Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf: The Future, Or Future Tax Write-Offs?

I’m sure everybody within earshot has already read the news about Slaughterhouse – the crew of lyrical castaways – and Alabama’s quick-tongued Caucasoid rapper Yelawolf aligning with Shady/Interscope Records the other day. Some folks are lauding the Jimmy Iovine-reared mega-label for giving a well-deserved to a class of emcees long overdue for a chance at the major label spotlight, while some are predicting a changing of the guard in rap; a return to the days when abstract lyricism was placed ahead of elementary bleeps, rhymes and lies. The real question, however, is whether or not the house Curtis currently terrorizes can actually turn these five artists into legitimate (read: money making) machines.

The most glaring obstacle for Shady is how the label can somehow trick today’s Internets-addled, ADHD generation into paying enough attention to Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9” and Yelawolf to convince them to buy an album from a bunch of artists who are a lot closer to 40 than they are 20 (or, in rap layman’s terms, over the hill) which would, ideally, emphasize more on dense verbal exercises than simplistic call-and-response chants. Not necessarily the best idea financially in today’s rap contingent, especially since the so-called hip hop purist contingent who have longed for this type of music to once again take center stage also treat the very thought of spending money to actually buy an album as if it were the drunk, loud and ugly woman at a party.

It also doesn’t help that the members of Slaughterhouse were all at one point rapsters signed to major labels who, thanks to various unfortunate circumstances, were unable to take advantage of their opportunities and were thus spurned by the mainstream demographic, eventually finding solace in the neo-underground (read: Internets) world of rap where, despite gaining a huge following and an equally heavy buzz, their self-titled debut album only moving a paltry 31,000 units. But nevermind that.

Yelawolf fares a bit better, however, simply off the strength that, to this day, the public is still fascinated by the idea of a White rapper that can actually rap, despite it being over 20 years since Vanilla Ice was (allegedly) hung out a window by Suge Knight and over a decade since Eminem (who’s now, ironically, Yelawolf’s boss) broke the mold. Despite his rapping ability (and he can actually rap, mind you), Yela was wrongfully labeled as a countrified Slim Shady (or a skinny Bubba Sparxxx, take your pick) as soon as he stepped out of the womb and into rap’s public consciousness. Now that’s he’s actually allied himself with Marshall, those ass-backward comparisons will never stop.

So here we are again with Dr. Dre’s camp scooping up some highly talented artists all at the same time. While parts of me hopes they actually do something while they’re there, the cynic suggests that I’ll be waiting for a Slaughterhouse or Yelawolf album for about as long as I’d waited for albums from Rakim, Truth Hurts, Eve, Busta Rhymes, The Firm, Hittman, King T, Joell Ortiz (see what I did there?), Stat Quo or Raekwon.

  • Dunny

    Kanye is 33. Slim is 37, Rick Ross didn’t make an impact till 30. I think they could win. Who knows anymore???

    • http://www.youtube.com/justaphella Justa Phella

      age isn’t a factor when you love making music. So your saying Jazz players are too old to play or could it be the other way around, maybe too young…too many dumb fucks in this world. Age is nothing but a number. lol some just listen to music which is you, others understand what its like to live the hip hop life

      • Mellow My Man

        Real talk Justa Phella

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  • harharhar

    They all suck besides Yelawolf, but I guess Eminem sucks now too, so its just a big group of suck.

    • 12thLetter

      You suck.

    • kane

      My question is that how many albums/mixtapes do you have made by Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce da 5’9. I was not a fan of their album together but their is a wealth of great material made by each artist indivually. Why do you hate on these genuinely good artists with no grounds.

    • Wu Clanman

      yeah…….. you do suck………..

    • YamonLando

      You’re an idiot if you think Em sucks…All he has to do is die to recieve his legend status you ignorant prick.

      • Juggalo4life

        If he died that would make my day wouldn’t have to hear about his fake ass anymore. Bury him net to Elton John.

  • rdouble

    I hope for the best but I’m prepared from the worse

  • layedback

    who the hell wrote this article

  • http://harlemworld.wordpress.com Cameron G

    The One needed a bigger promtional push.

    White people all over the country would have made it their anthem. I believe they can get a Gold single, if they cant get a Gold album. All they need is a Khalil beat and an Eminem feature.

    • Harharhar

      Yeah, your people would have loved blasting that song at their bar mitzvahs.

