Who Responded To Kendrick Lamar's Verse on Control?

Kendrick+Lamar+KendrickLamarLuxVieDeLuxe
Hip-hop woke up. After several months of relative stagnancy and few highlights in the mainstream scene (underground heads, put your picket signs away), Kendrick’s inflammatory verse on Big Sean’s Control not only got most music fans talking, but also provoked precisely the sort of response he would have wanted from his rapping peers.

Many responded via Twitter, video or other means, and though none of those who were namechecked have taken to the studio to put out a response, several others have taken up the baton and either delivered a worthwhile response or used the opportunity to get a little bit of media coverage. The latter statement isn’t meant disrespectfully either- hip-hop is about as prominent in ‘water cooler’ and social media discussions as it has been in a rather long time, and it’s a great chance for some acts to get their names out to a wider audience. It’s tough to be mad at that opportunism.

The dust is beginning to settle, and though there’s bound to be several other rappers who are preparing responses (Joe Budden for one), now seems a good time to offer a quick recap on those who’ve offered musical replies to Kendrick’s barbed bars. Head below for a collection of the releases thus far (in no order). → Continue Reading

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Joell Ortiz-Control Freestyle

joell ortiz
Let the competition begin. Unless you’ve been buried in a grave for the last day, you’ll know Kendrick Lamar has pretty much set the entire internet on fire with his combative verse on Big Sean’s Control, to such an extent that the rare Jay Electronica appearance got mostly overlooked.

Arguably the most inflammatory statement (in the spirit of competition, of course) was Kendrick declaration that he’s ‘the king of NY’, despite his California origin, a proclamation that provoked several interesting responses and observations on Twitter from his rap peers. Talk is easy and talk is cheap: Joell takes action with the first response to Lamar’s verse, representing both his NY heritage and his Slaughterhouse team. In the vein of the original it’s not about personal attacks, and rather about expressing a sense of general frustration, as Joell takes aim at mainstream hip-hop and a few of its incumbents, including a couple of thinly-veiled jabs at some of his hip-hop colleagues. It moves away from the directly competitive elements into an aggressive Joell showcase as the track evolves, but the intensity and venom in Joell’s voice is a great listen in any context, and a strong opening response from the NY scene. Who’s next?

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Full Album Stream)

statik
With an incredible number of collaborations, joint albums, productions for other artists and much more under his belt, one of hip-hop’s hardest working men is gearing up to release his 5th solo studio album next Tuesday (18th).

It’s been fun watching Statik’s reputation grow from a bubbling-under producer to one of hip-hop’s premiere acts behind the boards, and it appears most of the genre feel the same way; features are beyond plentiful here, with appearances from Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Blu, Joell Ortiz, Mac Miller, Flatbush Zombies, Bun B, Prodigy, Action Bronson and many, many more in what is a fantastically-stacked lineup. Of course, there are several producers/DJs who tend to get a slew of guest spots on their albums (Khaled, Drama etc.) but given their tendency to hire predominantly mainstream or ‘pop rappers’, it’s refreshing to get Statik projects that are generally full to the brim with MCs that do the genre justice. Stream the full project over at NPR below, and be sure to support next week if you’re a fan.

Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Album Stream)

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

DJ Kay Slay-Grown Man Hip-Hop pt. 2 (Mixtape)

djkayslay
Normally DJ’s mixtapes/albums are ones to avoid for me, and I’ve never been massive on Kay Slay’s material anyway, but the features on this do make it worth at least a brief look.

Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Jay Rock and Saigon are just a handful of the names appearing here, and at the very least its good to get verses from that collective. Excluding the intro and outro, there are 19 tracks on this too, so probabilities suggest there should be at least a couple of gems buried in there somewhere. Nothing I’m going to rush to listen to, but still worth grabbing for free below.

DJ Kay Slay-Grown Man Hip-Hop pt. 2

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack (Full Album Stream)

One of the most buzzed-about film soundtracks in quite some time, RZA’s massive all-star lineup has really upped the hype for what actually looks to be a decent film regardless. We’ve caught various individual releases from this, including the throwback stylings of Kanye West’s White Dress and a punchy collaboration between Joell Ortiz, Pusha T and Raekwon, whilst many others have dripped out too.

Wait no longer for the rest, as you can stream and buy it right now. With the rest of the OST including the likes of The Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Idle Warship, Corinne Bailey Rae and of course the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, there’s undoubtedly a great mix of genres here to suit all. Stream and purchase the entire thing right here, right now.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Joell Ortiz-Clique Freestyle


It’s difficult to argue that the highlight of Kanye, Jay and Sean’s original was the beat, and hence it’s a definite pleasure to hear one-quarter of the Slaughter take a couple of minutes out to take it on.

Not quite the original production, instead it’s a bootlegged version, but nonetheless it’s similar enough to do the job. Joell’s flows are definitely on point with this one, packing his usual mix of aggression and humour into a slower delivery than usual but one that rides along with this crawling production well. It’s just under two minutes long so only a short one, but if this is anything to go by we should hope his Slaughterhouse comrades decide to add to that by giving this a go themselves.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Pusha T, Raekwon and Joell Ortiz-Tick Tock

Taken from RZA’s upcoming The Man With The Iron Fists film, the release of the soundtrack’s tracklist was met with much excitement and praise. This was unquestionably one of the better-looking selections on paper, and it doesn’t disappoint.

