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Joell Ortiz Embraces Growth on “Monday”

Joell Ortiz

Photos by Jeremy Deputat

As the start of a typical work week, Mondays have a notoriously bad reputation. But what if we thought about it differently? What if we looked at Monday as an opportunity to begin again?

For veteran MC Joell Ortiz, that’s what Monday, his latest solo album, is all about. “People have such a bad energy attached to Monday,” he says. “I wanted to change the narrative. Monday can also be the start of something—the start of something fresh. On this record, I’m talking about some things I’ve wanted to talk about for a while. Getting some things off my chest. Clearing the air. It’s also playing on this idea like, ‘Hey, it’s Joell again. I’m back at it. Back to work.’”

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The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: August 2019


August’s round-up of the best new hip-hop to hit Bandcamp includes a funky superhero-themed U.S. to U.K. collaboration, emotive spoken word poetics broadcast from the Bay Area, and a project that recaps a Brooklyn MC’s rap industry ups and downs. We also spotlight a surprise album release from a profound west coast wordsmith.

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