Before Slaughterhouse released their debut album as a group on August 11, 2009, there had been a lot of pump fakes by solo MCs saying they were going to pull off a Voltronic assemblage that would make Cerberus jealous. However, with the release of their self-titled project Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5 9 and Joel Ortiz transitioned from urban legend to urban legends defying the industry odds of four talents successfully uniting under one banner.
However, the achievement was not without its headaches. Sales didn’t come close to the lofty expectations of that much talent and the foursome sought to leave the smaller E1 label for a major. Their wishes were granted in 2010 when the four-pack signed to Eminem’s Shady Records and released their follow-up Welcome to: OUR HOUSE in 2012, which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200.
But in the millennial music era of disposable art, two years can feel like an eternity and fans of the group have been patiently waiting for their next album, tentatively titled Glass House. A new single has been released called “Y’all Already Know,” and will be featured on the upcoming Shady XV compilation. The DJ Premier produced track serves as a prelude to not only the anniversary project, but to his joint album with Royce, PRhyme, out on December 4th. But does this mean that we are one song closer to a new Slaughterhouse release?
“The Slaughterhouse single is for the Shady project coming out next month, as for Slaughterhouse proper? No, no no. No single as of yet,” Joe Budden clarifies to WatchLOUD.com. “But we’re working. We went in the studio last year and put together some really amazing music. Music that I’m sure all of us would be extremely proud to represent our next body of work. [But] It’s not all the way there yet. It’s not where we would like it to be. You go in there and fine tune some things. I always like to say the album is not complete until it’s in stores. We’ll go in and make it do what it do.”
In the five years since the first Slaughterhouse project the group has gone through many changes, both as individuals and as a collective. Will the third time be the charm?
“You try to learn something from each outing,” says Budden. “I think that this Slaughterhouse album, at the time that the recording process caught each of us individually in…the music dictates that…so it seems to be very introspective, a lot of story telling. Seems like [taking] inventory. People went through some things between the last album and this album. So it’s not much about proving that we can outrap everybody, because people should know we can outrap a lot of people. It’s just about the best fit for the song and production wise it’s a totally different feel, the substance, the content. It’s a different project. And I’m probably giving too much away, because the album isn’t due out just yet.”
Thankfully, the group has plenty of solo work to keep iPods filled until then. Joe Budden just released a new EP, Some Love Lost, Joel Ortiz’s House Slippers is in heavy rotation and Royce’s aforementioned PRhyme is a contender for album of the year.
“Some Love Lost is a transition between No Love Lost and All Love Lost, my next album coming out early next quarter,” Budden shares. “People needed to hear from me. It’s very current content. Very present day, present tense. It needed to be released as soon as it was mixed and mastered. It’s important for me to get shit out. This is the safest, and most therapeutic way for me to get things out. Very prototypical Joe Budden.”
One song, an almost 9-minute confessional called “Only Human,” covers the gamut of Joe’s emotions from suicidal thoughts to his arrest this summer for robbery and grand larceny.
“I recorded it as soon as I got out of jail. It’s 8-minutes plus because I had that much to say. It was the first song we recorded for the project, soon as I got out of jail I recorded that song. The beat dictated that also, but I’m not with standard…8 bar verses do nothing for me. I’ve never been one for structure.”
“I can’t explain what was going on. People have to hear it. Often times I get in the booth and I verbalize things I won’t (say) to the closest people in my life. It almost acts as a confessional. For me to have to put it into worlds that do not rhyme, that would be difficult for me to do. But the song is one of the hauntingly deeper songs on the EP. Listen to it.”
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