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REVIEW: Slaughterhouse, Slaughterhouse

(E1 Music)

As a group, Slaughterhouse is greater than the sum of its parts. Its members, while respected, consist of a pair of weathered industry journeymen (Royce Da 5’9”, Joe Budden) and two newer artists (Crooked I, Joell Ortiz). As soloists, their blue-collar work ethics—freestyles, mixtapes, indie albums—are what keep them afloat. Collectively, however, they’re the game’s most imposing lyrical force.

The LP opens with “Sound Off,” where each member verbally attacks with a dizzying array of one-liners. And this is the formula that is basically employed throughout. There’s Joe Budden addressing rap’s sorry state on “Lyrical Murderers” (“Hello, hip-hop, I am here, you dying, yeah/And I’m aware, a beast, so at your wake I cry lion tears”). Then Joell shows crew love on “Not Tonight,” spittin’, “I’m the man in the booth/With a few good men, and you can’t handle the truth,” while Royce gets rowdy on the bluesy, Mr. Porter–produced “Salute” (“Niggas will spray you up before they wet ya lady up/Then shoot the baby bassinet and shut the baby up”). And on the disc’s first single, “The One,” it’s Crooked I who plays standout, with lines like, “I’m the one who wants to spear Britney/Give Pink some Black, put it near her kidneys.” All of the album’s lyrical emphasis does come at a price, though. The sappy R&B groove of “Rain Drops” doesn’t quite match the MCs’ aggressive deliveries. And Emile’s plodding production on “Killaz” fails to complement the quartet’s verbiage.

Evidenced by the chemistry on their first effort, Slaughterhouse is no reality-show-created supergroup. And while each member may be a little movement by himself, without a doubt, they’re a force when they’re together. —PAUL CANTOR

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  • Jhon da Analyst

    Pierzy!! Well it’s about fuckin time. Slaughterhouse!!!

    • Chaka

      LOL Crooked ain’t a new artist, I’ve been bumping his shit since 2002… Whoever wrote that article needs to check shit twice before posting it.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I will say that some of the production overpowers the lyrical onslaught by these 4 cats. I think the final mastering got fucked up!!!

    • OG Matt Herbz

      I was going to say that I don’t think the production was up to par. The beats were all kinda meh although the lyrics were hype. I like their sound, but they needed to switch it up a little and get some more soul in the mix. Since BP3 and OB4CL2 have come out, this CD, sadly, isn’t getting much rotation anymore.

      –OG Matt Herbz–

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    I love this album. It’s not perfect but it knocks from beginning to end!

    I just wonder, how is Crooked I a ‘new artist’ if he was on the cover of XXL 8 years ago?

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        • GIBZ

          Leo, I gotta co-sign witcha. I pop the shit in, and listen to it strait thru. I only skip one song, “One” but other than that every song is on point. Yea beats could’ve been a lil better but its a good album every song is fire cus of the fact that these dudes are already spittin flames!!!


    • thatkid40

      i pondered on the same sentence haha nice call

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I thought Khalil’s production would have been tighter. I agree Herbz, I had to put it aside since OB4CL2.

  • Rakabash

    I like the album. My only complaint is that Royce lyrically mailed it in on some tracks like “Salute”. He sounded so boring and lifeless and “Killer” the only like that was good was when he said “Me and Joey are the Kottonmouth Kings”.

  • ChRi$

    GO OUT & BUY ASAP!!!,

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

    Production was one of my only 2 issues with this album (to that ends, I understand that they’re not on a major and therefore the big-name producers will not be in the budget), the other was that the album has zero album context, just a collection of HARD rhymes.
    Where the album does NOT slip, though, is on the rhymes, not in the least. Yes, if one has to say that there is a weak link in the group, it is Budden and that MIGHT be why he goes last on most songs. Ortiz came at this like he had the most to gain, and did so RIGHT from the beginning. Royce did what Royce does, and I merely transitioned from tolerating Crooked I to actually LIKING him on this album.
    That said, this was the first album of the year that I was looking forward to buying and did without issue (one week after downloading) and do not regret it one bit.

    • GIBZ

      wow u transitioned to liking Crooked on THIS album?? Do me a favor, go into the bangers section and go back to when he posted 52 weekly freestyles on a plethora of beats lol. That’s when I transitioned from tolerating to LIKING Crooked. Every week he came on here and did his muthaphukin thing. Trust me u wont be disappointed.

  • http://-- gaddic

    All of y’all Jay-z stans THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Just think about it If these cats had No Id Timbakand Kanye West and Pharell producing their beats
    This would go down as one of the greatest group rap albums in history!


    2bad they didn’t reach the classic level on this lp though but it was damn close not even one weak track!

    Crooked and Joell stole the show in my estimation (but not far from Nickel and Joey)

    Royce is probably saving himself for Street Hop-another potential classic!

    By the way Cuban Links2 is over-rated I don’t know
    Since the original was so good the sequel just
    couldn’t measure up- still quality Rae is back with a bang

    • yoprince

      c’mon son

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      @ gaddic

      Son you gotta be kidding me. That’s you, it’s all gravy, but damn.

      @ Phlip

      Some of the best wine is held back for years then cracked open. The only sequel IMO that shines above it’s predecessor is THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        I think Godfather II is the best piece of cinema I have ever seen so I’ll put that above the original…

  • Jhon da Analyst

    OB4CL2 overrated?? WTF??!! U gotta be shittin me. ^^^This fuckin’ guy

    • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

      Because it IS!!!
      Especially when explained as he explained it:

      “Since the original was so good the sequel just
      couldn’t measure up- still quality Rae is back with a bang”

      No, I am not saying that the album is wack, not in the least. In fact, the album is damn good — better than Blueprint 3 in my opinion — but it is nowhere CLOSE to the original. Wu Stans should be damned ecstatic that Rae FINALLY gave a good album after the abortions that were Immobilarity and The Lex Diamonds Story, but it stands to reason that the bad, no matter how un-listenable, is ignored and the good harped on.

