Slaughterhouse Interview with Lauren Benzo on

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                          ***Originally Released on in July of 2009***

On a hot summer day, I am doing press coverage at a hip hop music festival called “Rock The Bells”. As I stand in the shade, I see a familiar face of a man I have met a few years ago in New Jersey. Then one familiar face turns into four. May I introduce you to Slaughterhouse? Who is Slaughterhouse, you ask? Well, Slaughterhouse came together only 10 short months ago when hip-hop artist Joe Budden was working on a song for his “Halfway Housealbum and enlisted the services of California native Crooked I, Brooklynite Joell Ortiz, and Motor City’s own Royce da 5'9" for a song called “Slaughterhouse”. Inspired by the vibe of the “Slaughterhouse” record and the immediate chemistry of the four rappers, a plan was immediately made to form the four-headed monster super group… Are you ready for this? Ya’ll better make sure you just go pick up a copy of that self titled album Slaughterhouse dropping August 11th. Matter fact…pick up 4!!!!

Benzo: Slaughterhouse is in the building!!! For people that doesn’t know about this historic hip-hop group in the making… We have Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce, and Crooked I…

Crooked I: That’s what it is I’m here I’m in the building!

Benzo: [laughs] Hey Crook, how have you been doing?

Crooked I: I feel great. I’m in NYC. The Mecca of Hip Hop, hollering, doing what I do. Cali boy! East Side Long Beach representa! You know what I’m saying.

Benzo: You know I know big bro! How does it feel to collectively get together with these dudes and form a team? Did you ever think besides building your own career in the game, you would join forces with similar individuals and unite as one?

Crooked I: Not really. I mean, it’s a good feeling to look across the room in the studio and see everybody being equal, skilled, passionate, and have love for Hip Hop.  So you know… it’s a damn good feeling and I’m on a high right now. I’m high as hell just off the experience.

Benzo: How is the momentum when you guys come together in the studio? Do you try to collaborate on an equal level as well or is it competitive when you spit them bars? How are your work ethics when you decide to make a track or for example putting together the album?

Crooked I: Not really for me, you now what I’m saying?  Pause…[laughs] Nah not really. The thing is you already know to bring your “A” game when there are monsters in the building. So just bring your “A” game every time and if you get cleaned up that’s what happens.

Benzo:  I see what you’re saying. Trust me, this is what the fans want to know.  Is the album done?

Royce: Yea it’s just about done.

Benzo: I am so excited! For all of you when listening to the album has anyone verse stood out to where ya'll looked at each other and was like… He really killed that track!

Royce:  Personally, I feel nobody fell that far behind. It might have been one or two people on some tracks that might have had it that day, but with everybody performing at the height of their potential its not possible for one of these brother to just get cleaned up. I like certain verses better than others, but everything is a Hip Hop quotable on the album. Front to the back on every verse. You might think I’m saying that just to promote, but you know I don’t do a lot of bragging. This album is the s*** [laughs].

Benzo: I have the feeling you are telling the truth.  I don’t know if you all are very strong chartered, if not verbally speaking thru your lyrics. How do you avoid letting things get heated if there’s a moment where someone is becoming too competitive?  How do you push the egos to the side and keep all the competition healthy in the studio?  

Crooked I: I think it’s a respect factor.  We all respect each other and I know that these guys right here are lyrical geniuses.  So there’s a respect.  If Royce says “Yo, I think this should be like this.” I have to take his opinion very seriously because he’s a lyrical genius.  It would be different if it was somebody who I had no respect for on the microphone telling me, “Yo, you need to do X, Y and Z.” You know what I mean?  So I think we can put aside egos and all of that and just mesh together. We all respect each other. We respect each other’s opinion, each other’s bodies of work, and each other’s work ethic, so it was smooth.

Royce: I don’t even compete.  I just know that I got to perform at the peak of my capabilities in order to exist.  It’s not you. I got to have a better verse than Joey.  I’m not going to mentally do that to myself, because I don’t know if my verse is better than Joey’s. We all know opinions vary.  

Crooked I: Opinions are like ***holes. [laughs]

Royce: Yeah, there’s always going to be somebody there to say Joey had a better verse or Royce had a better verse.  I just know I got to perform on a certain level in order to be on a song with these dudes, otherwise that song will not be balanced.

Benzo: Honestly? Come on guys! Have you ever had an “I gotta step my game up” moment?

