I can’t say I’m surprised to hear this, but it’s still a bit disheartening.
Slaughterhouse — which, as you know, consisted of Joe Budden, KXNG Crooked, Royce 5’9″ and Joell Ortiz — hasn’t really put out a project since 2014’s House Rules mixtape, which was supposed to serve as a prelude to their album Glass House (for those wondering, the album does exist: I’ve heard it). However, Joe essentially deactivated his rap career following 2016’s Rage & The Machine) and save for the vaulted “Chopping Block” on Royce’s Bar Exam 4 tape in 2017 Slaughterhouse hasn’t really done much since.
Well, now any hopes of anything from them seem in more dire, as KXNG Crooked took to Instagram to announce that he has left the group. “I’m no longer a part of Slaughterhouse,” he begins. “I’m no longer a part of that collective. It ain’t no beef. It’s all love. I wish them dudes nothing but success. I mean that. Ain’t no problems with Shady.”
“I’ve been sober for two years,” he continues. “Let me tell you a secret: sober Crook likes to rap. And the group ain’t rapping no more and that’s fine. It was fun while it lasted.” He also spoke on the whereabouts of their third album too. “Glass House, I have no clue. All I can tell you, it exists. If it comes out, I’ll retweet it. Other than that, it’s all love. Everybody who supported me in Slaughterhouse, thank you.”
Before anybody starts clamoring about beef, Joell even took to Twitter to confirm that there is none.
I can respect that @CrookedIntriago Love you my bro. The Yaowas still always one call way. Music or non-music my G. 💯
— Joell Ortiz (@JoellOrtiz) April 21, 2018
So… the end of an era. Or something.