Emanny - Miss Me ft. Joe Budden (SLV)

Emanny returns just in time for the summer with this new song from his upcoming project Songs About HER 2. Enlisting fellow SLV member Joe Budden, these two once again collaborate to make a great summertime R&B track that has some very slick production.

Miss Me takes very subtle elements from Drake’s Miss Me track from his début LP, but that’s where the similarities end with Emanny making this track very much his own. Joe Budden provides a verse where Joe addresses some of the turmoil we saw from his stint on reality show Love & Hip Hop involving ex flame Tahiry, which adds some great depth to an already very well structured track.

No release date for Songs About HER 2 just yet, but I expect it to be just as well received as Emanny’s previous project. You can listen to and download Miss Me below.

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Joe Budden - Castles [Video]

New visuals for a track from Joe Budden’s latest album, No Love Lost. Castles is a song about about Joe’s slightly more fame-filled life over the last year or two. It’s something he touched on in the track Momma Said (which is from his A Loose Quarter mixtape), where he talks about his mother checking him for allowing so many people, who are taking advantage of him, in his home.

Castles is one of the slower, introspective tracks from No Love Lost with some sombre production attached to the vocals, vocals which display some great wordplay on show as he talks us through the people in his life who’ve been counter-productive to his well being.

Budden also uses the video to showcase a new clothing range he’s associated with, which you can cop from here.

You can grab his album No Love Lost right now from iTunes.

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Joe Budden - A Loose Quarter [Mixtape]

Joe Budden had been teasing fans with an upcoming announcement, alluding to retirement. Budden fans will be pleased to hear that it turns out the big announcement was him releasing his new mixtape three days earlier than expected!

On first impressions the production’s good, the lyricism even better. Listen below or go download it here now.

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Joe Budden - She Don't Put It Down Like You ft. Lil' Wayne & Tank

Joe Budden releases the first drop from his upcoming A Loose Quarter mixtape. Now, if you follow him on Twitter, you’ll know there’s not much drama going on in his life for once, he’s just loved up. Given the nature of his music, this will reflect itself in the music he puts out and this is a prime example. This is a commercial sounding hip-hop/R&B hybrid that’d sound great in the club, and getting Lil’ Wayne as feature (who actually sounds like his old self on this!) is a pretty good measure of Joey’s buzz in the industry. Those worried Budden’s quality of music would deteriorate given his happy mindset need not fear, the beat on this is great – I’ve always wondered why he didn’t venture into this territory more often, he showed several years ago with his classic Marques Houston feature that he’s more than capable. Download below.

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Emanny ft. Joe Budden - I Messed Up [Video]

Here’s the official video to a recent collaboration between Emanny and Joe Budden (this duo have made a fair few songs together and it’s a combination I’m liking!). Not usually one for R&B but I’ve been really impressed with Emanny over the past year or so, he manages to sing about women without sounding whiny, which is a rarity.

The Joe Budden feature is pretty good too, a lot more chilled out than we’re used to from him which suits this song very well. This is a track off his mixtape, Songs About Her, which you can download for free by clicking here.

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Slaughterhouse - To the Fans

A somewhat nicer video from Slaughterhouse for their fans than the previous one

My personal thoughts on Our House? I don’t love it, but I certainly like it. Combine it with the mixtape Slaughterhouse also released and you have around two dozen tracks to enjoy from one of the best hip hop groups in the industry right now, ain’t nothing to complain about there.

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Joe Budden - Quality of Life [Video]

And some more Joe Budden.

Here’s a short video he uploaded to his YouTube channel, of a track he let loose a short while back.

The video itself is very regular life, as Joe shows us inside his inner circle having a nice time out bowling, which fits in well with the chilled out nature of the song (a song laced with some very nice quotables).

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Joe Budden Explains Why Slaughterhouse Album Is “Commercial”

Joe Budden talks about the difference between Slaughterhouse’s latest album and their recent mixtape, in true Budden nature.

Really not much to say on this, (other than I enjoyed both the tape and the album!) just watch it. Oh, Royce’s reaction to Joey’s rant kills me:

“You a f*****g d**k!”


