Brooklyn Rapper Joell Ortiz Signs With Aftermath

Brooklyn-bred

rapper Joell Ortiz has signed to Aftermath Records according to representatives

for the rapper.Aftermath

is the label producer Dr. Dre founded after he departed Death Row Records.In

a prewritten statement, Ortiz expressed his desire to be mentioned among the other

greats in the rap game."So

far it’s been great and I’m glad people are feeling me now but I know I have a

long way to go before I’m running with the big boys like Jay-Z or 50 Cent,"

Ortiz said in a statement. "That’s where I’m trying to reach, nothing less."Prior

to his signing, the rapper had been recognized in AllHipHop’s Breeding Ground,

The Source magazine, XXL and other Hip-Hop media outlets. Additionally,

he’s recorded material with rap legends like Kool G Rap and KRS-One and newer

artists like Sha Stimuli, another rapper from Brooklyn. Ortiz

landed a song called "I Mean Business" on EA Sports’ NBA Live 2005 and

a mixtape called Who the F**K is Joell Ortiz?Joell

Ortiz joins rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Eve and Philadelphia newcomer

G.A.G.E., who are all included on Aftermath’s roster.

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