      • http://harlemworld.wordpress.com Cameron G

        Im not white or jewish – but if i was, your weak reply would only serve to prove my point.

        • Don mcCaine

          LoLz

          fam you just passing thru? or you pulling up a chair here…* daps *

        • swype-matic

          Hahahaha!! Harharhar = OWNED

      • Wu Clanman

        Yeah, Cam did make you look pretty stupid asswipe……..

  • http://harlemworld.wordpress.com Cameron G

    Yelawolf will be fine – just like every white rapper pushed into the mainstream.

    • swype-matic

      Besides Eminem, what other white rappers have been pushed into the mainstream AND been successful?? Bubba Sparxx and Eminem are the ony ones I can think of, and that’s still debatable.

  • http://blotterink.bandcamp.com blotterink

    Busta Rhymes did come out, but I get the point…

    • Shawty J

      One of Busta’s Aftermath albums came out, he had to switch labels to put out the other.

  • playaj2thab

    Half of these comments on here are irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that you got 5 dope emcees on an already very successful emcees label in an industry that is in need of REAL HIP HOP…..NOT made up fake, imaginative fairytale raps based on nothing…..It ain’t always about money…..With change comes success and we already now success breeds envy.

    • EMANDEM

      Tha fuck you think slaughter house raps about? I say people like you are fuckin delirious. You bitches live in a bubble and don’t accept what it is. REAL HIPHOP is only REAL to whoever perceives it as that. Technically “REAL” HIPHOP is what it was back in the 80′s, not this “I’ll murder your daughter with a balled up fist full of barbwire to the vagina” Slaughter House has always been raw in terms of lyrical content, if you think what they spit they do then that’s up to you but it all boils down to personal preference, stop pushin that “REAL” HIPHOP fantasy on people, you dudes delirious, and ignorant to facts and change.

      • playaj2thab

        EMANDEM | January 13, 2011 8:26 pm
        “You bitches live in a bubble and don’t accept what it is. Slaughter House has always been raw in terms of lyrical content, if you think what they spit they do then that’s up to you but it all boils down to personal preference, stop pushin that “REAL” HIPHOP fantasy on people, you dudes delirious, and ignorant to facts and change”

        Yo homie…You completely twisted what I was trying to say. I’m happy that a group Like Slaughterhouse and a dude like Yelawolf can actually get their shine.

        By “Real” I mean the gritty beats with the lyricism brought about. “Real” in the sense of being “Real Lyrics”….Lyrics based on just the art of rhyming….NOT “Real” in the sense
        of me believing what they are saying.

        Living in a bubble? Naw bro…..

        • Detroit P

          LOLOL Nigga, he aint TWIST ANYTHING…its what the fuck YOU said

          “REAL HIP HOP…..NOT made up fake, imaginative fairytale raps based on nothing”

          What did that have to do with technical lyricism? Plus, All LaughterHouse spits are “fake, imaginative fairytale raps based on nothing”..so go take your “real hip hop” rhetoric and go jump off a fucking bridge, cus you must be delusional if you’re even in denial about the words YOU typed…lol..fuckin rap fans…dumb as bricks..

          • playaj2thab

            OK….

            While I am confused in my rap fan bubble…. I will try and elaborate everything on my post.

            I agree completely with the fact that most, if not all hip hop artist make up stories and fairytales…It’s all part of the image.

            However, When I said, ” Not fake imaginative, blazay blah…..”, I meant the hip hop you hear from rappers talking about all this dope they sell, all the expensive cars they got, and so and so on…but in reality they live in the burbs, driving, at most a lexus or a beamer….

            I am not one to hate, cause I say get it how you can..

            When I say “Real Hip Hop” , TO ME, I mean hip hop that I like, which is artist rhyming to just rhyme….lyrics twisting syllables and dropping cold metaphors just cause it’s ill.

            If I still am in a bubble then my bad homie……….Someone let me out!!! Hahaha.

            I think I’m on the same page as you guys but not all the words and points I am trying to get across are going to come out clear or how I ‘d like them……

            So…..It’s cool……ALREADY! pEACE!