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Slaughterhouse - Goodbye ft. Fat Joe [Chris Lighty Tribute Remix]

Fat Joe jumps on the remix to deliver a personal tribute to Chris Lighty, who sadly took his own life recently. As many of you know, Chris was a man who was responsible for the success for a huge number artists in the hip hop biz.

Goodbye was one of my faves from Slaughterhouse’s recent album and is a perfect track to use for a tribute like this, it’s just such a very relatable track. Joell Ortiz delivers a new verse for Chris Lighty as well. Listen below and/or download here.

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Slaughterhouse - On The House [Mixtape]

Slaughterhouse finally release this much anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama!

Serving as a warm-up for their début album under Shady records (dropping August 28th) the four-headed monster have released this tape to placate us Slaughterhouse stans. You can download from here, or stream below.

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Slaughterhouse-Truth or Truth

One more from the upcoming On the House mixtape, and if you thought the last drop from the tape involved lots of rapping, you’re in for plenty more.

Coming in at over 14 minutes, this marks their longest track to date and possibly one of their best. Royce opens up with an honest verse that comments on a plethora of rap topics, before moving to more aggression. Budden’s up next, and given that introspection is his forte, he delivers the standout verse, bringing a good dose of emotion and openness on a range of topics. Crooked I follows up with a healthy dose of intensity and energy, and though it lacks the personal feel of the two prior, it’s still an enjoyable verse for sure, and the intimate detail is back for Joell’s verse, as he discusses his family and more in one of his most reflective verses to date. The soulful production helps embellish the group thought pouring, and the combination makes for one of their most meaningful songs to date. Hip-hop excellence, and that’s not to be debated.

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Slaughterhouse - Goodbye

As we’re nearing the release of the much anticipated major label début from Slaughterhouse on Eminem’s revamped Shady Records, a few tracks are starting to drop. Some of those will feature on a mixtape that’s dropping tomorrow I believe, this track, I’m pleased to hear, will be on the album.

As awesome as their last album (independently released a few years back) was, it caught a little flack for being too much about lyrically obliterating beats, and not enough introspective songs that some of the members (Joe Budden specifically) are famous for. This cut, Goodbye, should usher those critics away. Listen below now if you ever wondered why we at OTU love this group.

Slaughterhouse – Goodbye

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Slaughterhouse's Complex Feelings

Complex, ever a fan of lists, released one for the 30 Best Rappers in their 30s recently, and stepping away from decimating microphones for a minute, the Slaughterhouse quartet vented their opinions on the list in seperate interviews with Complex.

As you’d expect from this bunch, the results are pretty hilarious. Only Budden (24th) and Royce (20th) made the list, and the fallout from each artist is worth a watch. Budden is as sex-driven as ever, whilst Royce’s foolishness knows no bounds, including the ‘realisation’ that he’s the ’3rd best rapper from Detroit’. A very amusing watch, and it’s always good for fans to see this quartet showing their characters-if you’ve not been to one of their live shows, this is definitely a good insight.

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Slaughterhouse-See Dead People

Joe Budden treated us to a brief preview of this track just under a week ago, and we’re now gifted the entire 8-minute hip-hop assault, pre-empting that On the House mixtape due to drop any day now.

The production is urgent, ominous and intense; essentially, everything you’d expect from a good Slaughterhouse track. Royce opens with a nice mix of aggression and arrogance, packing it into a stop-start flow that adds emphasis well, before Crooked I comes through with a verse based around the paranormal/psychological song title that deserves much credit for sticking to the theme throughout. Joell’s up next with a quickfire flow that switches to a spoken word style at times, displaying Ortiz’s sheer confidence on the mic, and Budden closes things out in a similar manner to Crook, mixing psychological, horror and otherworldly themes into what is probably the longest verse of the track. I’d probably crown it the highlight verse too, though it’s a pretty tough choice-this is classic Slaughterhouse, rapping strong and long just because they can.

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Slaughterhouse announce On The House and preview See Dead People

Less than a minute long but there’s enough in here to keep the hip-hop heads happy. The fearsome foursome recently announced a mixtape to drop before their Welcome to Our House album does, and coming out of this video is the clever title (but no release date sadly) for the tape, On The House.

