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Grammy Award Winning Producer Focus is a multi-faceted beat-maker who has transcended the essence of music with his seamless productions. After being enshrined in the history books for his Grammy-caliber production on Beyonce’s critically acclaimed album Dangerously In Love, Focus continued to prove his credentials into hip-hop. By teaming up with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, Focus showed that whether he dabbled on the pop scene or the rap scene, he had the capabilities to stand with any producer on any day. His production resume includes work with Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera in addition to dishing out beats for 50 Cent, Game, Busta Rhymes, Slaughterhouse, ScHoolboy Q and more.

As you can see, Focus isn’t a one trick pony. The producer’s immaculate body of work has earned himself countless phone calls from artists dying to tag their vocals over his beats. The producer sat down with us to break down the origin of some his more notable rap records and his overall score on the totality of the song as a whole. Hate it or love it, you have to respect his conglomerate. —Carl Lamarre

Grammy-Winning Producer Focus… On Working With 50 Cent, Game And ScHoolboy Q

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Slaughterhouse Show Promising Signs Of Things To Come On ‘House Rules’ Mixtape

Listening to a Slaughterhouse record can be incredibly frustrating. It’s often rather difficult not to get bogged down by the seemingly infinitely knotty and intricate raps that regularly trail off into oblivion...

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Slaughterhouse “The Re-Up” (Originally Published March 2011)

Having reclaimed the throne with the resounding success of Recovery, Eminem has recruited a remarkable stable of renowned MCs to revive his record label...

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Stream Slaughterhouse’s New Mixtape, ‘House Rules’

Slaughterhouse drops off their first release since their sophomore album, Welcome to: Our House .

The 10-track mixtape features the likes of AraabMuzik on production, which is perfect for the four-headed lyrical monster to do their thing...

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Slaughterhouse “SayDatThen”

Slaughterhouse is making their name ring loud after rumors of a new project made headlines this month. While we don't know the status of House Rules, the lyrical assassins hold us down with "SayDatThen...

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"Battle Cry"

Album: Free Agent (2011)
Joell Ortiz: "Battle Cry" was one of those special songs because my pen never stopped moving and that only happened a couple times in my career, where I put the first line down and I just can’t stop writing. "Battle Cry" was one of those moments. 'Til this day, even when I perform that, it does something to me. I watch the energy in the crowd escalate. I feel the chills and it just feels like something when the music comes on and you hear Just Blaze say, "J.B., Joell Ortiz."; something happens, and that’s just one of those records. It’s not my favorite track to perform, but it’s definitely one of my favorite moments in the show. That’s probably pound-for-pound one of my better displays of just wit, cadence, and aggression. There’s a lot of things happening in that 100 bars. "Battle Cry" is going to be one of my all time favorites.


Joell Ortiz Shares The Stories Behind 11 Of His Best Verses

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Incarcerated: June 17, 2005
Released: March 2, 2006
Amount Of Time: 258 Days
Charge: Involuntary Manslaughter
What Happened: After initially facing a murder rap in the 2005 killing of one man and the attempted murders of two others, Cassidy waived his right to trial by jury and submitted himself to the mercy of the judge, who declined to convict him of first degree murder.

Cassidy May Return To Battle Rapping

With the announcement of an Eminem-hosted battle rap event in New York City, and a new reality series featuring Slaughterhouse with a focus on battle-rapping, the battle style of MCing is creeping back to the forefront...

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Slaughterhouse Will Drop Their New Mixtape ‘House Rules’ Next Week

Slaughterhouse is finally coming back onto the music scene with a new mixtape entitled House Rules. The four headed monster consisting of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9, and Crooked I will once again assemble for a group effort for the first time since their 2012 sophomore album, Welcome To: Our House...

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Eminem Hosting Battle Rap Event In New York City

Earlier this year, Eminem and Slaughterhouse announced Road To Total Slaughter, a four-part reality series that would coincide with the formation of Total Slaughter, a competitive rap battle league that would give battle rapping a national presence


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12 Rappers Who Have Gone More Than A Year Without A Project

Well, 2014 is finally getting underway in terms of hip-hop album and mixtape releases, with the first two of our 25 Most Anticipated AlbumsScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron and Rick Ross's Mastermind—coming in the past 10 days...

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