Joe Budden – Slaughtermouse
It was only last month we were hearing rumours that Joe Budden was about to go in on Royce and Em with a diss on his upcoming album. Royce even took to twitter to confront the fellow slaughterhouse member saying ‘I heard you dissed me and em on your album… you sure you want that problem?. Well either there was never such a track or Budden has thrown it in the trash because his latest track titled Slaughtermouse is an open letter giving nothing but praise to his Shady Records boss Eminem. Throughout the track Budden spits some emotional bars comparing his life to Em’s and asking the Rap God for some advice. He also gives praise to Royce and expresses how much joy it gave him to see him and Em get back together with Bad Meets Evil saying ‘When Bad Met Evil, nigga who was happier than me?/ You woulda thought it was my album and I was on that shit’.
Slaughtermouse will feature on Budden’s upcoming album All Love Lost which is scheduled for an October 16 release. The track is produced by none other than araabMUZIK who provides a chilled and somewhat spiritual beat which fits perfectly with Budden’s deep lyrics. If you’re loving this track than make sure you head over to iTunes and pre-order the album as you will receive Slaughtermouse as an instant download.
So it seems like it’s nothing but love in the Shady Records fam! Check out Slaughtermouse below and cop All Love Lost on October 16. I wonder if Em will pen a letter back….
Joell Ortiz – Hallelujah
Joell Ortiz is definitely one of the most underrated rappers today, the Slaughterhouse member has been spitting some of the dopest bars for years now however; he doesn’t receive the credit which he deserves. Whilst the Brooklyn native admits he won’t be going double platinum anytime soon we hope his upcoming project with beat maestro !llmind will create the merit it deserves. The duo will combine to bring us an entire album titled Human which is expected to drop on July 17th, followed by a tour starting on the 22nd.
We are yet to hear any music from the album (which is killing us) however; the pair dropped by the hotnewhiphop studios the other day and came up with this 3 and a half minute track titled Hallelujah. !llmind apparently came up with the beat in the studio which shows just how much of a dope producer he is, whilst Ortiz goes hard out spitting some lethal bars that is sure to get any hip hop fan hyped up for this album.
As mentioned earlier the album is due out tomorrow so make sure you buy that shit (don’t download it) and in the meantime check out Hallelujah below.
Eminem & Shady Records – Shady XV
Shady XV is exactly what we have come to expect from Eminem these days, the album features a few good tracks mixed in with a larger portion of average ones. Shady XV is not just Eminem’s album though, the record celebrates 15 years of Shady records and features tracks from past and present members. Disc One has all new material from all current Shady Records artists including 5 new Eminem Tracks whilst Disc Two features the best tracks from past and present members of the label.
Eminem gets the ball rolling with the opening track SHADYXV and I must say its one of the better joints on the album. Em goes hard out on this five minute explosion, spitting straight bars for the entire track not stopping for a single second. Unfortunately the rest of the solo Eminem tracks aren’t really worth talking about, Fine Line and Right For Me feature Em’s new awkward flow that I just can’t get into whilst Guts Over Fear has that Recovery feel to it which I’m sure the new fans will love however; the older die hard fans with find it quite disappointing. Die Alone sees a more slowed down and polished flow but it still doesn’t do enough to really raise any eyebrows.
I think its safe to say that Royce brings out the best in Em and this is evident on their Bad Meets Evil track Vegas. Both MC’s bring their A game for this verbal onslaught, you could say that Royce almost steals the limelight not just here but throughout the whole album. Psychopath Killer is one of my proffered joints on Disc One, the hard hitting track features Royce and Crooked I of Slaughterhouse and both of them spit killer verses. Em takes out the third verse and whilst he sounds dope it does begin to fall into that new flow where it sounds like he is trying to fit too many words into one sentence. Yelawolf provides the hook and surprisingly does an incredible job (this would be one of the only times I actually enjoy him).
My favourite track on Disc One is the Slaughterhouse’ DJ Premier produced Y’all Ready Know. Premo brings that boom bap sound while each member of Slaughterhouse completely destroy their verses. D12 make their long awaited return however; its a disappointing one. I was really looking forward to hearing some new material from them but to be honest after hearing Bane I think I would have proffered not hearing anything at all.
As I mentioned before Disc Two features the best tracks from past 15 years of Shady Records. 50 Cent makes five appearances with I Get Money, In Da Club, P.I.M.P, Wanksta and You Don’t Know which also features Eminem, Lloyd Banks and Cashis. After listening to their poor track on Disc One its good to hear some classic jams from D12 such as Purple Pills, My Band and Fight Music. Eminem decides to add his Grammy award winning hit Lose Yourself and on top of that he includes a demo version of the song that he supposedly found in the vault whilst coming up with what tracks to put on the Disc. Whilst the version we all know and love today is definitely better the demo version is still a cool listen.
Look overall Shady XV is an average album, Disc One has two or three tracks that will probably make your playlist however; the rest will live in the background of your iTunes and while Disc Two features some amazing tracks chances are you already own them.
Episode 4 of the Fresh Weekly features new music off Eminem’s Shady Records compilation album SHADY XV, there’s a new track from Aussie producers Flight Facilities featuring young gun Bishop Nehru, I also add a bunch of old school classics from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr, Beastie Boys and a whole lot more. As always sit back, spark a joint and turn it up! Enjoy.
1. Bad Meets Evil – Vegas
2. Diamond District – Lost Cause
3. Warren G – And Ya Don’t Stop
4. LL Cool J – Funkadelic Relic
5. Flight Facilities – Why Do You Feel ft Bishop Nehru
6. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gz And Hustlas
7. Jahzel – Faithful
8. Ghostface Killah – Blood In the Streets ft AZ
9. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
10. Flying Lotus – Masquatch ft MF DOOM
11. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
12. Kanye West – Family Business
13. Lighter Shade of Brown – Where You At
14. Slaughterhouse – Y’all Ready Know
In preparation for the release of SHADY XV Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf have turned the heat up by dropping some of the craziest bars I think anyone has ever heard. Crooked I kicks things off with a rapid flow, spitting straight fire which completely dominates the next 2 minutes. Joe Budden’s up next with a much slower flow however; he definitely doesn’t disappoint with a solid performance spitting real shit. Now Yelawolf has never been a favourite of mine and I don’t think his verse does much to change that. I just can’t get into him, his voice, what he says I’m just not feeling it and I will never understand what Em sees in him but hey that’s just my opinion. Joell Ortiz throws in a polished performance however; it’s not long enough for him to shine and have a proper effect. Royce shows that he’s a class above most with his packed metaphors and killer flow proving that he is one of the best out there at the moment. Finally we are left with six and a half minutes of pure epicness from the one and only Eminem aka Slim Shady aka Marshall fucking Mathers. Every line that Em spits is unbelievable, his flow in next level (especially the last 30 seconds holy fucking shit!) and his wordplay is just unheard of. Eminem truly is a rap God and this 6 and a half minutes proves that he is the greatest rapper alive! truly amazing!
Check the full CXVPHER below and be sure to watch from start to finish, I guarantee it will be the best thing you hear all year.