Slaughterhouse (Bonus Track Version) by Slaughterhouse on Apple Music

18 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slaughterhouse is a rap supergroup comprised of four of hip-hop’s most respected but perennially overlooked MCs. At different points over the past ten years, Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9” have been poised to break through, but mass recognition has evaded them every time. They wisely decided to join forces, and the group’s eponymous debut upholds a branch of East Coast rhyme science that has been almost entirely obscured by the dominance of the Dirty South. While groups like Wu-Tang have stayed relevant by adhering to a signature sonic scheme, Slaughterhouse is strictly about the lyrics and the attitude. Like a basketball team that chooses to stick with the time-honored tactics of good plays and fundamentals, the album is both an exhibit of awesome skill and a manifesto from a group of men with serious chips on their shoulders. The key track is the roiling “Salute,” which features verses that act as resumes — or memorials — delivered over an instrumental of weeping funk.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Slaughterhouse is a rap supergroup comprised of four of hip-hop’s most respected but perennially overlooked MCs. At different points over the past ten years, Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9” have been poised to break through, but mass recognition has evaded them every time. They wisely decided to join forces, and the group’s eponymous debut upholds a branch of East Coast rhyme science that has been almost entirely obscured by the dominance of the Dirty South. While groups like Wu-Tang have stayed relevant by adhering to a signature sonic scheme, Slaughterhouse is strictly about the lyrics and the attitude. Like a basketball team that chooses to stick with the time-honored tactics of good plays and fundamentals, the album is both an exhibit of awesome skill and a manifesto from a group of men with serious chips on their shoulders. The key track is the roiling “Salute,” which features verses that act as resumes — or memorials — delivered over an instrumental of weeping funk.

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4:06
4:44
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3:39
1:25
4:32
1:00
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4:33
3:55
4:45
5:02
4:11
4:42
4:32
3:37

About Slaughterhouse

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 days, signed to the E1 label, and released their self-titled debut in 2009. Due to sample clearance issues, the final product did not include the promised single "Woodstock," but in keeping with the group's alternative marketing plan, it was released via Budden's Twitter account. In 2012, they took on the industry from the inside, releasing the Welcome to Our House album on major-label Shady/Interscope with Cee-Lo Green, Eminem, and Skylar Grey among their guests. ~ David Jeffries

  • FORMED
    2008

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