Joell Ortiz On Dedicating The Big K.R.I.T.-Produced "Learn You" Song To His Sons

Mellow Music Group will be releasing Joell Ortiz's next album, Monday, on August 30. The LP features production from Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Heatmakerz, and others.

"I’m back to work. Monday is the start of the week. The grind!” says Joell. “Working people normally dread Mondays. Not me though; I embrace them! Feels like another opportunity. Another chance. The beginning of what’s ahead. On Monday, I talk about life. Old me, new me, and the guy that next Mondaymay introduce to you all."

The first offering from the project is a track titled "Learn You." Joell Ortiz recruited Big K.R.I.T. to produce the beat and provide a chorus for the single. "Learn You" is dedicated to the New York emcee's sons.

"Working with K.R.I.T. was super dope! We basically had long conversations over the phone about life and human things for about a week or so before we even talked about music. Just vibing. 'Learn You' was basically one of those convos turned audio," explains Ortiz.

He adds, “We talked about how the sacrifices we make to chase dreams are heavy. [Big K.R.I.T.'s] production and choice of words in that hook made me tell my sons I’m sorry for the first time in my life. Hope y’all enjoy this song as much as I do."