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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

I'm calling out all those people that rides that whole "hiphop is dead". Buy this ALBUM

I'm calling out all those people that rides that whole "hiphop is dead" and then they run into their basement and download albums, not supporting their favourite artists. You are not hiphop if you do that ish. I'm calling you out. This is your chance to help bring lyrics back to the mainstream. buy Slaughterhouse Album. The group has the talents, chemistry, charisma, passion, you name it, They could pull this off. But we need you people to buy this album.

must buy,,, for the collection!

i bought the physical,,, not alot of artwork to gaze over,, and the thanks yous are basic,,, not lots to read,, but the music,,, wow! this album has such a classic feel to it,,, really really worth the money! 4 guys that put in serious work, and take the passion to a another level! NO GIMMICKS! buy 2 for hiphop

Oxygen For Hip Hop Emphysema

'bout time somebody, or in this case a crew, came together and made an album that represents the art of hip hop... If you are into super lyrical...look no further. They are all great rappers, and this album brings them together to prove they can create good songs. Backed by dope production these cats shred apart tracks...Crooked I imparticular. Never heard his mixtapes, but I am certainly going to search them out after hearing this MC; and make no mistake this is a true MC at work, spit like every verse brings him closer to immortality.....and thats the best way to describe this album. Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce 5'9" & Crooked I, want to make a mark and create a great album, that will unfortunately flop in the stores, but will stand the test of time in the eyes of true hip hop fans, and thats whats important to these cats. And hip hop is better for it......a must have.


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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