        • http://youtube.com/justaphella Justa Phella

          i agree with what you said man. All these other dumb fucks still stuck on weezy’s lollipop…Slaughterhouse are on a League of their own…Eminem is a smart dude. I think you guys are Lame to repect Eminem as an MC but talk shit to him because of his choices in who he signs. Ill keep it simple for people. Slim signed these kats because their the only one’s on an Eminem Level of Lyricism…

  • YT

    I’m excited just for the fact that theyre getting some shine right now… I’ve been a fan of Joe Budden since his debut, and because of Slaughterhouse, I’m now a fan of all four, with Crooked being my favorite, except for when Budden is lol. But I say fuck it, get the money while they can… Nobody makes money off record sales anymore anyways, you make doe on the road.

  • Q461

    Slaughterhouse and Yela on tour with Em will certainly make more money for dude, as I’m sure more heads are checkin for Buddens than Bizarre for example ( At least I hope so lol)
    Like I said earlier… it will be interesting to see if he can break Slaughterhouse through to a more mainstream audience… these dudes are vets who have paid their dues and are lyrical monsters… Plus it would be ill to see a group catch wreck and blow up again…

    Yall ever notice the death of the Hip-Hop Group??? Duos and crews are a dying breed thats for sure…

    • abcd

      Eminem has made it pretty clear he has no plans nor any desire to do a tour. He only wants to do spot dates at large events.

      • Q461

        That could certainly change though now that he has made these big moves….wait and see homey

        • abcd

          I highly doubt it. They are signed to Paul, not Eminem. Shady Records is Paul’s Eminem is just the face of it he doesn’t own it. I’m sure Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf were promised that, though.

          • Q461

            I could see that changing. If those acts somehow do really well on the charts They will go on tour trust. Even if they do just a few exclusive shows and not an all out tour like the ballpark shit with Hov in September, Em’s obviously gonna bring the whole fam.

            Could also see it going the other way though. Em has said he plans on falling back eventually as he is nearing his 40′s. Maybe he’s gonna mold Yela into the next great white hope cat…

  • ComedianSonnyG

    I’ll be waiting for a Slaughterhouse or Yelawolf album for about as long as I’d waited for albums from Rakim, Truth Hurts, Eve, Busta Rhymes, The Firm, Hittman, King T, Joell Ortiz (see what I did there?), Stat Quo or Raekwon<——–This is my whole point right here. Wasn't there a cover of G-Unit wit Mase, M.O.P, and Mobb Deep on the cover and THEY were suppose to bring back that RAW REAL AND UNCUT? Yeah.—–

  • http://streetscholar.net Spoon

    @Cameron G, far as white rappers in the mainstream, who exactly are u talking bout? Bubba Sparxxx? Where’s he now? Lil Whyte? even Three6 in their heyday couldn’t make that work. MC Serch? Everlast? In the context of mainstream Eminem and the Beasties are the only examples beyond the occasional one hit wonder.
    Two, some of those classic hip-hop sensibilities, i.e. the “duo”, are making a resurgence. Look at all the one mc, one producer albums that have come out in the past 2 years; Freeway/Jake One, Skyzoo/!llmind, Torae/Marco Polo, Curen$y/Ski Beatz etc. Maybe some groundwork is being laid to help the culture at large swing back towards artistry and the lyricist. I’m not even really much of a fan of the Slaughterhouse guys, but I do hope Eminem’s endorsement pushes them over the top.
    Maybe I’m too optimistic.

  • Q461

    @ Spoon

    I just made the comment about the death of the hip-hop group and duo ( its actually been while since that shit was in vogue ie Naughty, Gang Starr, Onyx, Lords of The Underground, Tribe etc)

    I agree with what you are saying though about the one MC one producer trend which is seeing a revival…. It wasn’t too long ago I was asking what happened to those days with one rapper one producer and an album of continuity…. seemed like everyone was fillin their records with soundscapes by the whos who in the beat game and lots of contrasting styles were the outcome with mixed results…

    Slaughterhouse would be a first if they really blow up mainstream wise cause they are a powerhouse all star team of MCs that joined forces to go against the evils of the machine , unlike other groups of rap’s past.

    As far as The white MC comment I do gotta say that the Beasties and Em are the only examples of longevity Caucasian-wise although Everlast and Serch had some success ( Gotta remember there is a slew white MC’s underground who have been around for a minute, the Aesop Rocks and Sage Francis’s of the world). Bubba had a couple of hits and Miilkbone was bringin that heat.

