One thing that we've all come to know about the Slaughterhouse machine is that each member is a monster with their pen-game. With each of their previous releases (Slaughterhouse EP, On the House, Welcome to: our HOUSE) reiterating that fact. One thing I've always wanted was for them to use their talents in a more personal way. Hell, some of my favorite Slaughterhouse tracks are ones where they aren't aiming to have the deadliest 16, but rather fill their verse with emotion and real life situations.
Thankfully, it looks like that's the direction they are going with their upcoming album Glass House. With Just Blaze in the Executive Producer chair, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9" and Crooked I look to shed their tough exterior and let us into their own respective worlds.
Sitting down with VIBE after their performance at SXSW, Joe and Crook speak on what's to come...
"The content is what is going to separate this particular body of work from our previous efforts," says Budden. "As artists [we] go somewhere that we probably haven't explored as a collective in quite some time... When the album comes out a lot of people will be shocked at the caliber of music."
"Just Blaze created a Slaughterhouse of producers," says Budden, mentioning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Cardiak, AraabMuzik and Illmind as contributors. DJ Premier has also spoken on a future collaboration with Slaughterhouse. "Everybody in there just rocked out for two months and inspired each other. The music reflects that."
"We were going through different things personally in our life and it just shines through the music," said Crooked. "That's what's going to make it relatable to the fan. It's everyday struggles, everyday pain, everyday obstacles. You're going to go through a journey when you listen to this album. You're going to get to know Slaughterhouse a lot better. I'm hoping that we become more like a friend to the listener than [rappers] that they're listening to. The whole album is going to surprise people."
Before the album, the foursome will be hitting the road as part of their Glass House tour. Things kick off tonight in Boston.