Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked release their new ‘Memorial Day’ single.
Joell Ortiz and 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, one half of Slaughterhouse have come back together for a new joint project, H.A.R.D., which will be released on 5-29-20 by Mello Music Group.
After announcing their collaborative union by unveiling the projects title track, Joell and Crooked return to salute and pay homage to the family, friends and loved ones we have lost.Â
â€œMemorial Dayâ€ paints a picture of a scene all too familiar in the hood unfortunately. We take losses at a young age due to violence, drugs, health issues etc. This year, a pandemic contributed to those losses in a swift and severe wayâ€ Joell commented. â€œRIP to my childhood friend and high school teammate Terrence â€œT-Blackâ€ Earlington and to my homie and 1/2 of our â€œGorilla Glueâ€ duo Frederick â€œFred da Godsonâ€ Thomas. To all the many more who have fallen, you are missed and remembered.â€
â€œNovember 11th 2019 my friend and fellow Long Beach rapper Bad Azz died. 2020 brought more death into my personal life when my Father passed and then my childrenâ€™s grandmother. Cali mourned the deaths of Kobe, GG and all the passengers in that fatalÂ helicopter crash. The globe mourns for those lost to the Coronavirusâ€ Crooked stated.Â â€œThis Memorial Day will hit me and many others way differently. Music is part of the healing process.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 on May 29 via Mello Music Group.