Slaughterhouse. A collective of the Hip Hop’s core sound coming at you four times bigger better and louder. With this “Welcome to Our House” the group’s second album, this EP is swinging at us hard at all angles. Ortiz, Da 5’9, Budden and Crooked I has out to together a who gon stop us now fire EP that will blow the minds of all that secretly thought they wouldn’t come back as strong as they have.
From the moment the first couple beats come into play, you already can feel that they are not playing around. With the head honcho Eminem going 100% on the tracks that he features on throughout the production the foursome’s family is a bond not to mess with. Apart from the media controversy that tried to slow and suppress the climb that the crew took on when it came with pushing the progress bar, on the Shady Records roster, there ain’t no moving them now. This album tells the story of their hustle to something better. And every title, is almost a subliminal of every point in that process that became a pinnacle priceless moment that gave them the sixteen bars each to remind them and inform us of how it really went down from their memories.
“Coffin” and “Life” are first insights of the highs and lows in the journey. With Bussa Buss and his aggravated gravel bars going in on the everyone that didn’t expect Slaughterhouse to be where they are now, he blatantly lets us know where we can head, as in no time soon will they be looking back on any of y’all to see if you still behind the crew. Where “Life” allows Mr Cee Lo Green to take that celebratory tone all the way to the top of the affirming “were back track”. Production wise the beats are hard core and you can tell that this EP was in no way rushed before it’s time, regardless of how great the mixtape “On The House” was. And that in itself was another masterpiece. Especially for the fact that we all know how mixtapes goes. Bring the fire in its highest rage, to give it to us fully so you know that when you hear the commercial drop, no one is running down the commercial line to get that accreditation. That “On The House” mixtape said it all and what strengthens this EP is the way that they were able to keep the raw honest content to depict the truth and nothing but the truth.
With an interlude of a few tracks easing the tone “Flip A Bird” and “Goodbye” brings us right back in hook line and sinker. From women to drugs using up tempo tracks to share without having to re-live the turmoil’s of being too close, to losing a love, each rapper takes a couple of bars to reveal the unexpected of them from all different walks throughout their lives. What has made this a honour into “Welcome To Our House” is the fact that lyrically this EP is packed with the crew’s own stories, that has been cleverly chopped up in sections to give us time to digest into our Hip Hop stomachs. The Slaughterhouse gang successfully feeds the soul, and fill us up with that fulfilling delight of satisfaction. In no way do you feel shortened as you can just hear how much they appreciate their artistry especially in “Our Way”.
Sometimes we all forget that without our past, we are nothing in the now and what is to come for the future. They broke down DJ Khaled’s track “Hip Hop” to a T. But with Slaughterhouse, signing with Eminem’s record label was a statement saying to us all “look what the industry try to do Em”, but with a hard hat to buck all the negativity out the way, we all know Eminem as one of the illest lyricists to grace the Hip Hop generation. And so to be on this roster gives them a standard to upkeep as longevity truth and what life brings the ups downs, the highs and lows is what real Hip Hop depends on to stay alive and hungry for more.
Top 3 tracks: Goodbye, Coffin (featuring Busta Rhymes) and Our Way
Must Have: When buying “Welcome to Our House” get the “On The House” mixtape too. You will not be disappointed.
Ratings: 9/10 As a group collective this is one exceptionally hot album of the year. Hip Hop needed to be replenished from the core. And Slaughterhouse bought it.