News: Joell Ortiz On Competition Within Slaughterhouse , "If You [Don't] Bring Your A-Game, You'll Get Your A** Whipped" [Video]

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 4:35PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz recently reflected on what lessons he has learned from joining his four-member rap group.

Despite being in the rap game for a few years, Ortiz said he still managed to better his skills courtesy of joining Slaughterhouse last year.

"I don't think I take anyone's strengths, but I do say this, if you playing in a basketball league and everybody that you're playing in the league sucks, I don't think the team gets better," Joell explained to interviewer Jessie Maguire. "I finally felt like I was playing in a league where if you didn't bring your A-Game, you'll get your a** whipped. So my game just stepped up. I don't think I took anybody else's strengths but I will say I've learned some things. I've learned some booth tricks from crazy a** Joe Budden, I've learned to approach beats a little bit different dealing with Royce [Da 5'9] and I've learned some flow patterns from a f*cking lyrical monster like Crooked [I], so I learned some things but I didn't take 'em, I just soak 'em up." (The Maguire)

With their debut album being released last summer, Crooked I recently spoke on what fans could expect from the crew's sophomore project.

"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)

Budden recently spoke on the status of his group 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")

Royce detailed the importance of having their next move be joining a major label late last year.

"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)

Check out Joell Ortiz speaking on Slaughterhouse below:

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