MONDAY X JOELL ORTIZ
And we are back with our sixth official review! As promised, the below are our metrics for our reviews. To see our previous review of EVE X RAPSODY, click here.
FEEL- What type of feelings do the music invoke? What does it make you want to do?
LYRICS- Are there bars?
PRODUCTION- Does the artist ride the beats? Does their cadence match the production? Does the production fit well with the project?
OVERALL- How many tracks to we like compared to the number of tracks on the project?
Feel free to use the above for your own reference as you go through the music and let us know what you think!
MONDAY X JOELL ORTIZ
Release Date: 8.30.2019
Number of Tracks: 12
Duration: 39 MINS
Favorite Track: Same Time
Joell Ortiz is what I would describe as a “story time,” rapper. Story time rappers are probably one of the oldest class of rappers in the book, as they use their words to paint pictures of things that may or may not have happened to them. On Monday, Joell tells quite a few stories, to the backdrop of the importance of the day, as many of us do not look forward to Mondays. On the song, Same Time, he tells the story of his stint in jail, and on the song Sip Slow he recounts the thoughts that run through his head as he sips wine. On the song Learn You, featuring Big KRIT, he tells his sorrows from his job preventing from being in his child’s lives, and on the song Screens, he explains impact of technology on the perpetual lack of children’s desire to play outside. And finally, on the song Anxiety, he recounts his own dealings with the condition that many do not expect for artists to have to deal with. While this can be one of the most valuable forms of rapping, it is limiting in the sense that these are generally not songs you can just have on in the background.
Raps that tell stories are the strongest in terms of lyrics, as the limitations of telling the story can make it difficult to come up with rhymes. If these stories can be told thoughtfully, while still providing the rhythm and flow of a song, you know you are listening to an artist with talent. Joell shows unquestionable talent throughout the album, and it stands to be one of the better albums we have heard this year.
“I wonder if my girl livin right
An OG told me never call in the mornin or night
Cause if a nigga spent the night, he probably still there
I play chess wit my homie in the wheelchair
Never once asked him how he got in there
I never beat him either, but shit I don’t care
Them stories he tell make me feel like I got pulled outta here.”
9.19.2019 – The Oracle
Edited by MJG Story Creation