Brooklyn Rapper Joell Ortiz Signs With Aftermath


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.