The word “slaughterhouse” usually doesn’t bring positive connotations, but in this case it does. That’s because Slaughterhouse is the name of both hip-hop supergroup and its debut full-length.
Formed in late 2008, the group features the talents of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5’9″, and Crooked I. If this doesn’t mean much to you then, take our resident hip-hop expert Michael Denslow’s word for it. He described this foursome as “the best collective of M.C.s since the Wu-Tang Clan,” a claim which has since been backed up thanks to a slew of leaked songs that have hit the web in recent months and a successful stint at this summer’s Rock the Bells.
On August 11th, Slaughterhouse will look to cap off this successful summer with the release of its self-titled debut. Due for release via E1 Entertainment, the 15-track effort was produced by a bounty of high-profile names, including Emile, Streetrunner, Focus, and DJ Khalil. It also features two equally impressive guests, as both Pharoahe Monch and Novel are set to appear.
“We stayed true to what were known for, but ended up with records that I think radio will fuck with,” Royce da 5’9″ explained in a recent interview with XXLmag.com. “All four of us can make records, so when we get together, what do you think we gon do? Its definitely not going to just be us kicking verses back to back to back for a whole album its going to be bigger than people see.”
Check out the album’s first single, “The One”, below. Tracklist after that…
01. Sound Off
02. Lyrical Murderers
04. Not Tonight
05. The One
06. In The Mind Of Madness (skit)
08. The Phone Call (skit)
09. Onslaught 2
10. The Phone Call 2 (skit)
11. Salute (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
12. Pray (its A Shame)
13. Cut You Loose
14. Rain Drops (feat. Novel)