Joell: Every damn time! Every song, you’re going to get that! Especially if you’re your worst critic and you know the fellas next to you are dope. We don’t let that take away from the fun of recording.  That never interferes with our recording process.  It might be something we joke about after when this Crooked is doing a tequila sunrise, Royce is sipping on Patrón, here’s Budden Red Bullin’ it, and I’m Jack and CocaCola’ing it.  Just how we will be later tonight! Sometimes one of us might be like, “You lost fool!” All in all, if the song sounds fine when we’re done…we good.  

Royce: We all try to do our best because of how good we know that each other are, but we’re not against each other.  That’s what I think a lot of people in press don’t understand, and why we keep getting these same types of questions. Were on the same team, you know?  There’s always going to be a friendly edge there in terms of competition.  I mean…I’m cut from the Eminem cloth.  I was 19 years old in the studio getting clinked up by Em.  A certain mind frame was already instilled in me at an early age.  So I’m just doing what’s natural.  

Benzo: Next time you talk to Em, please send my love. Now, let’s talk about how the “Rock the Bells” tour is going?  What’s this experience been like for you guys?

Royce: We have no choice but to feed off the energy because we don’t have a lot of time to rehearse.  A lot of it is just what we do naturally.  It really nothing but rock n roll to us! We just go up there and do what we do best.  

Crooked I: It’s a lot of energy.  Don’t get it twisted, we’re not like some of these rappers that go up there and they don’t break a sweat.  You got a lot of people in the industry right now that could do 12 songs and then walk off and look like they didn’t do ****.  That’s absolutely not what’s going on at a Slaughterhouse show.  At a Slaughterhouse show, you’re going see a four-headed monster get on stage.  Each individual is going to tear into the microphone.  Everybody’s going to be sweating. You’re going to see red slaughter water pouring all over the crowd.  You’re going to see an intense energy that you probably won’t see from the act after us.  

Royce: Yeah, and if you’re headlining… and you’re a little too comfortable with your ****, then we might just steal the show.

Joell: And, if you look near me, there’s usually a good group of girls trying to tear my clothes off because of the element I bring to it … which is the beard element [laughs].  You see, what we do on stage the same thing we’re doing now, have a ball.  

Budden:  Whoa… Wait… hold up a minute. [Turns to Joell] You really think those are girls trying to tear your clothes off?  

Joell: Go ahead, next question [laughs]. We love it! We’re having fun!

Crooked I: So far, so damn good.

Budden: Anytime we get to rock out with the fans and the people who support us… it’s beautiful.

Benzo: Joe, as a great friend to you all and a supporter, I know it is VERY beautiful! Okay, The four of you coming together has really dominated the Hip-Hop headlines. Did you foresee it being such a big deal?

Budden: No [laughs].

Royce: We weren’t even thinking about it. It happened so organically. It wasn’t planned. It just happened. It started with a record and we just started doing songs with each other. The fans kind of made us.

Budden: Which was great, because I didn’t really feel like I shined as much as I could have on the first record we did. So I’m glad we continued to make records [laughs].

Crooked I: So he could bust our butts on the second chance [laughs]. I didn’t know it was a big deal until we made Slaughterhouse a Big Deal. That’s when I realized Slaughterhouse is a big deal. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s always cool for me to walk on the west coast and people stop me and talk about Slaughterhouse. I went into Foot Locker to grab these kicks and they were asking me about Slaughterhouse. They are real savvy with it, the lyricism. They could quote these dudes. That’s a beautiful thing.

Budden: I think it speaks volumes about how Hip-Hop is big deal. People didn’t have to give a *** and they do.

Joell: I just admire how all of us, when we get in that booth and in that studio together, we don’t treat it like it’s something big. I think that’s why everybody else feels like it’s a big deal. We just get in there and do what we’re supposed to do and that’s rap. We never say “Wow look at us, we’re a super group that formed.” It’s always like “Yo, what do you think about this concept?” That’s just what it is. I’m excited.

Royce: People think we’re under pressure. They think we’re up against some pressure feeling a certain way or having to come up with a certain type of project and make records. What you don’t understand is all of us make records as individuals. When you put four heads together, it’s less thinking than any of us have to do as individuals.  We just didn’t over think it. We just went in and did what we did. That’s why we were able to make the album in six days. It’s just light work for us.

Benzo: Lyricism has become less important in the industry. What do you guys think about this being such a big deal since it’s a lyrical focused group? Do you think you guys forming this super group are the ones to bring lyricism back to the forefront?

