Free Agent (album)

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Free Agent
Free Agent cover.jpg
Studio album by Joell Ortiz
Released February 22, 2011
Recorded 2008–2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 46:36
Label E1 Music
Producer Frank Dukes, Sean C & LV, Knobody, DJ Premier, Kenny Dope, The Audible Doctor, Just Blaze, Nottz, Novel, Frequency, Anna Yvette, Large Professor, Broadway, DJ Khalil, Yuri Zwadiuk
Joell Ortiz chronology
The Brick: Bodega Chronicles
(2007)
Free Agent
(2011)
House Slippers
(2014)
Singles from Free Agent
  1. "Call Me (She Said)"
    Released: February 9, 2010
  2. "So Hard"
    Released: January 18, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
DJ Booth 3.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars[2]
RapReviews (8/10)[3]
Spin (7/10)[4]

Free Agent is the second studio album by American rapper Joell Ortiz. It was released on February 22, 2011, through E1 Music in the United States after being pushed back. It is the follow-up to his previous album The Brick: Bodega Chronicles (2007).

The album had leaked on the internet 3 months early via Amazon.com, but was later taken down.[5] Joell Ortiz was trying to be released from E1, formally Koch Records, to sign to Shady Records as part of the super group Slaughterhouse. On November 4, 2010 Joell stated through his Twitter account that he was off of E1 Music, but Free Agent was still released through the label. The album features production from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Knobody, DJ Khalil, Sean C & LV, Mr. 187, Broadway, Dookie Fingazz, Nottz, Frank Dukes and Yuri Zwadiuk. Guests are The Lox, Just Blaze, Dookie Fingazz.

Commercial reception[edit]

The album debuted at #173 on the Billboard 200 with 4,000 copies sold in its first week released.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s)[7] Length
1. "Intro" Frank Dukes 1:57
2. "Put Some Money on It" (featuring The LOX) Sean C & LV 2:29
3. "Killed for Less" (Intro)   0:19
4. "One Shot (Killed for Less)" (featuring Fat Joe) Knobody 3:53
5. "Sing Like Bilal" DJ Premier 2:30
6. "Finish What You Start" (featuring Royce da 5'9") Kenny Dope 3:16
7. "Battle Cry" (featuring Just Blaze) Just Blaze, The Audible Doctor 5:04
8. "Nursery Rhyme" Nottz 3:10
9. "Phone" (Skit)   0:31
10. "Call Me (She Said)" (featuring Novel) Novel, Frequency 4:08
11. "So Hard" (featuring Anna Yvette) Frequency, Anna Yvette 3:21
12. "Oh!" (featuring Iffy) Large Professor 4:06
13. "Checkin for You" (Skit)   0:19
14. "Checkin for You" (performed by Sebastian Rios) Frank Dukes, Yuri Zwadiuk 3:56
15. "Good Man Is Gone" Broadway 4:01
16. "Cocaine" DJ Khalil 3:36
17. "Incredible (iTunes Bonus Track)" (featuring Barrington Levy) The Audible Doctor 3:48

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 173
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 33
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[10] 15
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[11] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slavik, Nathan. "Free Agent - Joell Ortiz Album Review". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  2. ^ Paine, Jake (2011-02-22). "Joell Ortiz - Free Agent". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Joell Ortiz :: Free Agent :: E1 Music". Rapreviews.com. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  4. ^ Brown, Harley. "Joell Ortiz, 'Free Agent' (E One)". SPIN. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  5. ^ Dec 1st 2010 2:45PM by Carter Maness Comments (2010-12-01). "Joell Ortiz Album Leaked 3 Months Early Via Amazon". The Boombox. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  6. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (2011-03-02). "Kanye West Regains His Spot, Rihanna Hits A Milli, Joell Ortiz Brings Slaughter To The Chart". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  7. ^ "Free Agent: Joell Ortiz: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Joell Ortiz – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Joell Ortiz. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Joell Ortiz – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Joell Ortiz. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Joell Ortiz – Chart history" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Joell Ortiz. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Joell Ortiz – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Joell Ortiz. Retrieved December 20, 2014.