There’s a little preview of See Dead People too, a track from the aforementioned mixtape, with the beat playing throughout the video and a very quick glimpse at the raps at the very beginning of the video. Not much else to glean from this short clip, but fully expect more news and music to break soon in support of both projects.

Sidenote: I’m begging for them to take on some of the beats from the Joey Bada$$ mixtape for theirs. Stop salivating on your keyboard.

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Slaughterhouse-Weight Scale (Nasty Freestyle)

A double dose of good news, as not only have we got some new Slaughterhouse but the track is taken from an upcoming mixtape, set to be released before their album is on 28th August. Logical timing suggests that’ll drop early August, meaning we’re in for weeks of listening to Slaughterhouse tear down others’ beats before their own album drops. Awesome.

Crooked I dropped his own freestyle on this beat last year, and the other SH members have their turn with a great set of verses that really revitalises this production. Royce opens up, delivering some slick raps packaged into a high-paced flow before Crook steps in for round 2 with Nasty, bringing his own rapid fire style with a healthy dose of aggression. Joell comes in at 3rd with, you guessed it, another speedy set of raps before Budden does the same but with his typically cool, laidback gloss smothered on top. An excellent remix of the track, and four verses that would each be the highlight of any other track they were placed on.

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Slaughterhouse-My Life Video ft. Cee-Lo

Being Slaughterhouse’s most uplifting and feelgood song to date, many SH fans really didn’t take to this track on its release some time ago. I wasn’t one of those fans to be honest, and to me it was refreshing to hear some positivity from four talented rappers who’ve toiled away in the underground for the last decade, and are now finally getting their due.

The motivational Cee-Lo hook anchors this one, and again whilst its pop styling might not be to everyone’s taste, his powerful vocals are the best possible choice for a celebratory track. The raps are solid throughout, with a nice mix of biographical ‘come-up’ raps and a little braggadociosness, and whilst its not full of their typically aggressive, cutting raps, the flows are still strong from each member.

The video opens with an amusing Eminem feature, before launching into the energetic scenes with the Slaughterhouse quartet. Stylistically, there’s nothing here we haven’t seen before, and hence its an easy watch that fits in with the lively audio well, giving the rappers’ lighter side some much-needed video time. Their most mainstream-ready song to date, and one that hip-hop fans should still enjoy. Grab this on iTunes now.

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Slaughterhouse-Westwood Freestyle

The Slaughterhouse boys are at it again. It’s always a pleasure to see these guys come through with some freestyle work, and here they stop by at Westwood’s place whilst on their European tour to fire some bars off on Stay Schemin’, I Don’t Like, and I’m A Boss. It’s a selection of beats that most mainstream heads will be familiar with, and hence it’s great to hear the Slaughterhouse machine get their hands on them.

Whilst some of the bars are recycled from previous verses (I definitely recognised bits of Royce and Budden’s verses), the performances are still enjoyable enough throughout with some tidy flows and solid wordplay. Joell probably takes the win, purely because it’s clear most of his bars are pretty much improvised (unless he’s previously made a Nando’s reference?), though props to Crooked I for his fantastic, albeit short, flow for his section.

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Slaughterhouse-Hammer Dance Video

The Slaughterhouse machine is in full motion, and here goes the first video from their upcoming Welcome To Our House album. Hammer Dance is exactly the type of pulsating, driven hip-hop that fans expect from the foursome, and having given it some serious playtime upon the track’s emergence a little while back, the video release makes for a timely refresh of the track.

Opening with live footage that really sets the video off with some considerable energy, the video switches between a mixture of clips from live shows, backstage footage with several big name cameos (including some genuinely surprising ones), and some regular footage of each rapper performing their respective verse. It’s an uncomplicated, no frills video that pretty much nails the basic no-nonsense element of Slaughterhouse as a result, and is most definitely worth a watch for the hip-hop heads amongst you.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 143

After a few weeks away, R&B Fridays is back and swollen with star quality for this week’s edition. Of course, in keeping with tradition, it’s also released on a Sunday. Nice to be back into routine eh?

Not too much to catch up on in terms of related audio posts, but there are a few videos that’ll interest the R&BF crowd, including Rita Ora’s debut visual, Preeya Kalidas’ latest effort, and a couple of new clips from Drake’s Take Care. Head on below to compliment that visual feast with some audio refreshment.
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Slaughterhouse-Hammer Dance

Welcome To Our House is coming on May 15th, and the Slaughterhouse juggernaut precede that with this entertaining slice of hip-hop. They’ve been relatively active recently with a couple of freestyles (here and here), and now we’re treated to some original material to really set things off.

