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SLAUGHTERHOUSE: Glass House [download] + Tour Info

Slaughterhouse is backFor the title of this next album, Slaughterhouse is sticking’ to the script, the “house” metaphor. They had Slaughterhouse, On The House and Welcome to: Our House. Sonically, their formula is simple: hard beats with four of the most lyrical wordsmiths each trying to outdo one another non every track. With the exception of “Goodbye” off of Our House in 2012, which was about loss of a loved one (remix featuring Fat Joe dedicated to Chris Lighty), for the most part, the quartet’s content has been 1 part street, 1 part slick pimp sh-t, 2 parts extra lyrical bravado.

But now on this new album, ‘Glass House‘, due out later this year, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz – are going to get personal. Crooked I told VIBE in a recent interview:

“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.”

Glass House will be executive produced by Just Blaze, but that doesn’t mean he is handling all the production. Just has recruited J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Cardiak, AraabMuzik and Illmind already and it is rumored DJ Premier may contribute to the album as well.

Slaughterhouse is currently on their Glass House Tour. I dare you to throw stones!!

Check the video and tour dates below.

Tour: GlassHouseTour.com

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Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (Trailer)

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Back in the days when i was a teenager… myself and GMS (MCMI co-owners) met Kevin Fitzgerald aka DJ Organic in central park at a summer stage concert. He was traveling around filming what would later become the critically acclaimed Documentary “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme” We introduced him to the MC’s we knew, took him to the events we threw and frequented, helped plug him in to the new york Hip Hop scene and even made cameos along with PackFM, Mr.Mecc, Substantial & PH – our fellow crew members from “The Plague” Flash Forward over a decade and a new documentary with the same great feel, love (and many of the same artist) directed by Ice-T is about to hit the big screen….

Synopsis:
Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers’ insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.

Be sure to watch Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme in Full HERE

Shout out to my brother Keith “Wild Child” Middleton for the assist!  

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Slaughterhouse: Monsters In My Head (Download+Artwork+Lyrics)

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This song was billed as “Crooked I – Monsters In My Head ft. Slaughterhouse“, because it’s on Cooked’s new mixtape, Psalm 82:6, due out in March, but it is definitely a Slaughterhouse song, as evidenced by the artwork as well.  Produced by Boi-1da, somber piano keys and a dark, brooding chorus set the mood for a “Stan” type story, but with only a 16 bars apiece, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Royce Da 5’9″ simply do what they have always done, deliver four verses that compete for your “who kilt it the most?” arguments. Rhythmically and metaphorically I think they are all about even, but Joe Budden’s verse at the end, for me, had the most emotion in the delivery, which I guess is really his forte. Budden’sMood Muzik” workouts certainly exercised his personal story-telling muscles, so perhaps the music of this track is best suited for his style, but I’m not mad at anyone on here. All the verses ended too soon, leaving me hungry for more from that particular MC. Still, something to engage us until Slaughterhouse’s Shady Records debut, “Welcome to: Our House” drops sometime in May.

Lyrics after the jump.

 

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Yelawolf, Budden, Crooked I, Ortiz, Royce & Em MURDER the BET Cypher (Videos+Lyrics)

 

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I have to say I was not impressed by most of the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011 Cyphers. I mean, there was some heat here and there – Mad Skillz, Busta, Luda and Kendrick Lamar all laced it, Lady of Rage had some ill lines, but there were a lot of lackluster verses in between these folks. There were also artists that I think are so dope, like B.O.B., Tech N9ne and Big Krit. I love these dudes music, I just didn’t think they killed it the hardest in the cyphers.

One person I was most mad at – was Chris Brown. I mean, Chris has most people beat in terms of writing, singing, dancing and just charisma and stage presence in general. I’m not downing him as an artist, but he could not hang with the full time MC’s who live it every day. He really thought he ripped it, too. (Sh. Don’t tell him.)

Most surprising person to see in the cyphers at all was british RnB sensation Estelle. I love her singing. Didn’t know she could rap. Wow, she killed it! Honorable mention goes to LL COOL J, who wasn’t even in the cyphers, but read a disgusting verse he penned on the way to the show on his blackberry. Sorry, young boys. LL is not getting aged out of the game just yet. His pen is still hot.

If I had to pick a perfect verse, every line hittin’, perfectly executed, not over people’s heads, mad relevant punchlines, just everything fittin’ like a puzzle, it would be the one guy who can’t see, Blind Fury, so mad props to him.

But the group who NOBODY could see that night … was the SHADY 2.0 Cypher!

This squad was filled with such known spitters that I knew they would destroy it as soon as I saw who was there, but even with the bar of my expectations set crazy high, they managed to body it even more than I could have imagined, in terms of individual verses, the flow of the cypher from one MC to the next and the combination of devastating flows added up together. This cypher truly showed what squad is lyrically not to be f@-#*! with this year!

When Primo (DJ PRemier) threw on the classic beat, used in countless MC Battles and underground cyphers, I just knew it was on. Yelawolf, Joe Budden, Crooked I Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem all tore it down! There were all mountains,  no valleys, on the landscape. My ears and brain were bombarded by intricate rhyme schemes, up to date references, amazingly original and refreshing flows from all of them. They also demonstrated the essence of a true cypher – a meeting of the minds in a circle – an exchange of ideas – a family of MC’s conversing, not just a string of artists each kicking a hot 16 in a row. People outside of Hip Hop might not understand that. A cypher is connections, not just cats rhymin’. While many of the afore mentioned MC’s spit some hot -ish, none of the other cyphers really felt cohesive. They didn’t have that dynamic of communication, which is what the cypher is all about. They just felt like each MC was waiting to spit their verse. Anyone who has ever been in a cypher know what I’m talking about.

So for the elevated lyricism, the natural camaraderie between friends and the most consistent amount of ridiculous flow and wordplay, it has to go to SHADY 2.0. This one is definitely a classic. Don’t believe me? Check your local water cooler and see which cyphernot individual verse – is being talked about.

And now it’s your turn to judge for yourselves. Read more to watch ALL of the cyphers and leave your comments below!

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