If you don’t know yet about Slaughterhouse, where have you been?
But for the sake of this article I’ll give you a quick education. Slaughterhouse is a supergroup between Royce Da 5’9”, Joel Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Crooked I. These are some of the biggest underground acts, united together to make a group that has gained a lot of notoriety. It was in ’09 where they released their first album, and it caught the eye of all hip hop heads out there, especially Eminem.
Two years later, Eminem signed the group onto his label, Shady Records. With under Eminem’s direction, you would think Slaughterhouse is in good hands.
So they just released their first album, “Welcome to Our House”, and its got a star-studded cast of producers and guest appearances. In production, you got great producers like Swizz Beats, Araabmuzik, and Eminem too. Guest appearances in the album include Skylar Grey, Busta Rhymes, and Cee-Lo.
The first track, “Our House”, starts off as slow dark vibe to it, which is perfect to fit Skylar’s vocals in. It’s not the right track to start off the album with, but i’ll take it. In fact, I skipped over to “Coffin” with Busta Rhymes on the track. It’s fast-paced, keeps your head bumping, and the production’s perfect for the group to rap on.
You’ll also want to skip to “Frat House”, which has this sick tag-team rhyming between Joel and Joe Budden. Hearing stuff like that is why i like this group so much. If you’re the conscious hip hop fan, you’ll love “Goodbye”, as the group talks about missing fathers, deadbeat dads, and the fathers that step up to their children’s lives. The two tracks i’ve been listening to over and over again are “Get Up” and “Hammer Dance”.
However not all of the tracks are great, in fact some of them made me think “what the hell?” Specifically “my life”, with cee-lo made me bust out laughing. The track has cee-lo singing a melody that sounds like a 90’s techno song. It totally threw me off, and cee-lo is just getting to weird for me. “Flip A bird” wasn’t a good track either. The production was blasted over the group too much, and you couldn’t understand the lyrics much. “Die” was another track that make me think, “Is Eminem trying to turn slaughterhouse into D12”?
This album made me wonder if Slaughterhouse was going the route Wale did with Maybach Music. Did Slaughterhouse sign with Shady so they can appeal to the pop audience? It was a thought i had, while listening. However, they could’ve signed with Cash Money instead, and go that route, but they didn’t. The album isn’t great, but it has some of its moments. I would just download some of the tracks, of this album, because some of them are worth repeating.
Rating- 6 out of 10
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