"House Slippers" evolves with its creator.
"I wanted to lose weight. I just wanted to become a better person," he said. "Through thatâthrough losing weight and stop smoking cigarettes and slowed down heavily on drinking, I started seeing things differently. Literally, I started feeling different. Itâs like my eyes opened up; it wasnât so cloudy in that Rock star life. It wasnât alcohol, and girls in the back of the bus, and things like that. Itâs just grown and mature, like, âYo, youâve got to do this.â âCause I honestly feel like this is a very important album for me. It took 18 months and I lost almost 100 pounds. I really sat with myself and started learning more things about myself. And then, I just started writing. I wasnât even recording, I was just writing about my day-to-day, ideas, what I want to do, what I want to accomplishânot even rhymes, just writing and keeping the pen moving. So Iâd write a song or two and then [go to record it]. It was very, very, very organic."
Initially titledÂ Yaowa, the LP evolved with the emcee.Â House Slippers' title spawned from this evolution. Ortiz describes the album's concept as coming from a place of comfort where he can speak his mind.
"The way I came up withÂ House SlippersÂ was, when I listen to the album, Iâm not afraid, man," he claimed. "Iâm very comfortable with myself. I donât care what anybodyâs gonna think. This is the first time I can honestly say that. I donât care if they go, âWord? That happened?â or âHeâs okay with sayinâ that?â I donât care! In so many ways, this album is only for me. But I swear itâs gonna be for everybody who feels like me. Once I found my comfortable place as a human being, I wanted to find a name that equated that comfort. When are you most comfortable, Joell? Sitting on my couch, in my house slippers, with the remote in my hand, just doing what I want to do."
House SlippersÂ is slated to hit store shelves later this year. Meanwhile, you can check outÂ Slaughterhouse's latest mixtapeÂ House RulesÂ (featuring plenty of verses from Joell) right here. Still not enough? Check out the reader-acclaimed "Music Saved My Life" right here.