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Joell Ortiz and !llmind Interview: Staying True to Yourself & Breaks Down Music

It’s always a pleasure when greatness graces the Sway in the Morning studios and we were just blessed with a double dose of it.  One of the best producers in the game right now, !llmind, joins the Joell Ortiz to break down their new collaborative project, “Human.”

Giving us the overview on his rise to music making genius, !llmind speaks on having a music-loving father who inspired him to create.  He tells stories of linking with the likes of D Prosper, Rhymefest and Kanye West on the road to producing on “Cruel Summer.”

Starting with one studio session after the House Slippers tour, Ortiz explains that he simply loves being Joell Ortiz as he linked with !llmind to create another project.  Keeping things clean cut with no gimmicks the two came up with the title “Human” on the basis of staying true to themselves.

From Emilio Rojas to Bodega Bamz to Chris Rivers, Ortiz speaks on keeping his eyes on good talent that holds their own.  The two break down the songs “Bad Santa” and “Lil’ Piggies” to conclude the interview.

Make sure to the Human website to check tour dates and grab your copy of the album on iTunes.


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