Joell Ortiz (born July 6, 1980) is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York.
Though signed to Aftermath, Ortiz released an album titled “The Brick (Bodega Chronicles)” in April 2007 on Koch Records. “The Brick” featured production by Showbiz, Street Radio, and The Alchemist, among others. Guest artists included rappers Big Daddy Kane, Styles P, Big Noyd, Akon, Immortal Technique, Grafh, and Ras Kass.
Ortiz parted ways with Aftermath Entertainment in April 2008.
Joe Budden reached out to Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Nino Bless for a track titled "Slaughterhouse" on his digital release, “Halfway House.” Based on the reception of the track, they decided to form a super-group, minus Nino Bless, and named it after the first song they made together, “Slaughterhouse.”
Slaughterhouse released numerous songs throughout early 2009, building a buzz for their self-titled album which was released through E1 in August 2009. The album features production from Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, plus guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, K-Young, and The New Royales. In 2010 the group signed to Emenim’s Shady Records and left E1 Entertainment.
In August 2010 Ortiz signed a deal with Steve Rifkind's label SRC Records and Universal Motown. After almost a year, Ortiz finally left the E1 label in November 2010.
His album “Free Agent” was released in February 2011 on E1. The album features production from DJ Premier, Knobody, DJ Khalil, Sean C & LV, Mr. 187, Broadway, Dookie Fingazz, Nottz and Frank Dukes. Guests are The Lox, Just Blaze, Dookie Fingazz. It debuted at #173 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.