With Mona Lisa dropping later this month, Joell Ortiz and Apollo Brown are back with a third single from their upcoming album.
“It’s a super relatable chill joint. Gotta have a card like this one in every deck,” Apollo Brown told AFH. “I’m pretty sure this was the first song we recorded, so it set an amazing tone for what was to come. Reminiscent thoughts, the feelings of today, and the idea of tomorrow… ain’t no more hungry nights.”
“It’s self-explanatory,” Joell adds. “Just sharing some of my thoughts and feelings with the listeners. This is one of those songs where the pen was sort of moving on its own and I didn’t stop it. Feels melancholic yet triumphant.”
From the kitchen and block to the booth and beyond, Joell looks back at defining moments of his life while addressing the current state of the music industry and breaking down his current path. The song also finds Joell touching on the dismemberment of Slaughterhouse and how he’ll miss the time with his brothers.
“I ain’t gonna lie, a lot of this is hard to take / I’m watching them praise the okay and overlook the great / I’m not saying that they ain’t straight / I’m just saying that…never mind, no matter what, they gonna turn this sh*t into hate / So, f*ck it, let it alone / Headphones, dead in a zone / Like Rick and Michonne / I’m feeling better on my own / Took a sec for me to accept that next time I’m on the road / Won’t be no Crook, won’t be no Royce, won’t be no Joe.”
Press play on “Reflection” and be sure to pick up Mona Lisa on October 26th. Like I said last post, it’s an amazing body of work and I’m pretty much positive I’ll be including it in my Top 10 of the year.