Opinion: The Slaughterhouse as we knew it is now gone

XXL March 2011 Front Page

Today KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz dropped ‘The Rise and Fall of Slaughterhouse’ which didn’t include the other Slaughterhouse MCs Joe Budden or Royce Da 5’9”. Therefore, we easily state that the 4 artists will not drop any serious project anytime soon.

We know that Royce is in his mojo and dropping separate projects as a solo artist. Joe Budden is buys with his podcast and network. While Joell Ortiz have dropped projects steadily. The same can be said about KXNG Crooked. They have all worked separately … but has consistently teamed up on various of projects.

That’s why we can after this week and the fall-out after that with certainty say Slaughterhouse will not be revived or have an anniversary tour. The group as an entity seems dead. Even if Royce or Joe has acted differently about it. Since, they by all means are allowed to feel invested and part of it. That is legit, but at the same time… they haven’t tried or carried anything for years. At least how it looks like now to the fans, which I am.

I bought the first Slaughterhouse album, which was released independent and the Shady Records “Welcome to Our House”. That’s because I was initially a fan of Royce and Crooked I. These two had history and dropped projects, which I bumped back in the day. Some of those records I play to this day. Therefore, I got introduced to Joell and Joe Budden.

I never cared for Joe Budden and his rhymes. That is just the way it is, but because of Slaughterhouse. I started look into his discography and his later his albums, which he released like “All Love Lost” or “Rage Against the Machine”. While I have become a fan of Joell Ortiz, because of the group and now enjoys plenty of his albums.

That’s the value of this group. It galvanized the ones who was already popular and had a fanbase, but also got more people looking into it. I knew about Joell because he had signed to Aftermath at one point, but hadn’t really heard his music. Only read about him in passing the XXL Magazine. So, that proves the value of joining forces. That should be a lesson for other s in the future.

A group like this has an exponential potential not because of the names alone. It has superior possibilities and can advance their career. I am certain that I wouldn’t care or have listened to Budden or Joell, if it wasn’t for Slaughterhouse.

So with today’s release of the ‘Rise and Fall of the Slaughterhouse’ only cements the end of the group and the option of further releases. As we know Joe Budden isn’t on the mic for other reasons than bitch on the industry on his podcast. Royce is comfortable in his own solo career and with the recent success. While the two others can work together and prosper, but they will not become a new Slaughterhouse. No, they will just be KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz. These two are fantastic on the mic and can drop bars. However, they are the not the game-changer or the rappers who conquers the charts like that.

Let’s be clear, Joe Budden is an initiator and instigator. No matter how you put it and his the ones that burns bridges in Def Jam and Shady Records. He wasn’t even planning to honour his deal with Shady. So, it is clear from the get-go that he would be a troublemaker, which we have seen time and time again. He expect people to work and be loyal to him blindly, but himself has to have the upper-hand and get all the benefits of a deal. Like his more worth than the group. That’s how it looks to me. Yes, Royce played along, but they have all focused on own careers and this has become a back-burner.

That’s why we know the drill and the studio will not be filled with these gentlemen. That Joe Budden speaks of how he would “murder” and be “danger” on the mic. I don’t believe him. Last time he tried to instigate things, Drake didn’t even catch the memo or care about his bars. It was even more silent and less concerned than Nelly was back in the day KRS-One dropped his diss-record. Therefore, Budden is a bit high on his own supply.

Alas… we can all be safe to say. These gentlemen will not reunite or drop anything significant together. They are not in that head-space or searching for that project. These has moved on and their resolve is different. Some got more out of it and other found new paths after. That’s why we know that is done.

The ones hoping for Glass House. Some people are still waiting for Dr. Dre’s “Detox” and I expect the same fate over this one. We are lucky if Crooked and Royce can drop their joint records together. If Royce can be a big man and understand the hurt of Crooked too. Unless, the ego is to huge and he cannot overcome that. Since, we have seen how “hurt” and “pained” he has acted on IG during the last week. Therefore, it is hard to know, if these tracks will ever see the day.

So here we are… in a juxtaposition and we are ending up nowhere. The group left Shady, but they all signed out too. Some tried to find deals and avenues for releases, but the drive and edge to do so… wasn’t really there and that’s why we ended up getting the half-way project today. No one should be happy about this.

Still, this shows why communication, relationship and the brutal truth is needed. They are built with different teams and motivations. These MCs had their interests and their visions for this. Nevertheless, seemingly some of them felt it was unfulfilled, while others hoped for a final project. That’s why we are here and not anywhere else. Peace.

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