Joell Ortiz - Before Hip-Hop Lyrics

Ha, listen homie, you don't know me like you think you know me

Big boy toys that clap like a dirty bitch box
Ladders attached with 36 shots inserted and cocked
You ain't gotta take my word this shit pop
Ask around how I circled these blocks before Hip Hop

Sandwich baggies, drop it in, and tie knots
Invite my favorite fiend over to come and try rocks
Dope the only thing stamped inside my mailbox
Folded money 'til the rubber bands popped before Hip Hop

Old E, St Ides and Valentine Ale
Dutch masters, Phillys and White Owl smells
L train to Linden and Powell to roll L's
Token booths nigga, no vocal booths before Hip Hop...

Whole different dude... I'm rolling to you
I got a dub that I don't fold to that deuce
Eything good even yo nasty ass shoes now here's my moment of truth...
Yea, that was life before Hip Hop

You think you know me, you don't really know me
Back in my hood I'm still the one and only
Before these music projects, I'm the projects homie
Y'all just see the new me, y'all don't know the the old me
Before these beats was trapping, I was out there trapping
Before these birds was rapping, I was bird wrapping
Before the fans was clapping, it was cans clapping
No bank accounts, hand to hand transactions...

A bunch of candles in the lobby, who got laid to rest?
Empty bottles near the flicks, I know the wake is next
I'm from a place where people walk around with major stress...
Don't say something you'll regret before Hip Hop uhh

I was crazy fresh... Trapping in my Avirex
Blue Yankee fitted, 501s above the Navy checks
I never had to beg for pussy, bitches gave me sex
I left all the drugs at they address before Hip Hop

Shit ya boy was out there tryna survive
Too lazy for a 9 to 5 I bought a 9 and got live
Til it jammed... said goodbye next day went outside
And bought that pretty 38 it's on the lap in my ride right...

It wasn't all about these verses and words
It was being 1st to the curb from the 1st to the 3rd
It was 'bout staying alert, you see 'em lurking you swerve...
To this day, I thank God I ain't get locked before Hip Hop

You think you know me, you don't really know me
Back in my hood I'm still the one and only
Before these music projects, I'm the projects homie
Y'all just see the new me, y'all don't know the the old me
Before these beats was trapping, I was out there trapping
Before these birds was rapping, I was bird wrapping
Before the fans was clapping, it was cans clapping
No bank accounts, hand to hand transactions...

Before hip hop, had that thing on my hip, don't let it hop off (Ha ha ha)
But nah though, just Joell Ortiz

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Joell Ortiz Before Hip-Hop Comments
  1. frunas481

    Slaughter House... This is my dude. Yaowa!! Fuego 🔥🔥

  2. Mario Sanchez

    Let's go Joell

  3. Cody Blaylock

    Breath of fresh air

  4. Samuel Gonzalez

    This was dope

  5. mralfygoal

    Yaowa !! Love and greetings from pdx West Coast! Loves the beast coast !

  6. P-DUBZ duharte6969

    Real hip hop

  7. mrsmukk

    Most underappreciated MC in the game

  8. Kitchywac

    West Coast fucks w this HEAVY!!!! This cats beat selection is FUCKIN IMPECCABLE!!!!!!!!!
    East Side Long Beach Cali Hommie!!

  9. Anthony G

    Real hiphop.

  10. nicholas sanchez

    🔥🔥BROOKLYN 🔥🔥

  11. mike demayo

    Yo idgaf my favorite ny hip hop artist since probably either 50 or nas ortiz's punch lines are fire

  12. Spid3r6

    Joel another head banger with word and verses! Thank you for bringing real hip hop all the way to Austin Texas.

  13. Orange Cones


  14. Alex Alt

    Damn this is nice

  15. kennyrime never heard before Joell Ortiz joint from 2002

  16. Taker

    7k plus likes and only 100 dislikes, even the internet trolls know that this is real OG hip-hop.

  17. Shank Dirty

    98dislikes 🤨.. for what good reason/s??

    stupid haters! 🖕

  18. rickjames21

    Joell been mean with the bars. Ice cold with the metaphors.

  19. frank preston

    Still one of the illest👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  20. zakhele dunjwa

    south africa here we go with ortiz

  21. CAPO

    Cant forget maino

  22. P. SCRILLA

    1/4 of that dangerous group

  23. Sunsere F

    The song is super dope! Joell Ortiz is one of the best but I really want to know who is that sexy and beautiful girl that was in Joell Ortiz's video? Damn she's nice!


    this is why i been fucking wit dude since the first SH joint. one of the best in the game hands down.

  25. Mr. Ez Back

    Imagine if this song was feauturing Dave East and Nore🔥🔥🔥🔥💣💣💣💣 Because I can hear their voice over this fire beat🔥🔥


    Hip Hop always kickin , even through the saturated mainstream real Hip Hop is always breathing . You just have to weed through more trash nowadays but Bars are always out there for the true heads .

  27. Aaron Marshall

    Joell is so underrated. Giving you lyrics and a N.Y perspective of the streets. Real stories.

  28. The Conductor


  29. Derek Fox

    id like it twice if i could

  30. John Brown

    Once Shady always Shady.

  31. Matthew Sanchez

    Man this whole album fucking bang hard!!!!! He gave us a gem this year.. lyrical genius that’s so underrated


    Cool track but I prefer the old joell the brick bodega, and joell ortiz covers the classics...

