Slaughterhouse
Slaughterhouse


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Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
August 20th, 2009 | 30 replies | 12,401 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yet another teaser for Street Hop - only this time not as cute.

The Slaughterhouse crew has been unremitting in their release schedule this year: from Budden's dabbling as a youtube "artist" and three-pronged release onslaught of mediocrity, to Royce's promising The Revival EP teaser, they attempt full circle cohesion with August's self-titled crew joint. Yet between four rappers that mesh well lyrically, it comes as a complete disappointment that this outfit fails nearly without omission at choosing complementary beats. Outside of "Sound Off", an opening fuse set off by an expected (but still incredible in its simple, yet rapid-fire consonant rhymes) Royce da 5'9" verse, nothing here lives up to the promises of revolutionary hardcore hip-hop as billed - save for some acceptable numbers with D12 stalwart, Mr. Porter. One can't help but think an EP consisting of these three tracks in lieu of the mixtape prelude would have accomplished a similar goal; without reasonable consistency on the production side, Budden and Ortiz are exposed for the mediocre wordsmiths they truly are. Slaughterhouse hearkens back to the early days of the New York hardcore underground, and it's a travesty that it does nothing more. With commonplace soul-influenced boom bap at the fore, compositions this anachronistic just don't cut it in 2009. While the previous paints an overtly negative picture, Royce and Crooked I spit some hot materials here to brighten things up. In the context that the Slaughterhouse brand is being whored around incessantly this year, it's especially surprising that Crooked I has yet to drop a solo joint. He absolutely should.

Beat-making incest is a regular occurrence in post-Dilla Detroit, and this is one record that would have benefited heavily from a large dose. Check out "Sound Off", "Salute", and "Cut You Loose" - avoid the rest and cop Royce's Street Hop when it drops in September.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 20th 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

meh

illmitch
August 20th 2009



5429 Comments


great review. i think most people knew this would be an underwhelming rehash of old-school new york stuff. it's depressing that new york has become so stagnant.

bastard
August 20th 2009



3435 Comments


I always thought Ortiz has his moments, and even Joe Budden occasionally, but Joe pisses me off infinitely more than Ortiz because of his consistently stupid beefing.

scyther
August 20th 2009



1606 Comments


Stand by the wrong man and watch your thoughts land on a fence

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009



15727 Comments


it's depressing that new york has become so stagnant.


it's the post rock of hip hop


Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

scyther
August 20th 2009



1606 Comments


New York's biggest problem is that they don't know what to do after Dipset turned them into the South. It's an identity crisis.

illmitch
August 20th 2009



5429 Comments


consistently stupid beefing


haha yeah. he never even releases funny diss songs.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 20th 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I wish def jux got more props in NYC.

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 20th 2009



3743 Comments


have a friend who can't stop jizzin over this one, it's not that bad though

illmitch
August 21st 2009



5429 Comments


i'm not a big def jux fan, but it's for sure way more innovative than NYC rap. it's just that i'm not as much of a fan of the style they're innovating i guess.

it's not bad, but it's nothing amazing. it's a re-exploration of stuff done 15 years ago IMO.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 21st 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

jux is nothing like rap 15 years ago.

illmitch
August 21st 2009



5429 Comments


i should have differentiated my points. i meant that slaughterhouse wasn't bad, they're just unoriginal. jux is definitely nothing like rap 15 years ago. my bad.

charlesfishowitz
August 21st 2009



1794 Comments


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illmitch
August 21st 2009



5429 Comments


we are brothers

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 22nd 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

it's sad how almost every royce line absolutely kills, but is complemented by a retarded beat, then followed up with an idiotic verse by who-the-f*ck-cares.

scyther
August 22nd 2009



1606 Comments


I care about Crooked I

just to let ya know, this is westcoastanostra
ever since Pac passed you thought the westcoast was over
but look closer and you're liable to find
My homicidal recitals the kind that inspire a guy to rewind


kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 22nd 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

ya Crooked I is talented, but I didn't find him to be a really significant force on this record.

that said, he really needs to drop a solo joint already.

Hollow
August 23rd 2009



263 Comments


soo Budden and Ortiz make it bad & Royce and Crooked I make it good so that's why just the medium 3?I haven't listened to it myself though.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah, basically, except i have a raging hard on for royce, otherwise this would be a 2.5.

Hollow
August 23rd 2009



263 Comments


I kinda dislike that group because of Budden anyway, I don't see why he attacked the Wu.



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