Title: Welcome To: OUR HOUSE
Label: Shady Records / Interscope
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
The year is 2008 and the internet is buzzing with rumors about 4 of the most lyrical emcees alive collaborating to create a single hip-hop super-group. Up and comer Joell Ortiz is catchin’ rec on every respectable hip-hop website that you may frequent. Joe Budden has an unmatched cult following and his fans value his Mood Muzik series of mixtapes as much as they would any one of their classics. Royce Da 5’9 has proven to be one of the most consistent rappers with quality verse after quality verse for anything he may appear on. In terms of skill, Crooked I is king of the West with a flow and command of multies that any region would love.
Come 2009, the dream group is formed and the World is introduced to Slaugherhouse with a debut album that delivers everything we’d expected from these modern legends. With the hip-hop game in the toilet and a focus on whack lyrics, ice, and money, Slaughterhouse is shaping up to be rap’s savior with their Horseman formation. The album is received very well, the community is listening, and Eminem is reportedly looking to sign the group to Shady Records. The world had not seen a single hip-hop unit with this much combined talent since the Wu-Tang Clan and with Eminem’s backing, they are destined to succeed in their quest to save the genre.
Slaughterhouse, the Super Group, the Machine, House Gang… After a strong debut (to true fans, not sales-wise), would they be able to put together an equally lyrical album while trying to live up to the hype surrounding their Shady deal and still achieve commercial success?
I approached this review in a different manner than I normally would. I figured there would be so much dopeness on this album that the best way to thoroughly review it for y’all would be to dissect each record and let ya know which Quarter of the Slaughter took each one.
Well after 2 listens I changed my mind… for 2 reasons. 1: The album wasn’t filled with the pure Slaughterhouse heat I expected. 2: Crook and Budden (although I felt Joe was shorted with verses) pretty much washed the other half of the Slaughter from beginning to end.
Now to the music… There’s 20 tracks total on the Deluxe Edition. With 2 skits, that leaves 18 songs. Of 18, there’s about 10 Standout tracks. Yes, I said 10! The group seems to shine when they discuss their personal problems, which makes sense if you listen to each members solo work. On tracks “Our House”, “Flip A Bird”, “Rescue Me”, “Goodbye” & “The Other Side”, the members describe the tough times they’ve endured, and they do so better than most. On “Get Up”, “Our Way” & “My Life”, the House Gang show us just how high the ladder to success was for them to climb. Then there’s the club bangers”Coffin” & “Hammer Dance”. Witty lyrics, dope beat and hook. Perfect song to catch the ears of the youth. “Die” is another solid effort from the group, where they get to show new fans their gritty side.
Aside from those 10 tracks, there’s still some tracks that the basic fan would enjoy. “Frat House” & “Park it Sideways” are fun. On “Asylum”, where the group does their trademark Psycho-Flow, I was a bit disappointed not to get a Budden verse. (Budden fans will see the hypocracy in that)
Every album has a track or two you have to skip. On “Throw That”, Eminem provides the hook “I’ll throw this dick on you girl” and the gang follows thru with equally unbearable lyrics to provide the worst track on the album. Today, when an album has a good budget behind it, Swizz Beatz is normally the culprit behind that track. And he succeeds again on “Throw it Away”.
This album is solid whether it moves units or not. If you compare it to their debut album, you’ll be disappointed. Crook held shit down and made this album. Although Joe’s stellar performance was on par with fans’ expectations, the lack of mic time not only hurt the album, but diminished Joe’s chance to impress new Slaughterhouse fans. Joell & Royce came in a close 2nd & 3rd, which is weird seeing how Ortiz outshined everyone on their debut. Being such a big Royce fan, I was disappointed. But he reminds me why he’s one of my favorites on a few tracks. His unorthodox flow works perfectly on “Die” & “Our House”, and his passion is prevalent on “The Other Side”.
By: @TrisTheBarber and @Embelievable1
Final Grade: B
1. The Slaughter (Intro)
2. Our House feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey
3. Coffin feat. Busta Rhymes
4. Throw That feat. Eminem
5. Hammer Dance
6. Get Up
7. My Life feat. Cee-Lo Green
8. We Did It (Skit)
9. Flip A Bird
10. Throw It Away feat. Swizz Beatz
11. Rescue Me feat. Skylar Grey
12. Frat House
14. Park It Sideways
16. Our Way (Outro)
Deluxe Edition (Bonus Tracks)
17. Asylum feat. Eminem
18. Walk Of Shame
19. The Other Side
20. Place To Be feat. B.O.B.