Budden: I don’t even want to say it’s a lyrical focused group. I think that’s just one aspect that we all take pride in and that we’re pretty good at.

Royce: That’s because we can’t get a pass. Some artists get a pass for not being lyricists. We don’t get that look. When we go in there, we’re trying to elevate every time. We don’t go in and worry about that.

Budden: We try to focus on everything and you’ll see that today. We’re showmen, we’re lyricists, beyond that, we’re artists. We’re just not all about the rhyming of the words. We’re all of that.

Royce: You’re talking about cat and rat?

Joell: We’re four artists that are MC’s second to being fans. When we listen back, we’re our worst critics. We always treat it like a cipher. That’s what we love, we love standing around on corners and just rhyming and having the person walking away like “what?” We want to have that same impact on August 11th. We want people to unwrap it and walk away like, “Damn, if we put all these albums in a cipher, we know what album won.”

Crooked I: You know what the problem is? A lot of times with this lyricism, people mistake that for 100 similes and punch lines. To me, lyricism isn’t just punch lines and metaphors. We don’t give enough value to the feeling. You could say eight bars and not have one punch line, but I felt him so strongly that his rap sounds better than someone who has 32 bars and punch lines. I feel we really need to figure out what the definition of true lyricism is. Then is when we could get back to saying we’re a lyrically focused type group.

Benzo: Word. When the first record came out, which is “Slaughterhouse”, it seemed like you guys were having fun and your plans weren’t geared as much towards a full-blown album. Is it the fact that the buzz got up so high and people were demanding it, is that what made you knock out the album so fast?

Joell: The demand was beating the product at one point. The idea of Slaughterhouse was a lot bigger than the actual product because we only had a couple of joints on the Internet and the buzz was at an all time high. We kind of did have to speed up as far as the album and E1 hooking up with us to do the joint venture for this record and stuff. But, the group was formed after the first record; it was simultaneous. Once the fans were buzzing about it, we were already on the phone. “Are y’all ready? [Pause] Let’s do this.” We were formed simultaneously. But yes, the buzz and the hype did outgrow the product but we caught up. We went in that studio for seven days and busted ***. That’s how we caught up.

Budden: Let me just add one thing, demand or no demand, prior to this group being formed this was something that we all sat down and weighed the pros and cons to. I don’t want you guys to think that we’re slaves to y’all because we’re not. This is something that we all wanted to do and we all felt if we’re going to do it, we’re going to put in 200% and our best foot forward. We’re definitely appreciative that the demand was there and it’s a blessing and we’re forever grateful but that’s definitely not why this is happening. I think each and every one of us puts just as much energy and pride into Slaughterhouse as we do our individual careers.  Royce’s album, that man pushes it backs everyday I feel.  I’ve got a project.  Crook’s project, he’s got a million songs he’s sitting on. We all could do that. That’s the easy part, that’s been done before. There’s nothing monumental or groundbreaking in that.  Not when you compare it to this and what we’re doing now.  Like we were saying before, this is the first, actually its many firsts, and we’d like to continue to see many firsts.  Personally, I’ve never been on Rock the Bells. They’ve never asked me to go on Rock the Bells, and I’ve been rapping for quite some time.  So I mean, just for me personally, certain doors will open because I’m associated with these three monsters that haven’t opened before. So the eagerness was there, the willingness was there, the support was there, the fans were there, everything was there; I think it’s safe to say a lot sooner that what we expected. We were maybe three freestyles in- maybe two freestyles in, the third one was just like, “All right, we gotta put something out there, the people are tearing our butts up. They want something.” It was something that we thought Hip Hop needed, and like I said before, it turned into something that Hip Hop wanted.

Benzo: Mr. Yaowa [laughs], you talked about doing the deal with E1 for the album, what made you want to work with E1?

Joell: Well I love E1. My first album “The Brick Bodega Chronicles” came out on E1. It came out on Koch and we did well. I love the staff up there. I’ve had the major label thing (with Dr. Dre and Interscope Records) and the independent thing. The independent thing is a lot more hands on. It’s a lot more passionate and a lot more right here with everyone. When we walk into E1, we’re a priority. We shake hands with everyone; we do lunch together and talk about things. We’re really hands on and they’re really hands on with the project. They really believe in it and it’s the perfect home for what we’re trying to do. That’s why we decided to go with E1.

Budden: E1 saw the picture without the painting. They got it.