The production is moody and with a creeping sense of suspense, and given that it’s all work inspired by/to be used in the film, it’s the type of beat that you can envision being set to, and improving, a dark nighttime scene. Pusha opens the raps with a steady pace, packing his relatively aggressive raps into a quiet intensity that makes for a nice change of style, before Raekwon’s gristly tones jump in for a set of drug raps that feel perfectly suited to this Wu-style beat. Joell’s on closing duty and alters his approach in a similar manner to Pusha, swapping his usual high-octane style for a more menacing, reserved delivery that doesn’t sacrifice any of his lyrical ability. Worth a listen for sure, and be sure to keep an eye out for the full OST on 23rd October.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.


Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Slaughterhouse - Goodbye

Slaughterhouse
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

Make sure you buy this track from iTunes too by clicking here y’all.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

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

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Slaughterhouse - The Illest


Slaughterhouse return with a new track, fresh from the Shady 2.0 BET Cipher, which I’m sure everyone agrees outshone all the other ciphers into obscurity (except for the UK version which I’ve yet to see, why has this not popped up on the internet yet?).

This song is a statement that the Slaughterhouse machine is about to go into overdrive as they near completion of their first album under the Shady Records/Aftermath umbrella. The very apt Biggie sample for the hook elevates the chilled nature of the beat, a beat some (who are more used to Slaughterhouse’s energetic tracks) may find a tad flat, but all four members come through with an onslaught of lyrical ability. Don’t ask me which one of these lyrical monsters came with the best verse…because I honestly couldn’t tell you. Download below.

Slaughterhouse – The Illest

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

BET Cypher: Shady 2.0 (Eminem, Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse)

The Shady collective come together for what is the standout session from the BET Cyphers, with each rapper delivering a set of raps that would have probably dominated in any of the other cyphers. Yelawolf opens proceedings with his blinding, breakneck delivery, whilst Joe Budden follows up with a slower, more lyrical affair that will understandably claim top spot for many, with a slew of clever, attention grabbing punchlines. Crooked I follows up with an excellent performance that will also have many fans, throwing some smart lines into a tongue-twisting flow, whilst Joell comes through with a verse that sits somewhere between Budden and Yela’s, though is certainly the weakest of the bunch. Royce brings the biggest quotable with his hilarious ‘Hi Rihanna’ line, and group captain Eminem finishes things off with a solid verse, though not quite as slick as some of his signees.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Omar LinX ft. Royce Da 5'9" and Joell Ortiz-See You In Hell


Although The Slaughter are now officially on Shady, it doesn’t mean they have forgotten where they came from. Here Royce and Joell team up with Toronto emcee Omar LinX for the first single from his upcoming City Of Ommz. On call producer here is the Premo apprentice MoSS who comes through with haunting keys to accompany the thumping drums and on point lyrics. Good hip-hop.

Omar LinX ft. Royce Da 5’9″ & Joell Ortiz-See You In Hell

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Termanology ft. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway-Say It (Remix)


A mouthwatering underground lineup on this one from Term’s upcoming Cameo King II dropping May 24th.

An upbeat, bouncy instrumental sees each emcee here attempt to out-do each other. The winner? It has to be Term himself who comes through with that treble-time multi-syllabic flow that G Rap in his prime would be proud.

Termanology ft. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway-Say It (Remix)

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Ludacris-F5 (Furiously Dangerous) ft. Slaughterhouse & Claret Jai


It’s often discussed who’d make a great 5th addition to the lyrical machine that is Slaughterhouse, and it’d be hard to argue against the case for Ludacris to be this fabled 5th member (not that there’s any chance Slaughterhouse are looking to recruit!). So seeing this collaboration immediately piqued my interest, what with Luda’s penchant for mind-altering guest verses, and Slaughterhouse….well, being Slaughterhouse.

So the result we find here is 5 great verses filled with many a clever punchline, over a pretty decent beat. What I didn’t expect was the awful chorus, which quite simply makes my head hurt. Shame about this annoyance, because this would make a brilliant song with a better thought out hook. Definitely worth picking up by you hip hop lovers out there regardless of this though, as you won’t really find a better bunch of lyricists who are still relevant in the game today.

Ludacris – F5 (Furiously Dangerous) ft. Slaughterhouse & Claret Jai

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.

Eminem, Yelawolf & Slaughterhouse-Shady 2.0 Boys [Live]

Oh man, what I would have given to have been in Detroit to see this live performance from the next generation of Shady Records.

Not the best quality of sound, given it was filmed by a spectator in the crowd, but it’s good enough. Hell, even if the sound was worse than terrible I’d still have posted this. Great seeing the dynamic of these collection of rappers on stage together, you can tell their rapport is genuine.

Go grab the audio for this by clicking right here. If you haven’t done so already, get yourselves on the Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf bandwagon now…by the end of the year there will be no room.

Share this post or we'll inflict pain on you.