Four member rap crew Slaughterhouse has reportedly clocked in a recording session with their soon-to-be new record label boss, Eminem.
According to Royce Da 5’9, the group were forced to step their lyrical game up with Em.
Royce detailed the experience recording the song for XXL. “That day was like a regular Slaughterhouse day on steroids,” he said. “We came in there. Just Blaze was sitting there. The beat is up. The beat is retarded. Em’s vocals were already laid. His verse is ridiculous, so you could imagine the kind of pressure that we was feeling…Just being back in the same room with him…when there’s no type of issues. that’s what I always focus on more. Just the actual friendship. I’m glad we back how we was…I was around when he was mixing [Recovery] a lot. Just being there. Not having to put in no creative input, just being in there like a fly on the wall, just soaking up game. That’s what I value more than anything.” (XXL Mag)
Fellow group member Joell Ortiz recently updated fans on Slaughterhouse’s delay in finalizing their Shady Records contracts.
“We in the ninth inning of it, we just keep changing pitchers,” Ortiz said in an interview. “I don’t know, man — it’s a lot of hold-ups. I thought on my end I was straight, but I wasn’t. We’re going back and forth with the people I’m working with. Joe [Budden] had some issues had some issues or whatever. The interest is still there. Everybody is excited about it, it’s just a lot of people involved in this. Four artists, four separate managers, label situations — a lot of black and white that gotta get settled for it to happen, but verbally, we’re on Shady! Eminem is excited, the whole group is excited. The world is excited. I can’t even do a show without somebody asking that. Without them being, ‘You ripped it, what’s up with Em?’ Everybody is waiting on this, so it’s going to happen. It’s going to happen. We got in the studio with Em already. We traded bars and stuff with all of us.” (MTV)
Recently, Royce said he made the first move by reaching out to Em’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, about joining Shady.
“We gonna make the official announcement and probably have a few release parties,” Royce revealed in an interview. “It should probably be done in a week or two I’m guessing. It was kinda mutual, I inquired about it, I sat down with Paul [Rosenberg] and it just so happened Em was listening to the album and was saying such great things about it and once it got on his radar, you know how Em is. Once something gets on his radar, that’s it. He decided he wanted to pull the trigger on it, he’s gonna pull the trigger on it. We were just overwhelmed because he knew how good I was, in his own mind, — but I don’t think he knew how good Crooked, Joell and Joey was and then that four-group dynamic, I just think he looked at it as it was refreshing to hip-hop, the same way we looked at it…I think it’s going to put us in a position that shows people we can be successful on a mainstream level too. I feel like we conquered the underground — we got an opportunity to reach a broader audience together.” (“On-Air Idiots”)
Last year, Royce detailed the importance of having their next move be 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)
Check out Royce Da 5’9 speaking on Shady Records below: