Slaughterhouse Promises #GlassHouse LP Is Their Most Personal Work to Date

blame it on Shake March 20, 2014

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.

  • Djmanny2k

    I believe this will be their best album

  • who cares

    All I’m asking for is an album that rivals the quality of their debut. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same lyrical content, just give me something that’s as good as, or better than, the self-titled album. “Welcome To: Our House” was in the recycle bin after four or five listens.

    • Yakko Warner

      same here..i bought the hard copy and had high expectations for it but then pushed it 2 the side after a few spins..but i think this one will be their best work yet, lyrically and production wise

  • TruthMachine

    They already did this.

    It was called “Welcome To Our House.”

    It sucked.

    EVERY song was a concept, or about real life shit. Ugh. The only time they did that well was “Move On (Remix)”

    • Edvin Dzanic

      are you stupid? EVERY song was a concept and about real life? Throw That? Throw It Away? Coffin? Hammer Dance? Youre bout as ignorant as they make em.

      • Ill Son

        Right. And when did talking about real life, suck? Last time I checked, it’s called Hip-Hop. Or does he just listens to Heavy Metal and call it, Punk Rock, lol.

        • marty mcfly

          I’ll just say Slaughterhouse spent ALOT of time talking about real life. They made excellent songs for the last two years dealing with concepts and real life issues and people said it sucked. Just saying. I thought this time around they would just kick bars and call it a day because it doesn’t really seem like people want “real life” material from them.

          • MikeB

            Forreal bro. Remember when slaughterhouse first came out? That shit was epic! They all just when in. no concept no message no deep shit. Just bars. That’s when their at their best. Once they start making ‘songs’ they lose me. Each of them sound way better alone, they lose something in slaughterhouse. That ‘real life’ material is the best part of hip hop, but their shit sound so forced. Trying to be personal and still trying out rap each other.

          • marty mcfly

            Cosign. When I first heard they was making an album I’ll admit I thought maybe they should make full out songs with concepts, “real life” song meanings and all that but when they actually came with that people said it sucked. They then came back with more well put together songs and people said it sucked again. So to hear their gonna try it again, thats interesting. I get it though but I also think people are gonna say they suck no matter what they put out just because… It maybe time to just rap about bullshit and random shit thats not too deep but just sounds good. Its like when it comes to rappers with battle rap styles (Action Bronson, Raekwon, Prodigy, ALC etc…) sometimes giving people full out songs just dont connect with them. They just want something that sounds good but doesn’t take much thinking to understand. There albums had a little bit of both but again, people said it sucked. That could also be because Eminem really made their last album sound like one of his solo albums but hey… I think they should just throw random battle raps together and call it a day but Im still the kinda person that likes songs and I like “real life” shit as well. So when people say it sucks this time its cool.

      • TruthMachine2

        Almost every song WAS a concept OR about “personal” (aka real life) shit.

        Throw That and Throw It Away are obvious conceptual songs. Pretty gimmicky too.

        Coffin and Hammer Dance, less so. But both have a theme and typical song structure.

        My point is, the whole album was made as a response to “you guys just do rappety rap / freestyles.” In every interview, they talked about how the album so personal, and introspective, and each song had a concept, and was about something real, blah blah blah, and the album sucked. And now they’re saying the EXACT same shit again. Get ready for another dreary album full of plodding beats and sad Skylar Grey hooks.

  • marty mcfly

    I could be wrong but I think alot of people’s negative reaction to the other Slaughterhouse albums was partly because the music was personal. I thought this time around they would cut back on being personal and introspective and be more cold and emotionally disconnected. Either way its whatever as long as it sounds good.

    • Will

      I completely disagree with you. For the most part, Welcome To Our House was not personal. It was a medley of radio sounding records with slightly dumbed down lyrics. Even on the personal songs, there was something missing. Either a wack beat, a wack hook, or dumbed down lyrics. The only quality songs on the album were Goodbye and Die. That’s why the album received a negative reaction. The music was of poor quality.

      • marty mcfly

        I dont know man. I heard a bunch of in-depth personal shit on the album. I dont think the music was poor quality. I think fools want Slaughterhouse to sound exactly the way they say they should sound but the thing about that is your opinion on what sounds dope might not be theirs. The thing with SH is they have done what many other MCs get praised for doing musically but when they do it its like oh their album is wack. Em, 50 & G-unit, Luda, Redman, DMX, EPMD, Onyx, The Lox, etc… all have made records and albums that sound like SH records but SH for some reason is just looked at as wack off top if they shit dont sound exactly how you wanted to sound.

  • Chuck E

    To my knowledge, the tour was canceled, or, at the very least, the H-Town dates and surrounding area were.

  • Beard Gawd

    The Budden influence! WT:OH missed out on the personal stuff with the exception of ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Rescue Me’ (2 of the best songs on the album). Personally, it was cool to see them experiment on WT:OH (not that the results were all that great) but he biggest problem on WT:OH was the pop-ish label influenced sound and how disappointing Joell and Royce were lyrically. Crooked and specifically Budden, caught bodies all over the album.
    Anyways, looking forward to ‘Glasshouse’. With those producers and Budden, Crooked, and Joell finally back to his self (not sure what to expect from Royce since I haven’t heard a solo song from him in more than a year now) it’ll take A LOT to fuck this album up.

    • marty mcfly

      People say that album had pop ish influence on it but thats not what I heard with that album. I know what people mean by that but with Slaughterhouse I think they made some hip hop radio songs. To say its popish? I couldn’t say that because pop music has a certain sound and a certain kinda wording in the song lyrics as well. There are rap songs that sound popish but Slaughterhouse? For them to cross that far over to where they sound popish? I dont think thats even possible for them. I think people just dont want to hear anything from them that doesn’t sound like it was made in a dungeon under the deepest parts of the underground. People heard Cee lo on the hook and instantly said its pop music but I dont think the sound of that record reached over that far at all. It was just a rap song for rap radio imo.

      • Will

        Isn’t this what Slaughterhouse did last time? They spent months claiming how personal the album was, and then released a project full for songs like Throw it Away and Park it Sideways. Lets just hope they don’t do the same thing.

  • nickbododo

    Joell always looks so disinterested or like he is being forced to sit there.

  • interested to see how this project turns out…all four are ver capable emcees just a matter of piecing everything together correctly…have faith in the ears and guidance of Just Blaze