Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz has updated eager fans begging to find out when and if his four-member crew are still planning to ink a deal with Eminem‘s Shady Records.
Speaking on a Sirius/XL satellite radio broadcast, Ortiz said there was no doubt Slaughterhouse would slowly but surely be under Em’s wing.
“We’re right now in talks with Shady Records and we are going back and forth with some legal stuff,” Joell explained in a video. “Yes, we will be signing to Shady. Is it finalized now? No it’s not but it is in the workings. Eminem is excited, the group is excited so you can really expect a Slaughterhouse release with Shady Records. I’m excited about that because shoot, being a dude that came up listening to real lyricism, real emcees, Mr. Marshall Mathers is one of the top notch there. You understand? And for him to show interest in myself and my group, it’s just a beautiful thing and a blessing. I’m looking forward to that just as much as you — the answer to your question, ‘Are we going to sign to Shady,’ is yes we are and it’s in the workings right now so be on the look-out.” (Hip Hop Nation)
Earlier this month, Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden talked about recording music with Em.
“I feel like it’s not fair, because [Em] can do so many different things with his voice,” said Budden via JoeBuddenOffTV. “Everybody did they verse already. Em did his verse first, Royce heard it first, did his second, then Crook did his, and then Em rewrote his…Joell’s is done — but I think he might be rewriting his…It wouldn’t be as difficult to do a song with Jay-Z, because he’s just an incredible rapper. Eminem, he can give you 20 different voices, he can to 20 million different things in a verse. It’s not really about incredible rapping with him. I think I’m an incredible rapper; I put my rapping up against anybody else’s rapping. But it’s more than rapping with Eminem.” (Joe Budden Off TV)
Last month, Budden told fans when they could anticipate a Slaughterhouse Shady Records debut album.
“We are just about [signed to Shady Records]. It’s so premature. It’s four artists and a deal like that is just extremely complicated when you have four individual entities but the great thing about it is Em is just so passionate about hip-hop,” Budden told DJ Envy. “Everything that this group was formed around, he is in 200 percent support of so shout-out to him as well. Late 2011 [our Shady Records debut will drop], I’ll go on the record and say that.” (Power 105.1)
In August, a manager for Joell Ortiz denied his client was holding up the group’s label move from E1 to Shady.
“There’s a lot of rumors going around about how we’re jammed up, or we’re jamming up the Slaughterhouse deal,” Mike Heron said in an interview. “I think [this story] helps clear that up, as well. Joell is 100% free to sign with Slaughterhouse at Shady. We are 100% free to do whatever we want as far as Slaughterhouse is concerned.” (XXL Mag)
Check out Joell Ortiz speaking on Slaughterhouse/Eminem below: