Slaughterhouse: A Short History

So let me introduce you to Slaughterhouse. For those of you not in the know, Slaughterhouse is a hip-hop supergroup formed in 2008. Joe Budden and Royce da 5’9″ had traded a few bars back and forth at each other but instead of launching into an all out battle, the 2 settled their differences and decided to work together. Eventually.

Eventually came when Budden was working on his mixtape Halfway House. He managed to place a stellar lineup on one track (ironically called “Slaughterhouse”) consisting of Detroit born Royce, Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz & Nino Bless, and Long Beach’s Crooked I.

Turns out that Budden, Crook, Royce, and Joell (Nino wasn’t made a part of the group) had a great chemistry and they recorded more songs together under the official group name of Slaughterhouse. In June 2009, the four came together to do the principle recording on their debut self-titled album in just 6 days. Released on August 11, 2009, the album was a small success for E1 Music but it mostly established the beginning of their cult following. For anyone tired of mainstream hip-hop, Slaughterhouse was a delightful alternative.

Fast forward to 2011. A few weeks before E1 released their Slaughterhouse EP, it was announced that the group had signed to Shady Records. Slaughterhouse shared the XXL cover with Eminem and another Shady newcomer named Yelawolf and the song “2.0 Boyz” was released. The Slaughterhouse buzz grew even more with their appearance on the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards where they shared a Shady cypher segment with Em and Yelawolf. The phrase “Hi, Rihanna” was born during Royce’s verse and was the talk of the awards show.

Which brings us to “Hammer Dance”, the first single from Slaughterhouse’s second album, Welcome to: Our House. Sampling Korn’s “Freak On A Leash”, the single is everything that’s not on your radio: 4 dope MC’s spitting to a dope AraabMuzik beat.

And while their June 12 release date is still a few weeks away, now is the time to get familiar. Cause this time next year, maybe they’ve sold a couple million records and broken up, you never know anymore.

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