To be honest, this leak from Joell Ortiz’s new mixtape, The Life & Times Of Sebastian Rios, caught my attention when I saw that Pharoahe Monch was listed as a guest. It’s not that Ortiz has been wholly disappointing as a rapper or anything, it’s just that some of his solo material can be tiresome. Anyone who has listened to him knows that the dude loves to inject goofy punch lines and cultural references into his tracks, which wouldn’t be a problem if he didn’t use them so often.
Thankfully, that’s not entirely the case here on “Psycho,” which features Ortiz and Monch trading verses over the beat from Tech N9ne’s “Am I A Psycho.” Ortiz does let his gooball side out for his second verse, though he keeps it in check with an engaging and off-kilter flow. Monch’s bars are just as out there as he spits bars you would expect to hear on, well, a Tech N9ne or early Eminem album. And as good as Monch is on here, he doesn’t necessarily steal the show. But he does make me think that these two should work together more frequently.
Stream “Psycho” below. Ortiz’s new mixtape is due out soon.