I can’t even begin to put into words my love for the Rap/Hip-Hop supergroup known as Slaughterhouse. Consisting of four of the most talented lyricists in recent history: Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz – they have made an uncanny impact on the hip-hop world in the past two years.
With tantalizing lyrics in every single song and an intense and high energy live performance, these 4 incredible m.c.’s give hope back to lyricism in the rap world. Personally, I’m a fan of every member individually but together they form a monster that have captured the hearts of millions of fans all over the world.
I don’t have to explain to you this, simply watch their Youtube channel and see the ruckus these boys have been stirring in the states and overseas in Europe the past several months. As they gear to release their second official album and first major label release, here are 10 facts about the hottest group in hip-hop:
1. The first official appearance of the group on a single track was in 2008 on the song “slaughterhouse” from Joe Budden’s free digital album release “Halfway House” which featured latin M.C. Nino Bless.
2. Their debut self-titled album was recorded in only 6 days in the summer of 2009, released independently through E1 has only sold 31,000 copies to date.
3. Their current record deal under Shady Records took almost a full year to complete, with reports hitting the public in March 2010 and official signing on January 2011. There were discrepancies between the group’s situation with E1 and Joe Budden’s situation with Almagam Digital which prevented earlier completion.
4. Every member of Slaughterhouse have been signed to major label’s individually only to be released shortly after. Royce Da 5’9 was once signed to Columbia. Joe Budden released his debut album under Def Jam. Crooked I was once signed to Virgin Records and Death Row Records. Joel Ortiz at one point was signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records.
5. Royce Da 5’9 is one of Eminem and D12’s closest childhood friends, but a falling out led to a public feud that would eventually turn violent, resulting in his arrest as well as the arrest of the late D12 member Proof. The feud came to an end while both were detained in adjacent cells.
6. Royce Da 5’9 co-wrote verse’s for Bad Boy’s Diddy’s single “Tell Me” on his album Press Play.
7. Joe Budden’s self-titled debut album in 2003 featured break-out single, “Pump it Up” which was grammy-nominated, featured in the movie 2 fast 2 furious as well as the video games: Def Jam Vendetta, Def Jam Fight for NY, and Madden NFL 2004.
8. At the age of 17, Crooked I started an independent record label, Muscle Records with Pro Football players Chucky Miller and Leonard Russel. This caught the attention that garnered his first record deal with Virgin Records in 1995.
9. Joell Ortiz revealed in Las Vegas during the 2012 Welcome to Our House Tour he is now signed to Shady Records as a solo act.
10. Only 20,000 copies of the group’s debut self-titled album was shipped to stores upon release; 18,000 were sold within the first week.