Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked release their new single ‘Lose My Mind’. Their new project ‘H.A.R.D.’ drops tonight at midnight.
Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked met the year they both won XXL’s coveted Freshmen of the Year Award. Their careers are as legendary as any in the rap game. Joell Ortiz started by signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, then moving to Shady Records as part of the Super group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Royce 5’9 and KXNG Crooked.
Meanwhile, KXNG Crooked was signed to Virgin Records at just 17 before joining Death Row Records. He’s had a flourishing solo career including collaborations along the way with TechN9ne, 2Pac, Benny The Butcher, Raekwon, Akon, Ray J and more.
After recently reconvening on Eminem’s newest album Music To Be Murdered By (during a recent fanchat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem named Crooked his most underrated rapper), one half of Slaughterhouse have come back together for a new joint project, H.A.R.D., which will be released tonight at midnight.
â€œThis H.A.R.D project is an audio painting from me and my brother Crook. We share similar stories in both life and the music business. The common denominator being the struggle. We take you on a ride over production from Heatmakerz, ILL Mind, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Apollo Brown, Erick Sermon and more!! I suggest you put on your headphones and close your eyes for this one.â€
On the eve of the projectâ€™s release, Joell and Crooked let one more track go; â€œLose My Mindâ€ which also features Blakk Soul.
â€œLose My Mindâ€ is the story of little Joell growing up in the N.Y.C.H.A system. The struggles, the hardships, the sacrifices and the realities. The hand I was dealt suckedâ€ Joell recalled. â€œIâ€™m so happy I shuffled and played my way outta there. I still deal with the effects of that upbringing to this day. Godspeed though.”
â€œBad things happened in my past. I canâ€™t change any of it, but I can change the way I view those situations. I choose to learn from the past and apply what Iâ€™ve learned to the nowâ€ Crooked affirmed. â€œEinstein said everything is energyâ€¦ I think we tapped into the energy and frequency of the hood on this one to let them know we are them and they are us.â€
Joell & Crookedâ€™s H.A.R.D. features production from illMind, Erick Sermon, Apollo Brown, Heatmakerz & J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and will be released at midnight tonight via Mello Music Group.