By now, fans may have heard Slaughterhouse’s stadium anthem track and next single, “My Life,” featuring Cee Lo Green on the hook.
Well, XXL recently asked the four-man contingent, consisting of Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden and Royce Da 5’9” how the Cee Lo assist came out for the second single off their Shady Records debut LP, Welcome To: Our House, due June 12.
“Yeah man, Cee Lo owed me a favor from way back,” Joe Budden joked and laughed.
“No, we did the record ‘My Life’ and originally there was a sample in the record and we didn’t want to lose the ambiance of the sample, so there was only but so many voices that we felt comfortable with on the record,” Budden put all jokes aside to explain the collaboration seriously. “We all wanted Cee Lo to do the record. Lucky for us, Royce had a relationship with him. He reached out, [Cee Lo] reached out and God took care of the rest. [Cee Lo] hit it out the park. We’re extremely grateful that he took the time out to do something like that.”
“It’s a huge look,” the Detroit MC said. “I had a relationship with Cee Lo. The fact that he’s still the same and able to work with people like us, it’s a beautiful thing. He hasn’t changed.”
Goodie Mob probably feels the same. Cee Lo, a permanent vocal coach on the NBC reality show, The Voice, reunited with Goodie Mob, his longtime crew, for a performance on the mainstream American show last month. That performance came months after he shared the worldwide Super Bowl XLVI halftime stage with Madonna in February.
“I don’t know if he’s even reached his pinnacle, but he’s bigger than he’s ever been,” Royce added. “So, for him to do that for us…it’s awesome. Real nigga points.”
Of course, Cee Lo isn’t the only big assist that Slaughterhouse is getting on Welcome to: Our House. Eminem has taken a very hands-on approach for this project, the group’s second overall album, but Shady Records debut.
“Em is putting in incredible effort with this album,” Crooked I told XXL back in February. “He’s arranging, he’s being featured on songs, he’s producing. He’s putting in just as much, if not more work, than everyone else as far as Slaughterhouse. If he’s not featured on it he produced it, if he didn’t produce it he arranged it, if he didn’t arrange it…when it’s all said and done, his presence is going to be felt throughout. He’s the fifth member of Slaughterhouse at this point.”—Mark Lelinwalla