News: Crooked I On Slaughterhouse Sophomore Album, "It's Going To Be A Step Higher"

Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slaughterhouse's Crooked I has confirmed plans for a follow-up to the rap group's 2009 debut and said fans should expect to take notice of their growth as a team.

While leaving some details a mystery, Crooked also reflected on differences hip-hop heads should look out for.

"I just think that first Slaughterhouse album, there was a time factor," he explained in an interview. "But, I think we were so happy and revived in our careers that we were like a machine. We went in there knocked joints out. Now, we've grown together even closer and we know how we work. I think it's going to be a step higher, without a doubt...I'd like to get some introspective joints, some more personal joints. My vote would be a couple more of those types of joints. It's going to be way more addictive than the first one." (Hip Hop DX)

Joe Budden recently spoke on the status of his crew teaming with Eminem's Shady Records.

"I would like that -- I think if that happens, wrap it up hip-hop," Budden told radio personality Tony Touch. "I'm f*cking great either way. I always said I would stay away from a major. Me, as a soloist. But the group? Let's f*cking go. Let's do it, let's show n*ggas how to rap. Especially having the best f*cking rapper in the world behind us. That's the important part, the [record label] and Interscope, all that's great. Eminem though? That's a different type of, see, that's a different type of rapper. That's like having the big brother that can beat everybody up." ("Toca Tuesdays")

Group member Royce Da 5'9 recently detailed the importance of having their next move be joining a major label.

"Right now, the focus is the group," Royce explained in an interview. "I'm focused on the group in terms of the next move, like with signing. Yeah, Shady is an option, there's a lot of great conversations being had and hopefully something like that could happen. Our goal is to put the group album on a major and get the real machine behind it so we can get that balance back in hip-hop." (Sound Session)

Last year, Budden explained the significance of rappers coming together.

"I don't know what you mean 'speak on it,' [laughs] I hope it happens!," Budden playfully 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)

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