A thumping, heavy-hitter of a production sets things off from the get-go, with a powerful percussion accompanied by a screechy melody that adds the aggressiveness and intensity associated with the quartet. The raps are as enjoyable as ever, with a strong set of verses anchored around a simple yet catchy hook that gives this track the all-round feel some of their material is often accused of lacking. Definitely worth a grab, and I’m looking forward to more new works from the foursome.

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Slaughterhouse-She Will Freestyle

After coming together for an effort from Crooked I’s upcoming mixtape, the Slaughterhouse machine come together once again for a somewhat late remix of Lil’ Wayne and Drake once-ubiquitous She Will.

Late or not however, the moody, intense production is an excellent fit for every member of the collective (it’s a shame Royce isn’t on this), and as per they deliver their side of the bargain with a great output throughout; Budden and Ortiz even take on the hook with ease! Crooked I probably grabs the win with a variety of good flows on his verse, but credit goes to all three as they’ve injected that Slaughterhouse power into the track without losing the essence of the original.

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Slaughterhouse - Monsters in My Head

Slaughterhouse return with some raps over a throwaway track from The Game. Would have preferred for them to hit us with some fresh production, but given their relative inactivity I won’t complain!

Something I think the group should be attempting to do more of is introspective type tracks, it’s something that individually they’re all so brilliant at, and it comes as a bit of a surprise that they haven’t done more of it as a group. This song is one that is more of that fashion, though they don’t really pull it off as well as I’d expect.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 138

Fridays were always overrated anyway.

Four posts to catch up on from the last week: Usher hooked up with Diplo for an enjoyable return to the spotlight, Ed Sheeran and Yelawolf came together for a free 4-track EP, Raheem DeVaughn made many folks’ Valentine’s Day with a new mixtape, and finally we were treated to an excellent slowed-down remix of Drake and The Weeknd’s Crew Love.

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Joe Budden - Stay Schemin' (Freestyle)

Joey follows through on his promise to take on this much liked track by Ross, Drake and Montana. Listen on and download below if you want to hear some proper lyricism on this sweet, sweet, production.

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Joe Budden - No Church in the Wild (Remix)

Something new from the strangely quiet Joe Budden. A much welcomed lyrical affair implemented on a great instrumental from Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne, with nothing particularly controversial rapped about by Joey, which is unusually refreshing. Definitely prefer this to the verses on the original; download below.

Joe Budden – No Church in the Wild (remix)

The four-man collective that Joey’s a part of, Slaughterhouse, have announced that their major label début album will be released on May the 15th! With a nationwide American tour also scheduled around the time. We need Slaughterhouse to perform in the UK soon!

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R&B Fridays: Episode 131

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R&B Fridays: Episode 126

A quiet week on the R&B/pop scene (or rather, the ‘worth checking out’ section), with no posts of note to catch up on aside from the album review of Drake’s Take Care.

Pretty much exclusively fresh, upcoming artists this week though regular readers will be familiar with almost all those involved. Click below for this week’s handcrafted, lovingly-selected musical provisions.

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Yelawolf, T.I. and Slaughterhouse-Hard White Remix

Reuniting 5/6 of the rappers who obliterated the recent BET Cyphers, Yela grabs his Slaughterhouse labelmates and grabs a pretty solid substitute for Eminem in T.I. for a remix of his single from the Radioactive album.

The hard-hitting beat keeps things simple yet engaging, with a crashing percussion and hypnotising vocal sample set to a tempo perfect for the high-octane, densely-packed verses each of these rappers can provide. None of them disappoint either: T.I. opens with a laidback verse that switches speeds throughout and bounces off the percussion nicely, Yela follows up with a hushed verse that throws a few different flows into the mix effectively, whilst the Slaughterhouse quartet close the track out with four absolutely blistering, dizzying verses. An excellent effort that hip-hop heads will be replaying for quite some time.

Yelawolf-Hard White Remix ft. T.I. and Slaughterhouse

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