  • j

    A must buy. This cd is the most “entertaining” of 2009 which keeps me going back. Slaughterhouse>BP3 ALL DAY LONG

  • 206

    Crooked I has been around since the late 90′s and early 00′s.

  • http://www.iap-tv.com Harra$$

    Best group Flo Dawgs/ Rock solid music! E1 Records Koch Distrubuted! Slaughterhouse okay but Block Addicts. Redicules! Church.

  • Rodjilius

    Rain Drops was a great track but yea the whole cd was nice the only track i could say i didnt really care for that much was Cukoo and even that was a pretty good track

  • latino heat

    people complain that the album lacked substance but then diss Rain Drops. the one song that actually had substance. i don’t get it.

    the only track i skip are the skits on here and even those are funny on the first listen.

    • GIBZ

      yep yep, I agree witchou Heat, they all complain but the tracks with substance are all there. Like u said, “Raindrops” is ill, but also “Cut you Loose” that song is about hip hop and its current downfall. “Salute” got Pharoah Monch on there (which made the song that much nicer) and that is a song about saluting the vets in the game. “Pray” is about them fighting their own demons. This album has plenty of substance!!! But hey opinions are like assholes everybody has ‘em

  • Q! tha Great!

    This album is by far the best album of the year so far!! It beats Eminem, Rick Ross, and whoever else. the lyric and flows are tremendous and the tracks are awesome too. Waay too many people are sleepin on this debut. I bang this from beginning to end and I haven’t did that in years! When u can play this on ya Ipod and just hit shuffle and repeat together, and let it ride, that’s the sh!t

    niggas reach into ya pockets and get this album if your a true hip-hop fan! you will not tbe disappointed!

    what up slaughterhouse niggas!

    oh, and XXL- Crooked I has been recording records since he was a youngin back in the late 90′s,before anyone in the group! do your research man!

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      He was on the cover of XXL in 2001. You think they would remember that!

  • c_realla

    Solid Album, I wouldnt say best of the year..everyone is sleeping on Blaquout (quik & kurupt) and ball street journal (40 water, the one who makes 95% of the words your favorite rappers use) but this is good disc. I was hella surprised how good they sound together

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Pardon my arrogance but Crooked1 been in the game 4 how long? Only Joell is.

  • Teddy

    this album was trash

  • Catalyst

    You forgot one of crookeds best lines is from Onslaught 2. “Dont make a n**** find your dame and make your dime gimme brains til my mind is drained listen, Dont make me grab a nine and aim and how your dime did me do your mind the same but different”. And as for “Rain Dropz”, some of the best lines are in there if you listen. Royce – “Im a product of when a n****’s mom gives up, cryin layin in the trash with the lid shut, aint got no family mymind is tender, my fathers invisible my moms is brenda”. Whoevers been sayin Hip Hop is dead prepare for the rebirth. SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN THIS BITCH

  • General

    This really was one of the best CD’s out this year…

    Someone above in the comments mentioned it, but when i listen to the this Cd, I listen to it from start to finish, which just doesn’t happen with 99%of CD’s…

    Thats why I disagree with the people who say that they were lacking substance or the ability to put a total CD together that was cohesive, because they did…

    As far as the production, I thought Focus and Alchemist dropped some gems on this CD and I actually like Mr. Porter’s production on this one, but was a lil disappointed with DJ Khalil, he could have done a lot better, but even with that being said there is not any tracks I skip on the CD

  • Nat Turner II

    The last album I banged like this (Slaughterhouse) was dead prez’s first album Let’s Get Free…now that was nine years ago…OBFCL2 is that shit…but I like Slaughterhouse better…AND OBFCL2 is better than the Purple Tape because of the variety in production…and it ACTUALLY lived up to the hype and was worth the wait…the only song that they could have left off was Killaz…Joell Ortiz showed his ass the most (which is sayin A LOT because as a solo artist his voice get’s on my nerves) but all of them shined…

    MY order of wrecking shit…
    1. Crooked I
    2. it’s a tie between Budden and Ortiz
    3. Royce Da 5’9″ and he rips shit…

    Bottom Line…this a CLASSIC album…best in years and can ONLY be rivaled by OBFCL2

  • BeerGangsta

    XXL is shitty with this XL. You give KRS1 and Buckshot L. KRS1 and Buckshot CD sound way better than these morons. KRS1 told XXL if they don’t put them on the cover of the Magazine this year. He said Fuck XXL! I agree! SlaughterHouse is shitty wack! CD did not sell 10k. That’s why they never say they Sells. They don’t won’t to hurt they feelings. LOL!!

  • dwi

    if you haven’t copped it by now. COP IT !

  • Chris S

    “i’m a kamakazi pilot, i stay fly till i die”


    This album is dope as Fuuuuuck

  • SuvioBlue

    i was hearin that the album was fire so i had my mans dub it for me. Its a decent album, def somethin to listen to thats it! nuttin special “cut u loose” is my fav joint plus theres a cpl other bangers thats all, just niggas spittin.

    idk why cats is comparin 4 cats rhymin to 1, Rae’s album is better than that shit as a whole…beats, rhymes, that shit has a cinematic flow to it almost like a movie on disc. thats the prob now-a-days dudes cant put a album together properly, with 4 talented dudes rhymin on damn near every track it should have a 1-up on OBFCL2, but it really dont…niggas gotta stop lyin to themselves!

  • adm21

    i kinda agree with what dude above is saying it really didnt have a direction too it but lyrics was on point but i still feel they are better than Wu lyrically and the album was better than Rae’s