    Off topic but this trend of privileged white rappers is begining to annoy me we don;t need Tommy Hilfiger’s son and Tom Hank’s kid rhymin about how difficult it is to be the seeds of gazillionaires…. just sayin

  • Don mcCaine

    I c u spoon…

    you know the answers to them ?s…

  • yoprince

    i hardly listen to rap anymore b/c the whole culture bitches and moans about selling records.

    rap was my first love, but now the sh*t is disgusting.

    the internet should be a place where the most diligent fans come on here and discuss the actual music. instead every hip-hop blog and almost every comment is about whether so and so made a smart business move, or how so and so didn’t go platinum or took too long to go gold.

    sh*t is wack. straight up. i understand that rap is black music. and black culture has an obsession with success b/c we were denied it so long. but this constant rhetoric about sales and artists flopping is BORING, not to mention restrictive.

    who cares? they make music. not effing armchairs or mattresses.

    this is why I’m chilling listening to sufjan stevens or the national or arcade fire or coltrane or billie holiday. b/c their fans aren’t armchair record execs and they get to make music that will still mean something in five years.

  • DarkNess

    slaughter house is a good team (still iffy on buddon) crooked i is one of the best if not the best comin out of the west right now (still shouldve made a bigger impact along time ago but w/e) i think ortiz and buddon sound almost identical so thats kind of lame but as a team they stand ground fairly well this yelawolf guys kind of weird not bad but not the greatest tho… still its funny how one of the best/greatest labels in the world known for hip hop genres scoops up all the talented artists we know and love and poof they all vanish off the shelves (minus busta) guess we’ll all see what happens i hope slaughter house does well or at least royce and crooked

  • ghost30

    whoever wrote this article is clearly not a fan of lyrics. (Gucci man fan) One of those simple minded people who pay more attention to album sales than album content. You should take up another job, your article sucks. maybe you’ll fit better with Perez Hilton blog or Limbaugh. Sounds like something BOL would write he always did throw shots at Budden and the rest. Hating is such a terrible diease.

  • yoprince

    i hardly listen to rap anymore b/c the whole culture bitches and moans about selling records.

    rap was my first love, but now the sh*t is disgusting.

    the internet should be a place where the most diligent fans come on here and discuss the actual music. instead every blog and almost every comment is about whether so and so made a smart business move, or how so and so didn’t go platinum or took too long to go gold.

    sh*t is wack. straight up. i understand that rap is black music. and black culture has an obsession with success b/c we were denied it so long. but this constant rhetoric about sales and artists flopping is BORING, not to mention restrictive.

    who cares? they make music. not effing armchairs or mattresses.

    this is why I’m chilling listening to sufjan stevens or the national or arcade fire or coltrane or billie holiday. b/c they’re fans aren’t armchair record execs and they get to make music that will still mean something in five years.

  • yoprince

    … and they tryna delete my comments.

  • Broz1p

    I just hope so called “Hip-Hop Heads” actually go out and buy their albums…. I bought slaughterhouse’s debut and Trunk Muzik was pretty dope so they gotta fan in me….

  • 2cooljulez

    This will be an interesting turnout no doubt. But it argument is not rather they can rap, its can they sale. Slaughterhouse sold 90% of the product put out there. Now it comes to production (sad face), and relativity too those that just found puberty. I’m excited about Shady 2.0…

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Its a good look, and Im sure it will bring success in this day and age of sub par rap that sells well. Change is way over due, and I think the winds of change are comin.
    Oh and to the dumbasses who keep harpin on the fact that all the former artists on shady aftermath never got releases, think about it everyone wanted beats from dre and em and guest features, the roster was too loaded to cater to them all. Thats why it folded. Not because of procrastination.

  • DETROIT

    This article is on point. slaughterhouse will not be successful for the same reasons that they haven’t been successful up to this point…they have no personality and their music lacks soul. its just wack ass battle raps. being on shady doesn’t guarantee success, ask cashis or bobby creekwater. yelawolf on the otherhand is cold as shit, his music has personality and he’s lyrical….HE’S GONNA DO #S! the fact that both of these acts signed at the same time all but guarantees that one of them will be shelved. rappers r pretty dumb when it comes to business.

  • j

    Slaughterhouse is in their prime. It would be a terrible shame if their music ends up sitting on a shelf

  • swype-matic

    I hope Em can break them into the mainstream, especially without compromising their skill and talent. I’m hoping for the best, and some real high quality music, but I’m anticipating some Encore/Relapse sounding shit that’s all thrown together, or some decent yet overly poppy Recovery sounding shit, and sadly, this my lead to some Lil Wayne/Drake features.

