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Album Review

While this supergroup represents three different geographical flavors of hip-hop — Joe Budden and Joel Ortiz both from the East, Crooked I from the West, and Royce Da 5'9" coming out of Detroit — their self-titled debut Slaughterhouse brings to mind the fiercest offerings from the N.Y.C. groups Mobb Deep and M.O.P. The album is tough, cold, and relentless to the point that you could call it limited, but unlike the aforementioned duos who act as traditional crews do, Slaughterhouse present their lyrics in a roundtable fashion. These four veteran voices trade lines with old-school open mic hunger, performing in a get-in-get out-and-prove style that comes from years of being underappreciated and mistreated. This means shock value is the thing with "Lyrical Murderers" offering both "Most rappers are comedy gold/They like their boyfriend's sodomy hole" and "I'm ridin' with my daughter in the front/With the AK in the baby's seat." Notice that another boasting track called "Microphone" follows and the redundancy becomes clear, but you wouldn't fault Devin the Dude for putting two weed songs in a row. Slaughterhouse deserve the same forgiveness when it comes to declaring war on the industry, and even if "Cuckoo" shouts "I don't need a hook for this one", tracks like the Bacardi-swingin' "Not Tonight" or the guitar rockin' "The One" show they can create radio worthy monsters without the major-label sellout. Well-chosen guests like Fatman Scoop and Pharoahe Monch increase the thug appeal while earthshaking productions from the Alchemist, DJ Khalil, and Mr. Porter seal the deal.

Customer Reviews

nothing but real

Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9" are all urban lengends and this is what you get when ya team them together nothing but hot lyrics and great beats

Nice!, this is rare

It's rare to hear anything like this these days, I'm really diggin it... better then alot of lollipop raps out now days, Royce Da 5'9 really delivers it on this album. Crooked I reminds us that he's hot and keeping the anticipation for his first solo album. this album is Hot!

I Wasn't Expecting an album this good!

This is definitely one of the best rap albums of the last 4 years. They all go hard, and spit real, not fake lyrics. 100% worth the buy!


Formed: 2008

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When Crooked I (aka KXNG Crooked), Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9" joined Joe Budden on his 2008 mixtape Halfway House, the chemistry on their collaborative track meant "Slaughterhouse" the song would quickly become Slaughterhouse the hip-hop supergroup. Other tracks recorded at their initial meeting bypassed the usual music distribution channels and were leaked to the net, including "Move On," which gave the music press the group's backstory in song. They recorded their debut album in a mere six...
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