Joe Ness – Ellipsis
Joe Ness has done shows in and around the city including Downtown Brooklyn College fest alongside Action Bronson, Joey Badass, Biz Markie and Pusha T. He has performed at Play Lounge in Queens and the Trash Bar in Williamsburg. Joe Ness has also ranked as high as #1 on Reverbnation for Hip Hop artists in his area. He has also appeared on WSHH twice in the past few years. He has dropped two successful mix tapes on Datpiff so far. The first titled “Off The Bench” debuted in 2012 and had a few thousand downloads within the first couple of months. The second mix tape titled “Flight Class” was widely received and went silver with almost 100,000 views and 55,000 downloads. He refuses not to be heard. His slick bars and stomach rumbling metaphors are what he will use to get himself into the ears of true music lovers. On his latest, “Ellipsis,” he goes all the way live. This young lyric slinger is not new to the game, he’s been at it since and early age, and the album reflects it from start to finish. Make no mistake about it, this is some wild street rap balanced with mild touches to keep it as widely appealing as possible. The language is sharp and witty, harsh and light at all the right point in these well flowing tracks. He has fun with Swag Drippin’ which will have you luaghin’ your lips off. You can dance or kick back to all of the tunes on offer here. My favorite track is Sneaker Box, but I also really enjoy Pilot and Got Dam. I’ve always been more into soul and r&b than hip hop and rap, but Ness manages to know just how to blend them and mix them up right. Most of the influences to be found center around icons like B.I.G , Eminem, Jay-Z, but there is ultimately no mistaking his own east coast heavy style. At the end of the day, “Ellipsis” is the first stepping stone on his trail to come, and it might be the first we’ve heard of him, but it won’t be the last, as things are looking good in Brooklyn, and Joe’s bringing it on. But to be more perfectly honest, this should be more widely released, across the pond and back, because hip hop is not just for New York and L.A., it’s loved all over the world.