In February 2010, frequent collaborators Joell Ortiz and Novel decided they would do a full-on joint mixtape and they dropped a pretty damn good one at that in Defying the Predictable. Ortiz’s strained, punch line-heavy raps served as a great complement to Novel’s emotive, smooth crooning. So it’s no surprise that they’re doing the duo thing again soon. “Body Down Pt. 2” is the first we’re hearing from the follow-up project and it features Ortiz putting his goofball stuff to the side for a much more serious narrative. It gets a little grandiose toward the end, but it’s still sounding like these guys have another sleeper hit on their hands.
You can stream the track below.