Joell Ortiz Doc Screens at New York Latino Film Festival
Brooklyn rapper Joell Ortiz is the star of a new documentary, screening at the 11th annual New York International Latino Film Festival today.
The film, entitled ‘Joell Ortiz: Free Agent,’ covers a tumultuous period of the Slaughterhouse rapper’s career, beginning with his big break, his signing to Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath Records, and continuing until he left the label two years ago, after his album was shelved.
“After the Aftermath situation, I could’ve went down hill from there,” Ortiz told ‘XXL’ magazine. “It was very discouraging as a kid to get a record deal at a huge label with a huge super producer, get there and it doesn’t happen. I had haters and [a] whole bunch of people like, ‘See I told you,’ and a whole bunch of other people just like, ‘It just wasn’t meant to be,’ and then there was me, and a crew that was like, ‘It didn’t work, OK.’”
Check out a clip from the doc after the jump.
“I want the documentary to inspire everybody and let them know it’s not over because everybody else say it’s over,” he said of the 43-minute documentary “You can be any place you want if you really work at it, because it’s the truth and that’s that.”
The film, which was directed by ICU Lab, features interviews with Ortiz’s Slaughterhouse groupmates Joe Budden and Royce da 5’9″, as well as rap heavywheights like Nas, 50 Cent, Fat Joe, KRS-One and DJ Kay Slay.
‘Joell Ortiz: Free Agent’ screens tonight at 9 PM at Clear View Cinemas. For more info, or to purchase tickets, click here.