Slaughterhouse (Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz & Royce Da 5'9) has given hip hop fans a refresh on rap groups. Years ago hip hop was dominated by various groups who competed amongst each other both inside and outside the group. Back in '09 the group released their self-titled album independently through E1. Two years later the group has found their way to a major label after being signed to Shady/Interscope Records. Before we are treated to a major label release, Slaughterhouse released their final release through E1, their self-titled EP.
The 6-track EP starts off with 'Back On The Scene'. This track reminds me of what it is that I personally love about this group. All four members deliver punchline after punchline and continue to show us why they work so well as a group.
Next up is the Mr. Porter produced 'Sun Doobie'. This track keeps the ball rollin' with more witty lines much like the first track. Still a solid listen. 'Everybody Down' may not serve as a high point to the album but none the less this EP still moves the group forward from their debut release.
'Put Some Money On It' is a remix of a track that can be found on group member Joell Ortiz' 'Free Agent'. The track features The LOX (Jadakiss, Sheek Louch & Styles P). On paper the collaboration between these two supergroups seem to be bigger then what it ends up being. It's not that the track isn't any good, it just seems that the production used could have been better. However, it would take a lot more to ruin this release.
'Fight Club' has each rapper going in one after the other multiple times. The power this group has is simple. For any artist or lyricist, it's music like this that has you coming up with your own material during every listen.
'Move On' is another high point in the album and ends off the project perfectly. Each member of the group relives the struggles that they all dealt with during their times with major labels. My personal favorite verse is Royce Da 5'9's verse explaining the fallout with Shady. All in all it's great track leaving fans with high hopes to their new found home with Shady Records.
The Slaughterhouse EP is definitely worth checking out! Make sure you stay posted on their releases with Shady/Interscope.
Final Rating: 8/10 Great