From Rolling Stone Magazine:
In a backstage dressing room at Chicago’s Metro, the four members of rap supergroup Slaughterhouse – Royce da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I – are spread out on plush couches. Recently signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, the rappers will release their first album with their new label, Welcome To: Our House, in May. Later in the evening they will perform before a raucous crowd. For now, they try and relax.
Currently in the midst of a 50-city tour, the group members are visibly tired but nonetheless eager to talk about their forthcoming album. There’s a palpable sense of relief among all four men that the album, executive produced by Eminem, is nearly done. After all, the follow-up to their eponymous 2009 debut was originally slated to be released in 2010 but delayed by a falling out with their former label, E1 Music.
The additional time gave Slaughterhouse a chance to perfect their writing chops. “We didn’t have a time limit for this album,” Ortiz explains. “On E1 we had a deadline to meet, and that’s why we recorded the debut album in six days. This was more, ‘You guys fly to Detroit, sit with producers, really get in there and work on a record and creatively come up with concepts.’ That took deadlines off of our minds and let us be artists.” As a result, Ortiz feels this album is far more creative than their debut. “This is our chance to display how ill songwriters and MCs we are on a different level.”
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