  • RSX

    I see what you did there.

  • avenger xl

    Yelawolf is a good fit because he can get that lane created by haystaks and bubba sparxxx i.e. the white trash country boy who hung around the ghetto ass black guys and could rhyme and such. Note: he is light years ahead of the formentioned country ass white boy rhymers so for all intents and purposes he is about the rule this lane with the aid of the shady. Wolf is also capable of spinning subject matter and situation into his lyrics that pull the listener into the story he tells even if it isn’t authentic he is good at crafting stories. I believe slaughterhouse is good at it too but they spend more time being raping ass rappers who rap about how good they rap and make idle threats about murder and smashing your broad while whorshiping the mic device, defending it against the ever present wack emcees. That is a good persona for the lyrical braggadocio style of rap but they are going to have to do more story telling and such to reach a larger audience and this does not mean stupid pop records about girls,fake emotion like drake cakes or preaching at fools. Bottomline slaughter may be a tax write off or a new d12 like vehicle for slim. While yelawolf has a definite lane and if slim plays it write he can eat off this dude like dre eats off him.

  • deus ex

    Basically the quick witted slim fitted white boys (like myself) will be the highlight of the group. theyve foregrounded them in the XXL cover.

  • flavorblade

    Slaughterhouse has talent but the problem with them is they have no exterior theme to their act, such as Wu-tang, who used Asian martial arts culture and 5% mysticism to pepper up their act. Slaughterhouse to be effective will need someone to conduct a high profile battle against. The general public isn’t interested in aimless battle rhymes. That sort of thing has had it’s run. Except for Crooked I they are not really thug cats; which is cool they are are creative cats, but the point is the gangsta thing is not going to fly with them either. They never moved real weight like Ghostface or Reakwon (northside barbershops bugged). They are not particularly socially conscious commentators like say Nas. If ever a group needed a battle its Slaughterhouse. The group concept in itself is a dwindling force in hip-hop; especially given the economics.

  • Q461

    “The group concept in itself is a dwindling force in hip-hop; especially given the economics.”

    I been sayin this. The group dynamic has been on its deathbed or already dead for awhile now. What happened to the days of Naughty, Tribe, Lords, Onyx, etc.?

    I C u Flavor. Hopefully they can come up with some song concepts, cause otherwise they gonna burn out like Canibus if they can’t make any accessible songs.

    Who do you suggest to battle these niggaz though? Most MCS wouldn’t dare fuck with them….

  • http://www.youtube.com/justaphella Justa Phella

    Is this article written by a hater?

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Yall are not lookin at the big picture, yeah slaughter em and yela did this because of the potential, but the money is secondary, em and these cats have somethin most rappers dont have.. and thats the love of the craft that they are so good at.
    As long as they all do decent numbers and keep a good reception all of them will be happy. They dont have to go platinum, we know that in this day and age thats a goal that is hard to reach. You have to be a superstar to attain that.

    Hopefully Royce brings in the Detroit cat, Black Milk, I am feelin dude the songs that him and Royce on, they are straight heaters.

    If you havent heard them, I highly suggest checkin them out.

    Black Milk featuring royce and elzhi “deadly medley ” and
    royce and Milk “losing out” .

  • Blues

    Everybody knows Slaughterhouse wont push a mill the first week,EM also know that.I think Eminem did this for hip hop,i really do.Slaughterhouse will sell more than they did before signing with EM though,they will get alot more attention now and they deserve it.Yelawolf will do fine

  • heyo

    I honestly think that Em is just a big fan of all these cats…he already has hundreds of fuckin millions in the bank…he dont give a fuck about the business side as much as the outsiders perceive him to be…im sure Iovine, just says “Em you made me a RICH motherfucker, get who you want” Anyway these emcess are ALL proven solid on the mic…its just that hip hop has been so watered down there’s not much you can do at this point but jus ride it out…its all good tho, whoever thought Hip Hop would get this far when NY was jus bumpin Kool Herc??!!!

    Peace, from the 412

  • nosleept1lbklyn

    I never was a fan of slaughterhouse but i like Joell Ortiz but i guess since things didnt work out for hime when he was with aftermath then this might be the next best thing…but honestly i think they might become tax writeoffs.

