With the long-awaited Slaughterhouse/Shady Records alignment finally signed & sealed, Royce Da 5’9 has weighed in on what labelhead Eminem expects from their first official release under his watch.
According to Royce, Em is granting creative freedom and hopes they continue the path they paved off their 2009 self-titled debut.
“It’ll be an honor to get Dre production, to get right to that,” Royce said in an interview. “That’s definitely somebody I want to try to work with if that’s possible. Our goal is to try to have [the album] out [in] 2011. We also want to take our time on it and get it right. The last album we did in six days…Em told me ‘Just do exactly what ya’ll did on the first album, and ya’ll [will] be fine.’ I’m sure at some point I’m gonna feel like ‘Yo, we need either a hit or something radio will get behind.” (Shade 45)
Prior its release in ’09, Royce spoke on the group’s debut being a hip-hop classic.
“Slaughterhouse is classic,” Royce said in an interview. “It’s what you expect from Slaughterhouse and then some. We actually making records. I don’t think a lot of people can say that. They’re expecting lyrics from the jump. First thing they’re gonna want to hear is lyrics. You’re going get that front to back. But you’re also going to get great songwriting, great song structures, great feel, all the group members show versatility with this album. Everyone just stepped up. I’m really proud of everybody…My dream album is an album that you can combine hip-hop with the streets. It’s not too hip-hop. It’s not earthy and happy. Then it’s street but it’s not so, ‘Oh my God. I’m gonna kill, kill, kill.’ There’s still a hip-hop element there.” (The Boom Box)
The project appeared on the sales chart upon its first-week of release.
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)
The Slaughterhouse/Shady deal became public record Wednesday (January 12) afternoon.
Eminem is back in more ways than one. The Detroit lyricist is reviving his Shady Records company, and Wednesday (January 12) he announced the signing of two new acts: underground supergroup Slaughterhouse and upstart rapper Yelawolf. Cashisand D-12 remain on the roster, but Em made no secret of wanting to bring new life to his company. “Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady,” Eminem explained in a statement. “It’s the new generation of Shady Records, and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop, and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun.” (MTV)
Check out Crooked I speaking on the new Shady Records deal down below: