News: Joe Budden On Slaughterhouse-Shady Records Deal, "I Hope It Happens!" [Audio]

Friday, Oct 9, 2009 10:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden has become the latest member to discuss rumors of his rap squad heading over to Eminem's Shady Records.

 Budden also explained the significance of emcees putting beef aside to join forces.

"I don't know what you mean 'speak on it,' [laughs] I hope it happens!," Budden playfull told radio personality Jessie Maguire in an interview. "I would be happy, happy as could be. [laughs] No man, the rumors have been going around and it seems to be the number one question as far as Slaughterhouse goes, like I said, I'm hopeful that it will happen. I would like for it to happen, uhm, but is it a definite? Is it confirmed? Is it 100 percent in stone? No, not at all. I mean, until that happens, I been in this industry a long time, and I'm sure aspiring artists can attain to this also, a lot of people make promises and a lot of people sell you dreams and often at times, things look extremely hopeful and they turn out to be the exact opposite. So I've learned to prepare for the worst and expect the best. But I certainly hope it takes place. I hope it goes down, I think a move like that would be a monument for hip-hop and not only that, there seems to be a lot of artists getting with that whole unity thing, instead of destroying one another." (Jessie Maguire)

While opting out of saying if a deal was on the table, Joell Ortiz did, however, recently explain the perception of a Slaughterhouse-Shady Records venture.

"Man, that would be a blessing," Joell said about bringing his team to Shady Records. "It would be a blessing [to have] a deal with someone of that caliber, someone who gets it. Eminem is a hip-hopper, hardcore. He would be one of the few guys that would 'get' [and understand] Slaughterhouse. It would be [fitting.]" ("Mr. Peter Parker")

Royce Da 5'9 previously discussed the future of his rap group and the importance of dropping their sophomore album on a major label.

"It's like, everything is so hypothetical right now," he said in an interview. "See like right now we're talking as if things are a definite. Like nothing is a definite, man. Nothing is guaranteed to any of us...I try not to think [like], 'Aww man if we go to Shady, man, Interscope...' It's about we been getting blessed [with] the buzz that we got, [and] what we been able to accumulate and accomplish in a short amount of time. That's all we really thinking about...We already agreed that we're gonna do another album. That's our decision. It's our decision on how much music we wanna do. Now, in terms of where it's gon' be at, we can't make that decision 'cause we can't sign ourselves. The only thing we can do is put ourselves in the position to build up some type of interest. And then from there, it's taking advantage of who is interested. We're gonna record as much as we can...And the interest in Shady, and any other label, is great for us. It's great. We appreciate it, and we just -- everything is hypothetical, man. But I would love to see that happen, not even Shady [necessarily] but a major label situation for Slaughterhouse." (Hip Hop DX)

Keeping details to a minimum, Royce said conversations about a possible label move had begun as early as last month.

"It's very much what it looks like," Royce said in an interview. "That's always a possibility. It's conversations being had, very good conversations. I just did an interview recently and they asked me to a address the rumors. I said, 'Rumors are what they are, people see things and they jump to a conclusion.' I never said it wasn't going to happen -- I left it right there in the middle. I think it would be a great thing if it could happen...I've been talking to Em and [his manager] Paul [Rosenberg] for a long time...With this particular situation, things are falling into place. Everything is in place where it's supposed to be. I'm very prepared [for] when the opportunity presented itself. It's a time where there's things they need over here and certain things we need in order to move over there. I think it's a good marriage. Like I said, I just hope it can happen." (MTV)

Check out Joe Budden speaking on Slaughterhouse & Shady Records below:

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