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Slaughterhouse Review

Posted by tyltempest on 08/11/2009

It’s amazing this album is even out.  Supergroups never usually get anywhere, let alone a simple collaboration album.  T-Wayne hasn’t amounted to much except for a t-shirt, and the Wayne/Juelz album isn’t coming out anytime soon, that’s for sure.  Slaughterhouse takes a complete 180 with this, recording their self titled album in only six days.  You may think they’re sacrificing quality, which isn’t very apparent, and if they are, then a little more time and they could have one of the greatest albums ever.  Onto the review.

Sound Off
9.5/10 – This is the craziest into track I’ve heard in a long time.  They all spit over a beat composed of blaring horns and just go off.  Joell goes off on this track and takes the title of best verse easily.  The only flaw is that Joe Budden can’t seem to keep up with the rest of the groups rapid-fire flow on this, but he holds his own.

Lyrical Murderers
9/10 – It’s just what it sounds like.  The members of Slaughterhouse spit over a sinister sounding beat to prove their namesake, and it works.  Crooked I takes the crown on this track, opening with lines “Lyrical murderer, blame Rakim/I’ma sniper, shoot my way into your lame top ten/pistol to your head if I ain’t next to Eminem/and I’ma bust it in your face like I’m fucking Lil Kim”

Microphone
9/10 – Similar to Lyrical Murderers, Slaughterhouse shows what they do with that microphone.  The beat is more minimalistic that the others, consisting of a simple piano loop, but it fits the track, and each artist spits a dope verse.  Joe Budden shines on this one, despite being considered the worst of the group.

Not Tonight
9.5/10 – A change of pace and production from the first three tracks.  This one has a more mainstream sound, using the same sample as Joe Budden’s own Now I Lay off of Padded Room.  That should have been an interesting recording process for him, but he definitely felt comfortable on a beat he’s already been on, taking the cake for best verse on the song.

The One
8.5/10 – The first single off of the album and still a banger.  The artists spit over the guitar laced beat sampled from Lenny Kravitz’s Fly Away.  I’m not a fan of the hook, but they spit dope verses over the track.  Noticing a pattern yet?  Crooked I is crowned best verse on this one.

Cuckoo
8/10 – There’s definitely a love/hate relationship going on with this one on the internet.  I wasn’t a fan at first, but it grew on me.  This is a punchline filled track proving how “Cuckoo” each artist is, and they don’t need a hook to show you.  You’ll hate it or love it, but I became a fan, so you never know.  Royce opens the song with the best verse.

Onslaught 2
9.5/10 – The sequel to the original Onslaught.  This track is crazy.  Dope production, and dope verses all around, but you should expect that by now.  Crooked I has the best verse on this one.

Salute
9/10 – Pharoahe Monch joins the part for this one, but he assigned hook duty.  The beat is nice and laid back.  Joe Budden opens this track, unlike the rest which seem to all open with Royce.  Their flow matches the beat, dropping the high energy seen on the rest of the tracks for a more laid back flow.  Joell spits the best verse on this one.

Pray (It’s A Shame)
9.5/10 – It’s a shame that Joe Budden is reduced to hook duty on this one.  That’s right, he doesn’t have a verse on this one, instead spitting the hook: “Lord can you please shine that light on my sons/they done sent you a million prayers, you ain’t answered near one”.  It’s a shame too, because this is the kind of track that Budden would shine on.  Here, Slaughterhouse is showing that they’re not all punchlines, spitting some reflective verses here.  Crooked I has the best verse here.

Cut You Loose
9/10 – Like Not Tonight, this one has a more mainstream sound, and an overall similar feel to that song.  The beat can get kind of repetitive, repeating the same sample over and over again: “You’re no good, I have to cut you loose”.  Other than that, it’s a dope track, like everything else on the album.  Joell has the best verse here.

Rain Drops
10/10 – I love this track.  It’s the best track on the album and one of my favorite tracks this year so far.  From the amazing hook to the dope production to the emotion-filled verses spit by each artist, this track is amazing.  Like Pray, Slaughterhouse is showing that they’re more than punchlines.  Crooked I in particular spits one of the best verses on the album, with emotion like he was possessed by 2Pac: “Every day it makes me sad, angry, mad/how you were sent to heaven’s sacred path/duct taped and gagged plus raped and stabbed/body draped in blood, what a fate to have”.  Amazing song.

Killaz
8.5/10 – Slaughterhouse breaks from the heartfelt stuff and goes back to the punchlines.  A track with the same kind of concept as Lyrical Murderers, they close the album well with a raw track where they all go hard.  Crooked I steals the show here on this.  While I felt that the intro could have been stronger, it’s a good track, it just feels like it should have been somewhere in the middle of the album.

Overall, this is easily one of the top albums to come out this year so far, and will probably remain up there.  The album could have done with more tracks like Rain Drops and Pray, but it’s a small complaint in an otherwise excellent album.

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