  • Southern Maryland

    It’s a good look for “Hip-hop”, I mean, honestly these are the type of artists you’d expect shady 2 sign. Could you imagine em signing waka, gucci or shit like that?…..BUT the world might end before we ever hear a full length project from them. I love the idea of royce da 5’9 becdoming somewhat a new hypeman for slim….and yela wolf is fuckin sickk….I would love a Strange Music and Shady records Collab album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Mitch 3K

    Ye of little faith, I remember alot of people said 50 was never gonna blow up either, there is no formula for success, Its hit or Miss regardless of who you put out……….But I doubt Em Personally gives a shit, he’s already got over 100 Million and the only money invested is Interscope’s, he probably used his leverage with Jimmy Iovine, coming off the most succesful album of the year, to get some cats who deserve a Chance to shine their day…………..

    You’d think people would be happy for them, all day long online motherfuckers cry and cry about Mainstream Hip Hop being whack and no lyrical dudes blowing up, then Someone gets the oppurtunity and people sit around get all negative talking about “Oh, there never gonna sell”…….Why you personally give a fuck if they sell or not, are you related to Crooked I, do you have stock In Interscope records……. If the answers No, then shut the fuck up and listen to music as a fan instead of a Buisnessman

    Motherfuckers online cant be happy unless their miserable, let the album come out and judge the music based on the music, sales dont mean shit anymore, Drake Got Every guest appearence under the sun and half the album made it to radio and he barely crawled to platinum

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  • nujerz

    Like I said before Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf are signed strictly to Shady Records. All the artist this dude mentioned were either Aftermath or Shady/Aftermath were it was Dre who held shit up. Yela and Sh are not Shady/Aftermath or Aftermath artist they signed to solely Shady Records. …Every artist that been on Shady Aside from Bobby Creekwater has release albums or EP’s.

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  • R.Mendez

    You know for a magazine that constantly has me readin articles about lack of substance in the rap game, they sure are quick to write off anyone with any type of lyrical ability. Slaughterhouse is consisted of 4 of the most brutal, lyrically minded emcees in the whole rap game, thats right, the WHOLE rap game. As in outta everyone including the clever metaphor minded lil wayne whos the shit but hasnt been able to elevate his game past metaphors and simile’s, no storytelling from weezy….ever.Kanye West who’s album i currently got on blast but his whole issue is that he’s such a asshole people dont wanna listen. And he still autotunes too much and lets be honest, the vocoder solo in runaway is hard to get thru on the ipod. jeezy….dollars and dope. nothin else(gun talk not included)(nor is talking about how awesome you are)Rick ross (phony) or Waka Flaka who is a amatuer emcee at best. And nikki Minaj who is a step away from wearin a meat dress to get some press coverage.
    Slaughterhouse deserve there shine, Joells the shit, Royce has been ridiculous, buddens a Beaset, And crooked as far as im concerned is the best rapper comin out the west right now.

    And yelawolf congradulations for being the first WHITE apper eminems cosigned. It means alot, your albums crack and cant wait for the shady debut, just dont do a song with em, you and bubba sparx called white power. might sink the ship.

    Later bitchs

  • Chase

    Bubba Sparxx was a success? Yela over a dre beat sounds shitty in my mind

  • nesian

    i tink the difference is this is shady records not aftermath.

  • KiNGPiN

    if people realize what real hip hop is than slaughterhouse will explode. this is pretty much this centuries bone thugs if they can make some hits than there gonna become legends (even tho i think they already are)

    as for yelawolf he’s a talent. fuck the comparisions to em and fuck that he’s white. its all about the musik

  • AsQuette

    besides eminem almost all of white rappers were not actually rappers and made other music: like beastie boys, house of pain, psycho realm, vanilla (=D)…even eminem is not a typical rapper

  • capicu

    if you dont support this move…go drop a comment on Perez Hiltons blog. Not here. XXl is for hip hop heads

  • drap423

    paul wall had success in the mainstream and went platinum.lil wyte has had success though not on the mainstream pretty good with little or no promotion

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    I doubt the necessity of some taxes in this country. Whether the government is always safe?

  • Jugggalo4life

    What’s funny is that your white rappers had to go mainstream to get a following when they couldn’t just establish a strong following in the underground. Yelawolf is dope and i would like to hear what he can do with some different beats but i just think the sound wont be the same and won’t get the recognition he deserves. And become one of your white rappers that didn’t make it as long as he keeps putting out music i will support him. i will have to edit M&M out of all the callab’s the same with the Tech N9ne track he’s doing with him.

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