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Nov 18, 2012Before everyone gets mad, I am a honest to god Slaughterhouse fan. I have their debut album as well as various solo albums. I thought they were a very strong rap clique focused on furious lyricism and with the boost from Eminem, they had the potential to be in the same league as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, The Roots and many more in the "legendary rap group category." With a strong EP fromBefore everyone gets mad, I am a honest to god Slaughterhouse fan. I have their debut album as well as various solo albums. I thought they were a very strong rap clique focused on furious lyricism and with the boost from Eminem, they had the potential to be in the same league as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, The Roots and many more in the "legendary rap group category." With a strong EP from Bad Meets Evil and an amazing job at the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher.
But this? This was nothing I expected, I mean this is bad. Very, VERY BAD! I mean not K-Fed level bad. But bad nonetheless. Where do I begin? First off, the production. Yes, I know the production should take passenger side to the lyrics. But these beats sound like leftovers from Recovery, they are as poppy as Lasers. The only songs that sound like traditional Slaughterhouse songs are Hammer Dance, Coffin & Die. Aside from that, songs like Park It Sideways & My Life are just too sugary for me. I'll admit I liked the title track song, probably because it has the only Eminem verse on this album, it's the only Alex Da Kid beat where it's not too poppy, and the only Skylar Grey hook that's not too emo. Speaking of hooks, what the **** is up with these trashy hooks? Cee-Lo is on the song My Life to give you a hook where he drops multiple f-bombs on you (where have I heard that before?), Swizz Beatz is as awful as ever on Throw It Away, Eminem sounds bored as hell on both Throw That & Asylum and Skylar Grey (again) sounds emo on Rescue Me. On Goodbye, Joe, Crooked and Joell all give very personal, very touching verses and then some anonymous singer delivers the worst hook on the album. Aside from that Flip A Bird, Throw It Away and Frat House are obvious reaches for the club and on the song Our Way (another song I liked), they had the balls to say they didn't compromise their integrity. But to be fair, that could be true, maybe they wanted this all along. But the On The House mixtape proves otherwise, pretty much delivering the album that should've been. I would've happily paid money for that mixtape over this. You might ask why I've talked so much about the hooks and choruses on the album, when Slaughterhouse were always about lyrics. Well that's because the lyrics are practically non-existant, because they are drowned out by hooks & beats that never should've been there in the first place.
Sorry if this was too long winded, it's just that I respect Slaughterhouse too much to let them become everything they stood against. Say whatever you want about Radioactive, but at least Yelawolf, for the most part, kept true to his Trunk Muzik sound. But here, there's very little redeemability and a definite dissapointment.… Expand
Q MagazineNov 21, 2012It's executive producer Eminem and his tin ear for a beat who dominate the LP's direction--or, rather, lack of it. [Dec 2012, p.112]
The SourceOct 25, 2012Slaughterhouse's debut album has plenty of cuts that should satisfy their old fans and at least a few that should attract new ones. [#255, p.96]