As a full disclaimer, I was never a Slaughterhouse listener. Not that any of the M.C.’s were not talented but during their initial run the music was not what I wanted to hear, on top of the fact original member Joe Budden I was not a fan of. His voice was always annoying to me and anytime his name was coming up outside of music, he was having issues with people I was actually fans of musically. Myself notwithstanding, Slaughterhouse had a solid fanbase and that audience was waiting on a follow up album from the group called ‘Glasshouse.’ Unfortunately for the audience the album never came to fruition due to the group’s label situation at Eminem’s Shady Records and the “retirement” of Joe Budden. Enter this album which provides a bit of closure for the Slaughterhouse fans as it’s title literally points out. Joell Ortiz and Crooked I a.k.a Kxxg Crooked break down the “rise and fall of Slaughterhouse” in a forty-five minute record that for me was surprisingly entertaining. The two had already made an EP called ‘H.A.R.D.’ as they continued to keep the gears from not being rusty but obviously were lacking the likes of their two other Slaughterhouse members. For me the only other person needed for either of Joel and Crooked’s releases was Royce Da 5’9,” who had also been seeing a renewed interest in the albums and music he was releasing. ‘Rise & Fall Of Slaughterhouse’ can be a bit awkward as eighty percent of the album is describing the disappointment Joel and Crooked have with the break up of the group and more specifically their disappointment with Joe Budden. What makes the album work for me is although the theme is obvious the music is more of what I would want to hear from the crew which was provided by The Heatmakerz, D.J. Pain 1, Hesami, D.J. Silk and a touching song ‘Look Mama’ produced by Fong Sai U. ‘Rise & Fall Of Slaughterhouse’ can feel like the the “b-team” crying about not getting as much playtime but this might be due to HOP music never really hearing an album themed with the tragedy due to the demise of a group. Joell Ortiz and Kxxg Crooked make for a solid duo, while Royce Da 5’9″ continues to elevate his solo career; and ironically I am a fan of “media Joe” Budden but still have not been sold on his previous music as of the time of this typing. Don’t take my thoughts about this group as an outsider listening in but see if as a fan one can understand the rise and fall of this “super group.” What did you think of the album?
‘Vacancy,’ ‘Backstage,’ ‘Smoke’ & ‘Look Mama’
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