The summer is gone. 2010’s summer was one of the most creative and epic music wise. We’ve seen Rick Ross and Young Jeezy almost create a civil war for Def Jam. 50 Cent finally joined Twitter and has nothing but nice things to say about the industry. That was a joke if you didn’t catch on. Gucci Mane released numerous tapes. The list can go on for days.
One artist who has had a bittersweet summer is the Brooklyn spitter, Joell Ortiz. With Free Agent and Yaowa not dropping, he’s kept his name fresh with freestyles and features. In an attempt to keep warm in a cold winter, Farewell Summer EP was created; five songs that prove deadly with every listen. No better way to go out with a bang as we brace ourselves for the chilly weather.
Anybody who enjoys lyrics will love “Battle Cry”. The Audible Doctor produced 100 bars of punches will keep you on the edge of your seat in awe of each punchline. Starting out with the confident opening lines, “How many times I got to tell you I’m second to none/No magazine’s top 10 because I’m negative one”. It’s easily the stand out record if you love the lyrical side of Joell.
For those who aren’t satisfied with just his slaughter persona, the title track is just for you. The Puerto Rican artist reflects on his career and personal life over the past few months. From girl problems (and we feel bad for him, son) to the good times of performing at the Highline Ballroom, this record chronicles it all. He also gives us a heads up that his next projects will be crazy like they should be.
Fans can also enjoy a collaboration with Talib Kweli, Brother Ali and Jean Grae over Frank Dukes production as well as an additional Sheek Louch on El’s popular “Sing Like Bilal (Remix)”. Overall, this has everything that makes this EP memorable. Dear summer, Joell Ortiz made sure you were remembered with a huge big bang. See you next year.