  28. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Young MC was dope.

    ^^

    YO!!!! sweartogod I was listening to his actual words and trying not to be bias,dude was spitting. We got caught up in the whole East/West thing sometimes, which in retrospect was detrimental to the culture,but “Bust A Move” was lyrical as fuck. I gotta co-sign this one.

  29. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    divshare.com/download/12669933-e2e

    This Is Charles Hamilton

    This is NOT a best of.

    It’s a collection of songs (Post The Hamiltonization Process) that I think fit together to give a complete picture of who Charles is as an artist.

  30. Hoskins Says:

    They wanna hang me…..

    ^^^

    We all do the time, some just remain free

    #RAWSEgems

  31. bIG_SETH Says:

    Today’s music is 99% hopeless “I don’t give a fuck” banter,hip hop as a craft is dead. Fuck who thinks otherwise,with all due respect.
    ^^

    Madlib is like the only dude I see REALLY caring the torch for great, revolutionary Hip Hop… and that nigga crazy too.

    Hella reclusive, but probably for good reason.

  32. Nahruto Uzumaki Says:

    I’d rather be Birdman than Joell ORtiz

    ^ sooo you rather be ghey than get latin bitches? kewl

  33. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    if had 400 million…my kids would never work a day in their lives….neither would their kids..

    ————

    bad move… cause then most all them kids and grandkids would be self destructive trust fund babies, with no incentive and self motivation to do for self …

  34. fuck boy music Says:

    Money is more important than the artform…

    look at diddy….look at hov…look at birdman…look at 50…

    you tell a rapper who he wants to be like?

    he won’t say slaughter house, joell ortiz or charles hamilton…

    he gonna say…puff, hov, birdman and 50 cent…

    fuck all accolades, classic albums, 5 mics and xxl ratings, etc.

    give me the money

  35. Remixznflow Says:

    # fuck boy music Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    # Remixznflow Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    somehow niggas always misunderstand:

    financially stable

    and

    exorbitantly rich….

    feeding your kids on 400 million isnt necessary.. actually its hurting them more than its helping them…

    ^how so? you can never have enough..

    if had 400 million…my kids would never work a day in their lives….neither would their kids..

    trust fund after trust fund

    ^
    exactly… just what we as a people need.. selfish over indulgent lazy ass kids that have no sense of work ethic or morals.. eveything is handed to them and they dont know how to help the next man…

    trust me… you’d be killing them…

    with that kind of money they dont feel the need to get educated.. they dont have to be motivated… they dont know how to help others.. the fuck?

  36. bIG_SETH Says:

    Troubleshooter1900 Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:46 am
    When I met him I even told him. LOL. then he dissed cOLD & Big Homie. LMAO

    ^You gave him a business card, didn’t you?
    ^^

    LOL. Nah, that was before my grinding days.

  37. 456 Says:

    Pardon you,but I remember everything from that era.EVERYTHING. Niggas albums was movements. I’m speaking of X Clan,Bush Babies,Devine Styler,Das Efx,The Liks,Ghetto Boys,Special Ed,etc. You couldn’t dare call niggas trash,you just had a bunch of creative niggas doing them. And fans were a lot more involved in these artists movements and trying to appreciate what was being brought to the table. Today’s music is 99% hopeless “I don’t give a fuck” banter,hip hop as a craft is dead. Fuck who thinks otherwise,with all due respect.

    ^you aint mention mad lion or them garbage niggas channel live or the thousand of other weak ass bullshit rappers from that era…

  38. fuck boy music Says:

    Nothing wrong with being a Trust Fund baby….trust funds are income…

  39. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    The Bush Babees – Gravity >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Criminally slept on.

  40. Jersey*made*me Says:

    When I met him I even told him. LOL. then he dissed cOLD & Big Homie. LMAO

    ^^

    lol

  41. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    but “Bust A Move” was lyrical as fuck

    ————————

    LOLOL

    wtf?

    niggas is breathing hella poisonous chemtrails and bugging out bigtime…

    i actually saw someone type “Bust A Move” is lyrical… as fuck, no less

    that. just. happened.

