August 11th will be the date to mark on every Hip-Hop fans calendar as the super-group known as Slaughterhouse will be dropping their highly anticipated self-titled debut. Hip-Hop album releases have recently received more push-backs than a local barber could possibly give but this one seems concrete.
The movement known as Slaughterhouse first made noise on Joe Budden’s digital release Halfway House in October on the track properly titled, “Slaughterhouse.” Due to the magnitude and immediate chemistry that the four rappers clearly have, they quickly jumped at the idea of forming a lyrical group that would be able to usher in a new day and restore the old school feel of Hip-Hop when it was more than a beat and a hook and actually had substance.
Composed of the lyrical giants known as Joe Budden (New Jersey), Joell Ortiz (New York), Crooked I (California) and Royce Da 5’9 (Michigan), the four-headed monster all have one thing in common: they have been screwed over by the record labels and have yet to receive the proper shine that they all rightly deserve. Along with that they also share the same goal: to show these labels exactly what they left behind.
The lead single is “The One” which has been receiving radio and video play on media outlets such as BET’s The Deal and has been featured on MTV Jams. Detroit MC Royce Da 5’9 recently elaborated with HipHopWired on the concept behind the song.
With our verses we’re using a lot of different people’s names that are big stars in the entertainment business and the rock business. We’re just rocking out, but doing in a clever way on some lyrical s*it. The song is dope; it’s lyrical, kind of funny and the video is dope. It’s real close to being finished and it’s a big look for us. I think it’s something that people don’t think that we can do. I don’t think they think we can make actual songs with structure. They probably just think we are going to just rhyme and have a whole bunch of verses without hooks and do the whole album like that, we can’t sell anybody that because it would be the end of our group quick. I have way bigger plans for the group and so do the rest of the guys. We really think that we can take it there with this situation and show that we are a force to be reckoned with. The “One” joint is just going to actually show people that we can make real records and not poppy, soft records.”
The album currently will have 15 tracks and will feature production by The Alchemist, Streetrunner, DJ Khalil and Denaun Porter of D12 which goes to show that even independent artists can still get nice beats. Featured artists are limited to rappers Pharoahe Monch and Novel.
Speaking with Royce Da 5’9, HipHopWired was able to discover where the road leads after the album drops:
Even after this album, Slaughterhouse is Slaughterhouse. We’re not done with each other for a minute until we prove what we’re trying to prove. We’re going to continue to put our solo projects out and we’re going to continue to do our group albums as long as people want to hear it.”
Everyone get prepared for the Slaughter.