News: Slaughterhouse Turned Down Charles Hamilton, "I Was Supposed To Be The Fifth Member & They Know It"

Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 5:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rapper Charles Hamilton claims Slaughterhouse denied him an opportunity to join their four-man team consisting of Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9 and Crooked I.

Hamilton claims being in his early 20's did not work in his favor when attempting to become a member.

"Joell, Royce, Crooked, Joe, yall did me dirty! I was supposed to be the fifth member of Slaughterhouse and they know it. Me, Royce and three other people drove out to Jersey, kicking the breeze. I was like 'let's start a group.' He was like, 'Charles, you're on a major label.' He calls up Joe and I already had Crooked's number, so we do the illest conference call. Joe Budden says to me very sternly, 'Charles, we are not your age. We cannot afford a failure. And we don't want to be a failure and bring you down from your situation.' I said, 'y'all are representing hip-hop. Only way y'all fail, is if y'all don't spit.' Royce was with it, but I know the love is still there. If they're still on board, I'm with it." (VIBE)

Last year, Crooked I talked about Hamilton's potential in the rap game.

"My whole thing is, he needs to keep doing his thing," Crooked I explained in an interview. "The dude is a real talented guy. The Internet will try to cue you up. You gotta be wise to how you move online but on some real sh*t, the dude could be one of the most talented emcees that we got in our game today. And I appreciate him inviting me to be on his album 'cause I think I was the only feature on his album so I really appreciate that. The dude is mega super talented no matter what nobody say." (D Dot Omen)

Royce previously explained why there was not a Southern emcee in their crew.

"This sh*t is like a strategically built together puzzle," Royce said. "The puzzle could only fit four pieces...There's a lot of n*ggaz from the South that can spit. If I want just straight up lyricism, then it would have to be a T.I. or a Lil Wayne. If I wanted to go based off of Ol' G status, and who I personally like, I would say Bun B. I mean he supports n*ggas. He's been supporting n*ggas since day one. He's a real n*gga, not to say Lil Wayne or T.I. aren't, but like I said, to me, there's just more that goes into just straight up spitting. Yeah Lil Wayne and them n*ggas could spit." (Hip Hop Game)

The group's self-titled debut landed in retail stores last summer.

Slaughterhouse, which consists of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9" and Crooked I, made a soft landing on the charts this week debuting at No. 26. With seven days under their belts, the foursome's E1 Music debut has pushed 18,200 records to date. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out a past Slaughterhouse SOHH interview below:

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