  33. Ivan Torres

    This dude make me proud to be born and raised in Brooklyn and to be Puerto Rican 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷

    Missme NYC

    Ivan Torres 🙄why?! You aint him or eating off his success..

  34. John Brown


  35. Shìnígamí Jack

    🔥 🔥 🔥

  36. DementedEX

    ....🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥....Shit gave me flashbacks of me in the 89-90’s....

  37. Donald Mitchell

    Hip hop ain't dead yet ....thanks 4 this 1

  38. Tony Jones

    Joell mos def in my top 10

  39. Bas Shariff

    The big homie is always solid!

  40. HipHop Period


  41. Arizona hip hop Drew c Annatkui dogoti

    That song is stupid he sounds like a crack head big pun

  42. Mr. Ez Back

    This ish is yaaaaowwaaaaa🔥🔥🔥 Brooklyn is on fire right now with Joell Ortiz, Masta Ace and Smif N Wessun💣💣💣 2019 is a good year for hip hop😎

  43. Russell Walton

    Give it to ‘me raw and uncut.. music that is... this had me swayin...

  44. Kong TheDragonslayer

    Bars!!! Yao!!!!

  45. Outd0rsman

    This dude is so underrated for a long time...i wish him more success..

  46. MAG R


  47. Dora McDougal

    I love me some him!! 😍

  48. Big Bro'

    Dope 🔥

  49. Twizz The Whiz Kid

    "Too lazy for a 9 to 5, I bought a 9 & got live".

  50. Butterz 88

    Never Ever Disappointed. My Dude

  51. Jason Mays

    Trapping in my Averix 😍😍😍

  52. Arakari Krystalane

    Before HipHop, Joell Ortiz never recycled verses from his Grindmode Cypher to use on TeamBackPack 2 years later...but...oh well. *shrug*

  53. Keith Kingsley

    🔥 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🧠🔥🔥🔥🔥✨✨

  54. MrHakla1


  55. Frank Brown

    Fire as always....Bklyn forever!

  56. reginald holmes


  57. brandon wright


  58. KidD ClouT

    I was crazy fresh
    trapping in my averex
    blue yankee fitted
    above the navy checks

  59. Crazie K!D AnonYmouS

    What tf the woman in this video for?

  60. TheUnknownLyricist

    You brought back memories.

  61. D Par

    Joell has always been ridiculously consistent. And always keeps it tight with the verse. Makes his point chorus or no chorus spits fire then bows out. It's so nice to know what your going to get with him.. I dont want to hear a rapper say uh and yea twenty times in a verse to fill empty space..

  62. carlos climaco

    Straight fire!!!

  63. koreyp360

    It wasn’t all about these verses and words. It was bein first to the curb, from the 1st to the 3rd... it was about, stayin aleart. you see em lurkin we surve... 🔥 bars

  64. RelentlessPedigree

    Dude corny

  65. Bilal Hassan


  66. Bee Dizzle

    This hot thats what NY is not these corny dick riding dudes now of days,LP real niggas know the spot back then for that fire bud.

  67. Metamophisis

    Joell with the hood shit! 🎧💉👂🎼🎵🎶💎⛏🔥💣🔥💣🧨😎 Storytelling the life he actually lived!


    shits fire...wonder who was on the beat?...Mello is a much needed wave fr

  69. Lucid Jackson

    He fell off so hard

  70. InTotalKaos

    Yaowa! Joell stay spitting str8 🔥. Dude always comes with bars.

  71. zmanxb83

    Real Hip Hop!! Yyyyyyaaaaaaooooooo

  72. Craig Mac

    The game miss Joel man where is hype at?

  73. OneLife2Live

    This is that work bro!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥@JoelOrtiz Killen em💪

  74. K Hunigan

    AAAH. The 80’s. Miss it soooo much.Shit was cool AF. Now we doin the 60's again. SMMFH

  75. Gsmack96

    Fire 🔥 🔥!!

  76. Sam Caraballo

    Still the fucking beast fron the east "Yaowa!!!" Porico!!!!

  77. hip2thabone

  78. youngrican07

    Real hip hop here,cool gutter beat nice flow with substance!👍🇵🇷

  79. A.G

    Spit 🔥

  80. Mass Or Die

    I 👀 you 🔥

  81. Fairplay Terrific

    Joell Ortiz Aftermath After The Aftermath Deal Is What It's All About Bodega Chronicles Yes! Yes!

  82. D. Randall 2.0

    Dope Track

  83. Edwin n


  84. Dobby san

    Joell seem like a cool ass dude.

  85. Big Gee Promotions



    Yessssss.... he sat there and remembered the days when we thrived on most minimal cause mi madresita had to figure it ALL out... LEFRAK EAST ELMURST JACKSON HEIGHTS. BIG JERZ......

    Bee Dizzle

    Thats What's up lefrak all day queens we here ny shit

  87. badassdahn

    Refreshing thanks JO

  88. RJ Huggins

    So happy for joell. There is life after slaughterhouse for him.



  90. Christopher S.

    Real HIP-HOP WorD Up

  91. Out Thaway

    My nigga!!

  92. Testos Tyrone

    "MESSAGE!" to somebody...

  93. Smokey McPott


  94. Mello Music Group

    Flava For Ya Ear from the one and only YAOWA!!!

    The Nexus

    @Jobe Jacobs 💯

    Akbarrel Yeshua


    Mello Music Group he’s my favorite artist.. love the 90’s flow ...