Royce: Major labels are sitting around wondering, “Can these guys make records?” We don’t want to take this *** too corporate too fast. It was better to get on an indie and use it as a stepping-stone to show case what we can actually do. That’s it really. They came to us.

 Benzo: Not to mention the creative control. I can imagine when the four of you get in the booth, you want that control and most likely don’t want a major A&R telling you what to make.

Crooked I: Let me get out the sun, I’m black already [laughs].

Royce: Do A&R’s still exist?

Crooked I: There up there. They don’t exist in our planet.

Benzo: What do you say to the A&R’s that are out there and want to get involved in your project?

Royce: I don’t need any A&R.

Budden: You’re not dealing with rookies.

Crooked I: I’ve seen A&R’s get their ***** whopped. I’ve seen them catch some things. You may not even want to be an A&R on certain projects. You may say some dumb **** and it’s over.

Joell: Even if we moved onto a major thing, not to say it will or won’t happen, we still got our control.

Budden: Well go to a major and they’ll assign an A&R, and the A&R will take credit for us not needing an A&R [laughs].

Joell: They’ll start taking credit. We’re not in this game for credit.

Royce: We just want to give y’all a classic album.

Benzo: Any collaborations outside of the Slaughterhouse group on the album or just you four?

Crooked I: Personally, when it comes to collabos, these are the dudes I want to collaborate with.  Outside of them, it’s probably a noteworthy producer, and that’s it.  There are a lot of well-respected people in the industry that wanted to be a part of this project, you know?  My whole position was maybe on the next one, right now we need to dig in with Slaughterhouse, do what we do.  You’ll see what it is.  I don’t want to give up too much of the project because I need the fans to really anticipate what’s about to happen.

Benzo: Okay Crook, I feel you. Well, about the album, tell us about the lead single, “The One”.

Crooked I: It’s bananas and the thing about it is that a lot of the people, some of the one-liners, they might not understand that record. I’ve been looking at the reviews and we’ve been getting some great reviews on a lot of different sites, but you’ll always have that dude that wants to hear Slaughterhouse do 32 bars with no hook. What they must understand is we’re trying to sophisticate their ear to real records. And that’s a real record. To our fans out there that want to hear 32 bars and no hook, they’re going to have to mature as a listener and listen to classic music. I think the record is a classic.

Joell: When you’re not talking about “The One”, you’re talking about the online dudes that want to hear 32 bars and no hook and stuff like that; you could just put “Onslaught 2” on repeat which is on the album. I’m talking about part two.

Crooked I: “Move On” was 8 good minutes.

Joell: “The One” is a record where we were just having a ball to be honest with you.

Crooked I: “The One” is banging.

Royce: “The One” is a song that sounds like it’s a kind of big; it’s just a gauge on the vision that we see for ourselves. We don’t feel that we’re just Internet rappers. We don’t care about 100,000 hits. He [points at Budden] could film himself on the net in his room talking about nothing and get hits. We want to actually show people that we could make records and that shit can be big on our terms. We’re going to maintain that control and keep hitting people. If you listen to “The One” and you don’t like it, you can’t say lyrically there is something wrong with it. You can’t say it’s a bad beat.

Joell: And it doesn’t sound like it’s pointed in that direction.

Royce: To me, that’s an indicator that you don’t want this group to be big. You just want us to rap in that box. We don’t do that for our solo careers so we’re not going to do it for the group. And that’s that.

Benzo: What percentage would you say are songs a la “Onslaught” and “Wack MC’s”, versus more conceptual songs like “Move On”?

Joell: It’s very broad.  We let you peak in on some personal issues.  We let you rock out on some show-driven, stage-performance songs, and we also gives you the “Onslaughts” and the “Fight Clubs”.  It’s a crazy record.  I can’t wait for everyone to pick it up.

Budden: It’s a very unique album.  It’s very diverse.  And in the records if you want to talk to percentages; the percentage that’s in the same vein as “Onsalught” is fewer than 10 percent.

Benzo: Really?

Budden: Yeah, and even on those, they’re concept records.  The concept is Slaughterhouse.  It’s to go in and do what we do on that microphone, back to back to back to back, no hook, hard beat, and just get it in the way emcees used to do when I was coming up.  I just want the same feeling that we got when you listen to “Symphony”, when you listen to fucking “Triumph”, when you listen to “Rampage”, “Reservoir Dogs”, and “Banned from TV”.  When you listen to those joints and you get a certain feeling. We want to restore that.

