After nearly six months of delays, Brooklyn emcee and Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz‘ sophomore album, Free Agent is now expected for release on November 9. Online retailers, including CDUniverse.com, have posted this date to an album that was originally scheduled for spring release.
Free Agent has been previously reported to feature production from DJ Premier, DJ Khalil, Lil Fame and others, with vocal guests ranging from Talib Kweli and Brother Ali to Bun B and The L.O.X.
Last week, Ortiz released a free EP, Farewell Summer .
Speaking of The L.O.X., Sheek Louch‘s Donny G reportedly has plans for a December 7 release, says RapRadar.com. This will be the Yonkers emcee’s first venture with Def Jam Records, after joining bandmate Jadakiss there earlier this year.
Los Angeles/San Diego, California trio Strong Arm Steady is readying their major label debut. Krondon, Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick have been signed to Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith Music for over three years, and after many delays, Arms & Hammers is reportedly planned for February 1, 2011.
Earlier this year, Krondon and Phil teamed with acclaimed Oxnard, California producer Madlib to release In Search of Stoney Jackson on Stones Throw Records. (September 18)
UPDATE: E1 Entertainment has just stated that Joell Ortiz’ Free Agent is officially planned for November 30 release.