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Slaughterhouse [Explicit]

Slaughterhouse [Explicit]

August 11, 2009
4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
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Early in 2009, hip hop fans were treated with the concept of a supergroup consisting of four lyrical visionaries assembled together that had folks salivating before they even made any music. Slaughterhouse was to consist of four rappers from across the map that not only had phenomenal talent in common, but were also each the product of label trouble and each had somewhat of a cult following. Jersey City's Joe Budden, finally free of the Def Jam purgatory that resulted in one hit and years of stalemate, has emerged as an underground favorite with his emotional mixtape series "Mood Muzik" and the following releases, as well as a source of drama for anyone who follows his online media. Long Beach's Crooked I, a West Coast heavyweight from the days of Death Row, has garnered huge acclaim even without an album to his credit. Brooklynite Joell Ortiz is still labeled an up-and-comer after a deal fell through with Dr. Dre and is often likened to a modern Big Pun. Perhaps the most accomplished music-wise, Detroit's Royce da 5'9" hit the scene a decade ago with Eminem and DJ Premier's backing, but has remained an independent artist for each of his albums. It's an understatement to say these guys have a chip on their shoulder, but Slaughterhouse is a rap fan's dream, uniting three super-lyrical hardcore street rhymers. Solo releases from each of the four are enough to warrant huge anticipation, so a group project was obviously the story of 2009.

Slaughterhouse set to release their self-titled LP independently, using the internet for the bulk of their promotion by leaking tracks and stirring controversy such as through Budden's video blogs. On a personal note, I attended their first headlining show which was absolutely phenomenal.
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the disc I bought on here was a bootleg from some seller in NY. Second half of the disc has noticeable and annoying audio problems. This prevented me from listening to it multiple times to get a good feel for it.
But, the stuff I heard didn't blow me away.
I'm sure the new Slaughterhouse/Shady album will be killer with Marshall Mathers to direct these obviously talented but still green artists to new heights
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Usually when you get 4 well-known (at least in the underground circuit) and highly talented rappers and try to put them together in a group, ego's clash and material lacks, not the case here. I don't know which one of them came up with the idea, but thank God they did. You get 4 ridiculously nice lyricists all put together in a group, and they shine and turn out a classic album. You have Royce da 5'9" who came on around 10 yrs. ago with Eminem and has put out 7 albums independently since 2002. Joe Budden came on the scene in the early 2000's and got screwed over by Def Jam with follow up albums, and has put out 6 albums/mixtapes since 2003. Crooked I came around in the late 90's under the Death Row label and got screwed over with his albums and has since put out a few mixtapes over the years. Joell Ortiz came in 2001 with Kool G Rap and finally dropped an album in 2007. I'd say 90% of the albums they all have put out are 4.5 or 5 star albums. This one has 12 songs, all of which have all 4 member son them. You get 1 classic, 3 near classics, 2 ok songs, the otehr 6 are good and mosty real good songs. Guests are on 5 songs, but only do the hooks. Production is nice as well, Kon Artis, Streetrunner, Emile all do 2 songs (very nciely as well), DJ Khalil also does 2 (the 2 worst on here). The Real Focus, Alchemist, Filthy Rockwell, and Aiko Rhod all do 1 song. A must have album to have from 4 great lyricists that should have much more recognition.

#1 - 8.5 (good beat)
#2 - 9 (f/ Kay Young -- good beat)
#3 - 9.5 (great beat)
#4 - 9 (nice upbeat track)
#5 - 8 (f/ New Royales -- rock & roll beat)
#7 - 7 (annoying beat)
#9 - 10 (CLASSIC -- great beat)
#11 - 8.5 (f/ Pharoahe Monch)
#12 - 9.5 (deep song with tight beat)
#13 - 8.
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Supergroups are not common in hip hop. They are rumored all the time (Kanye, Pharrell and Common-Jay Z, Biggie & NaS-Lil'Wayne, T-Pain & Drake) but none have formed. Now there's "Slaughterhouse", a group of 4 lyrical heavyweights with mediocre success trying to reach higher ground. If your reading this review, you probably already know the members of the "Slaughterhouse" crew. But for those that don't let me give a little background:

Royce Da 5'9, from Detroit, was a promising lyricist on Eminem's crew back in '99. He spent a few years beefing with D 12, he had a few okay mixtapes and independent albums but no major label releases since 2002. He has also ghostwritten for Diddy and Dr. Dre. Crooked I was supposed to be the future of Death Row Records after Dre, Snoop and the Dogg Pound left. But he stayed on the sinking boat too long and got caught up. He had 2 unreleased albums and now owns his own label Dynasty Entertainment. Joell Ortiz was one of the rappers who was supposed to put New York back on the map. He had several mixtapes that led to a rumored signing with Aftermath Records. And the most successful out the crew is New Jersey's Joe Budden who had a Top 10 single in 2003 and a contract with Def Jam. He had a well publicized feud with label mate Jay-Z which led to him being let go. With little success since, he has been doing mixtapes and calling out big time rappers like 50 Cent and NaS just to stay relevant in the hip hop world.

Sometimes when you get lyricist together on one album the production dosen't keep up. But here the beats are solid. "Cukoo" is a perfect example of the perfect beat that sets up great lyrics."Sound Off" is a good lead off where Royce breaks down everybody's role. "Salute" brings back one of the greatest underground lyricist Pharoahe Monch.
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