Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Fabolous, Action Bronson, Slaughterhouse, Young Jeezy and many, many more; for a full list, check out the back artwork over at Funk’s place. Many of the tracks from this tape have leaked out individually in the last 24 hours too, and thankfully they’re tagless versions, with one notable example being the Joey Bada$$ effort on the mixtape. If you’re after any of the other individual tracks, I’m sure a quick Google search can help you there, otherwise grab the bumper project for free below.
Probably one of my favourite tracks from the Slaughterhouse album, so I’m pleased they’ve done a video for this. The majority of the video takes place in a hospital, understandably, and helps set the image that their lyrics on this record portray. Not sure about the freaky angel who sings the hook in the vid, but we’ll roll with it.
It’s a track that personally resonates with me, and it’s the sort of vulnerable track that Slaughterhouse should perhaps do more of. Joe Budden’s made a career of it, so it’s no surprise he has the most heartfelt and standout verse on this.
I’m still annoyed Royce Da 5’9″ didn’t put a verse on this though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is actually the second trailer for Slaughterhouse’s upcoming music video, Everybody Down, but I didn’t bother posting the first as it was a little short/didn’t reveal much.
However, this trailer gives us a glimpse of the roles each of these rappers play in some sort of bank heist or other high risk endeavour. The effects used on this has the super-lyrical group situated in a CGI constructed world and surprisingly comes off well. Looking forward to the release of the full video.
The track Everybody Down features on the Slaughterhouse EP that was released last month and is available to purchase on iTunes.
Upon official confirmation of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf’s signing to Shady last month, this is what the industry has been waiting for; All three parties finally coming together on the mic. Shady 2.0 join forces to form one of the most formidable lyrical line-ups ever. And boy does it deliver here.
Much like Just Blaze’s Session One, the explosive, high-tempo and jumpy piano loop just sits in the background simply providing a vehicle for the inevitable lyrical slaughter. No doubt everyone will have their winner here, but for me? Crook kills it.
Really not sure how I completely missed this, I guess I got too lost in the Lupe Fiasco excitement, but this dropped earlier: a new track from the (recently Shady-signed) Slaughterhouse boys.
Produced by Mr. Porter, we’re given a very good hip hop sounding lyrical affair (come on, did you expect any less?). Will be on their upcoming EP, of which the tracklisting for can be checked out over here.
Too many remixes for my liking, I won’t complain though as it’s ALWAYS great to hear new material from these guys, in whatever form. Having said that, the Move On remix could end up very interesting listening (assuming it’ll contain all new verses from the group), as the original was top-notch.
Fresh off their recent signing to Shady Records, 2011 is going to be a very busy year for this group.
Now it was no secret Slaughterhouse were going to sign with Shady Records, it’s only been due to record label issues that it hadn’t already happened, but Yelawolf? Crazy stuff! And by crazy I mean genius. Yelawolf was already signed to Interscope, so it was a good move to put him onto Shady.
Here’s what Em had to say: “Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady. It’s the new generation of Shady Records and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun.”
Yelawolf also comments on the powerhouse move: “Considering where I’m from and the shit I’ve been through, it’s hard to put into words what partnering with Shady means to me, my team at Ghet-O-Vision, and my state of Alabama. I can tell you that when you’re willing to give your life up to see a dream through, the reward is great. And now that I’ve become an apprentice to one of the greatest artists in the world, my potential reaches beyond anything I ever imagined. Let’s kill this shit.”
The other three quarters of the Slaughter join Joell’s collaboration with The Lox, Put Some Money On It, which is from Joell’s recent Free Agent album.
With that classic early to mid 90′s sound with the production, this song is all about a hella amount of top-level lyricists doing what they do best. A great beat can make any artist sound good, but only the truly special emcees can take average beats, or looping posse cut type beats such as this one and make it into an enjoyable track. I’m unsure as to has the best verse on this, I’m going to need to listen to it a lot more before I come to any real conclusions, but on first impressions Royce takes it for me. Great to see Slaughterhouse on their grind again, what with their other recent track announcing their return.