  42. bIG_SETH Says:

    Heroine Headliner Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:44 am
    Salute chucky…..

    He died for our sins…..

    True self analysis…..

    Is self annhialation…..

    RIP Sonic
    ^^

    LOL.

    #GemsOnTheLow

  43. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    Madlib is like the only dude I see REALLY caring the torch for great, revolutionary Hip Hop… and that nigga crazy too.

    Hella reclusive, but probably for good reason

    ^Nas too.

    Jay Elect. tried and got scared (This is really what I think scared him. looking down the barrel of greatness)

  44. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I remember an interview with Jim Carrey where he was saying how his new found fortune could ruin the lives of his family if he wasn’t careful.

    That shit stuck with me.

    Not that I have anything to worry about.

  45. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    sheeeit… Big Homie was a bigger CH stan than me… why he mad at the lil Asian feller?

  46. Nahruto Uzumaki Says:

    bad move… cause then most all them kids and grandkids would be self destructive trust fund babies, with no incentive and self motivation to do for self …

    ^ Word, if I had 400 mil I wouldn’t give my kids any real dough until they completed college, have a career going and reached the age of 30, hopefully with all of that going for them and with some age they will have their heads on straight (nfbm)

  47. 456 Says:

    Jay Elect. tried and got scared (This is really what I think scared him. looking down the barrel of greatness

    ^lol, you act like his career its over. it’s not.

  48. mCb Says:

    bLACK fAVRE Says:

    October 13th, 2010 at 11:47 am
    if had 400 million…my kids would never work a day in their lives….neither would their kids..

    ————

    bad move… cause then most all them kids and grandkids would be self destructive trust fund babies, with no incentive and self motivation to do for self …
    ^^^
    like i said winnin the lottery best and worst day
    id give some away, and continously give to charity off investment income made from low risk investments.

    and set up for the kids, ont he condition that they do well in school, and either play sports, do clubs, or get a job.

  49. bIG_SETH Says:

    Jersey*made*me Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:49 am
    When I met him I even told him. LOL. then he dissed cOLD & Big Homie. LMAO

    ^^

    lol
    ^^

    in austin @ the Nahright show… eskay aint say shit. LOL.

    He was just posted in the back. LOL

  50. Nahruto Uzumaki Says:

    lol, you act like his career its over. it’s not.

    ^ true but we can’t wait forever

  51. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Word to the Simmons’ girls,just sitting back living of your family ain’t what’s up. Vanessa and Angela can tell their children that Pastry was their own,not Uncle Russell or daddy’s. You use your good fortune as a launching pad,not a crutch.

  52. bLACK fAVRE Says:

    i think some “people” got to Jay Elec, and told him to stifle all that intergallactic pro black speaking, or else…

    how else can you explain his lack of career progression when he was clearly the most talented hiphop nigga to hit the airwaves in a couple decades?

    shit aint adding up

  53. bIG_SETH Says:

    bLACK fAVRE Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    sheeeit… Big Homie was a bigger CH stan than me… why he mad at the lil Asian feller?
    ^^

    I don’t think CH knew who he was dissing. It sounded like he grabbed the first names from the c-section and called em out. I told him that a lot of folks here like his music & he just laughed.

  54. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    i think some “people” got to Jay Elec, and told him to stifle all that intergallactic pro black speaking, or else…

    how else can you explain his lack of career progression when he was clearly the most talented hiphop nigga to hit the airwaves in a couple decades?

    shit aint adding up

    ^It’s not. Dude either got scared or some people did whisper in his ear. There ain’t no denying Something To Hold On To, The Exhibit series, Or this master Act series.

    Someone saying fuck the industry subliminally and caking while spitting glorious bars………… He was really showing niggas how to do it through movement.

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