Tonight’s co-headliners Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz were busy in early 2011, releasing a new EP with their hip-hop supergroup, Slaughterhouse, but both have kept a relatively low profile for high-profile emcees since. The Jersey City based Budden has released a couple of mixtapes but is seemingly still busy pumping up his forthcoming LP, The Great Escape, while Brooklyn’s Ortiz, who released the album Free Agent in February, has been diffusing accusations of dissing Big Pun in his song “Big Pun’s Back” by claiming to have taken the deceased rapper’s place. Do him a favor tonight and tell him whether he’s a player or not.
Tue., Dec. 27, 9 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2011