Friday Showdown – Artist Review – Slaughter House

Slaughterhouse (group)

Origin – Long Beach, California
Jersey City, New Jersey
Brooklyn, New York
Detroit, Michigan
Genres – Hip hop
Years active – 2008–present
Labels – Shady, Interscope
Associated acts – Eminem, Mr. Porter, Skyler Grey
Members –
Crooked I
Joe Budden
Joell Ortiz
Royce da 5’9″
Slaughterhouse is a hip hop supergroup consisting of rappers Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5’9″. They are currently signed to Shady Records under Interscope. They have released two studio albums as a group, the independently released Slaughterhouse and Shady Records backed, Welcome to: Our House.


2008: Start

The group formed in late 2008 after Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5’9″, and Joe Budden appeared on the song “Slaughterhouse” from Joe Budden’s album Halfway House. They decided to form a group, and named the group after the song. The members of Slaughterhouse all share some degree of controversy from their past in the music industry. All four address these issues in the song “Move On”, informing any interviewers out there that their pasts are behind them and that questions pertaining to these events are not relevant.

2009–2010: Debut album

Their self-titled debut album was released on August 11, 2009 on E1 Music. The album was reportedly recorded over a six-day period in early June. The album features production from Focus,[1]The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, StreetRunner and Mr. Porter of D12.[2] On June 18, 2009, the first street single off the album was released via Joe Budden’s Twitter account. The track was “Woodstock (Hood Hop)” and features M.O.P. on the hook.[3][4] The first official single from the album was “The One”. A second video for the song Microphone has also been released in late 2009. A video directed by Rik Cordero.

Their debut album sold 18,000 copies in its first week (Only 20,000 copies were shipped to stores).[5] As of September 5, 2009 the album has sold 31,000 copies.[6]

The group initially planned for their second album to release in 2010,[7] tentatively named by Crooked I as No Muzzle.[8] In late 2009, however, Royce da 5’9″ confirmed talks between the group and Shady Records,[9][10] stating that he felt their second album should be released on a major label.[11]

2011–present: Shady Records, & Welcome to: Our House

Rumors of a Shady Records/Slaughterhouse signing increased exponentially, eventually. In March 2010, Joell Ortiz posted a rant on Twitter denigrating E1 Entertainment for blocking Shady negotiations, implying that another party was involved as well. Responding to a disgruntled Amalgam Digital executive’s allegations against him, Joe Budden confirmed that complications regarding E1 and Amalgam were the reason the deal had not been completed previously.[12] Royce da 5’9″ would later name-drop Shady Records in a Bar Exam 3 freestyle,[13] and the group released a song entitled “Beamer, Benz or Bentley (ShadyMegaMix)”, while still with E1.[14] Slaughterhouse, minus Joe Budden, were featured on the iTunes deluxe edition of Eminem’s Recovery album on the track “Session One”, while also still with E1. The group also featured in “Loud Noises” on Hell: The Sequel, a collaborative EP between Royce and Eminem.

Plans to release an EP were revealed by HipHopDX in their Rap Release Dates update in June 2010, tentatively titled Slaughterhouse EP.[15] The EP was released on February 8, 2011, with four new tracks and two remixes by their DJ Frequency of tracks previously released.

On January 12, 2011, it was confirmed that the group officially signed to Shady Records along with Yelawolf. Both acts appeared along with Eminem on the cover of XXL magazine’s March 2011 edition.[16]

On July 7, 2012, Royce announced in an interview with Jenny Boom Boom that the group will release a pre-album mixtape around the first week of August. A new single “Throw It Away” produced by Swizz Beats, will be off the album “Welcome to: Our House”.[17] Joe Budden revealed via Twitter that the mixtape is called “On The House” and will be hosted by DJ Drama.[18] A promotional video for the mixtape was released on August 6, 2012 and previewed a song called “See Dead People”, with confirmed guest appearances on the mixtape by Eminem and Black Hippy.[19] Rapper Sauce Tha Boss, signed to Crooked I’s COB label, claimed via Twitter that the mixtape will drop on Friday, August 10, 2012.[20] This, however, did not occur. Royce Da 5’9″ released the cover art for the mixtape through Twitter on August 7, 2012.[21] On August 16, Slaughterhouse released a new track, “Truth or Truth”.[22] The Mixtape On the House was released on Aug.19th.[23]

Slaughterhouse released their second studio album Welcome to: Our House, the first to be released under Shady Records, on August 28, 2012.[24] As of November 23, 2012, it has sold 146,000 copies in the US. Budden has admitted to the group abusing substances during the recording of the album however saying the whole group is sober and ready for their third album.[25] In May 2013 Slaughterhouse confirmed that they had put their solo projects on hold, and had begun recording for their third studio album.[26] The album will be executive produced by Just Blaze and also contain production by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and AraabMuzik.[27]


Main article: Slaughterhouse discography
Studio albums

2009: Slaughterhouse
2012: Welcome to: Our House
2013: TBA
Extended plays

Slaughterhouse EP (2011)

On the House (2012)

Red Everything Movement


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