Slaughterhouse‘s Joe Budden has said a label move to Eminem‘s Shady Records is nearing completion.
Budden said his rap crew is now in the middle of negotiations.
“Naturally we want to be there,” Budden said about heading to Shady Records. “I think we’ll fit in. There’s negotiating but I really don’t want to talk about it because everybody’s been through so much when you promise things and they’re presented to you and they don’t go through for whatever reason. I think it’s done enough for us to go ahead and say it’s just about done…Ultimately, Joe Budden wants to be unsigned. I don’t want to be signed to anyone. I don’t want to have any contractual obligations anywhere. I want to have Slaughterhouse riding with Eminem and everybody over there and I just want to be [unsigned.]” (“On Air Idiots”)
Last December, Budden thought about the possible aftermath of signing to Em’s label.
“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 previously detailed the importance of having their next move by 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)
Royce also confirmed plans to drop a follow-up project to the group’s self-titled 2009 debut last year.
“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…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.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out Joe Budden’s interview below: