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I have been waiting for Slaughterhouse’s debut album, Welcome to: OUR HOUSE, since the day the group announced they were putting out an album. Having the release date pushed back numerous times has increased my anticipation to maximum level.
Welcome to: OUR HOUSE is going to be released on August 28th. Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5’9”, and Crooked I dropped a mixtape for the fans a week before their debut album release date. The mixtape is called On The House and was released August 19th. This 13-track mixtape is hosted by DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz and gives the rap world a taste of lyrical destruction. These four rappers are far ahead of any rapper in the game right now with their OUSTANDING rhymes, punch lines, metaphors, and similes.
Just listen to Crooked I as he abuses lyrics on the track “I See Dead People”. He raps, “The instrumental’s looping, I sit in a mental institution with screws loose in my temple, sending you simpleton delusions, Confusing your views with simple distribution the lyrics I’m using to abuse you.” Beware of the slaughtering lyrics when listening to On The House.
There is no such thing as a 16 bar verse when it comes to Slaughterhouse. They easily rap 50 – 60 bar verses in every track. It’s remarkable. Just listen to “Weight Scale” and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s so hard to pay attention to the beats because each rapper’s verse is CRAZY. The track “Weight Scale” samples Notorious B.I.G.’s “Nasty Girl”. Joey, Royce, Joell, and Crooked go real hard on this track. Personally I love Crooked I’s verse the best. He is a lyrical beast when it comes to metaphors and rhyming.
In the song he raps, “All these rappers saying they spitting hard raps before I buy that s***, show me the Barfax, I got a tongue like a sharp ax I got a ton of rhymes flyer than anything launching off tarmacs. This is how real it is, when I ghostwrite for n***** I’m speaking through them. I’m really just a ventriloquist, an iller lyricist, a hint of ignorance, a pinch of militant, a perfect description of what this n**** is.” The majority of the time Slaughterhouse’s lyrics do not tell a story or send the listener a message. I like this because they are focused on showcasing their lyrical abilities.
Royce da 5’9” makes this point clear in the beginning of the track, Juggernauts. “Hey, we ain’t really gotta keep going through this/ If anybody wanna rap circles round you my n****. We about to do it,” Royce raps. I interpreted this as Royce saying, “If your not going to drop superb lyrical songs, then let Slaughterhouse do it for you.” The hook of this song is a sample taken from 50 Cent’s song “Patiently Waiting” featuring Eminem.
Eminem raps on the hook, “The Juggernauts to this rap s***, like it or not.” This is Slaughterhouse’s way of saying they’re the new juggernauts of this rap s***, meaning that they are cruelly destructive and unstoppable. In my opinion, On The House mixtape is the best mixtape of 2012 so far. No one can stop Slaughterhouse! I am not even going to tell you which tracks to listen to because you should listen to ALL 13 tracks. You will be left speechless. I give On The House 5 out of 5 stars. Also, be on the look out for Slaughterhouse’s debut album, Welcome to: OUR HOUSE, which drops August 28th.