Benzo: Now when you guys are in the studio making music about personal experiences, do you learn about each other there or is that something that happens away from the studio?

Joell: The learning process for me, it’s simultaneous.  It’s physically being in the studio with these guys and it’s also hearing what they talk about.  I would’ve never known about, Crooked’s aunt and her story if he didn’t express it over music. Which brings me back to what I was talking about in the other interview, that I’m such a fan of Slaughterhouse. I want to answer a lot of these questions that fans ask.  I wouldn’t have known a lot of stuff about a lot of these dudes; about Royce’s situation in the crib and stuff like that if it wasn’t expressed over music.  It excites me that even when these dudes, who are now my friends, talk about something personal they still remain lyrical. They still don’t take away from what the fans want to hear.  So when Budden said that less than 10 percent of the album is in the same vein of an “Onslaught”, it just means structure wise, because you still feel lyricism each and every time out.  It’s just a different energy.  

Benzo: OK, I got you! What specific producers did you guys work with on the Slaughterhouse album production?

Crooked I: The production credits on this album are ridiculous, to me personally, as a fan of Hip Hop.  DJ Khalid, he’s bananas.  Denaun Porter…ridiculous.  Alchemist…ridiculous.  StreetRunner, Focus, Nottz, and Emile.  It’s a buffet of production, you know what I mean? Anybody who knows those names that we just called knows that those dudes are at the top of their games.  I’m very excited about the production.

Royce: They’re the Hip Hop producer versions of us.

Crooked I: And they were all excited to work with us.  They’re bending time schedules, doing different things, just because they respect what we bring to the table. It just feels good that somebody who understands what you’re doing in Hip Hop wants to be a part of it.  It gives the project a different energy.

Royce: We have Pharoahe Monch on the album. Fatman Scoop is on the album.

Joell: Producer wise we have Alchemist, Denaun Porter, Street Runner.

Budden: Nottz, Focus, Rockwilder.

Crooked I: Mr. Denaun Porter.

Joell: It’s all over the place. We’re just having a ball. The people we named we didn’t have to go extra hard to make phone calls for, these are people that were interested in working with us and the ideas so it doesn’t sound like we are reaching or seven different producers. It sounds like one producer on the project with a bunch of names that believe in it.

Budden: We didn’t look at ourselves as an all-star caliber talent. It’s only right that we went out and found all-star caliber talent as far as production goes. So sonically it sounds exactly the way we needed it to sound.

Royce: We’re the dream team.

Budden: The first one.

Royce: That means we’re going to go everywhere and run the score board up. We’re not going to let you come in the box, we’re gonna put numbers up. And that’s it.

Benzo: I really love seeing how excited you guys are about this release! Do you ever disagree about beats?  

Royce:  If it’s a disagreement with beats then it won’t be used.  It’s easy for all four of us to agree on something because we all got great ears.

Benzo: [laughs] and so do your fans!!!! Okay, August 11th, E1 Entertainment, the Slaughterhouse album is in stores. Why should fans go cop the album when it’s out?

Crooked I: That’s what’s up. My new slogan is “buy four”. I’m not trying to be greedy, but you know we have to split our money up four ways [laughs]. Buy two for Hip Hop… that’s going to be on my new t-shirt.

Budden: I didn’t even know we were getting paid for this **** [laughs].

Joell: If you guys want to be excited again about punch lines, although we’re not trying to pigeonhole ourselves into that… but… if you want to be excited about punch lines, similes, word deliveries, feelings, passion…

Budden: Ain’t nobody conning you into buying some ****, buy it or don’t. The **** is dope!  Benzo, sis…you already know what it is! [laughs]. The album is dope.  We poured our hearts out and rapped from the heart. You rock with it or you don’t. Say something when you’re listening.

Joell: Nah… real talk though… please **** with it y’all.

Benzo: Thank you Joell… always the positive voice of reason! Are you guys going to put out a mixtape or something?  How do you plan to build anticipation beyond the tour?

Royce: There are other things we can do.  I don’t think we need a mix tape, people know what we do.  I don’t think we have time to do a mix tape before we leave for the tour.

Crooked I: There will be music though.  There will be a variety of things to get the pump up. You know what I’m saying?  But personally, I don’t think we need to do a mixtape.  It’s like we are a mixtape.  

Budden: [looks at Crooked I] Are you going to put an EP out in July?

Crooked I: Yeah, I’m thinking about putting an EP out July 21st, just to kind of circulate through digitally and create awareness.  My thing is that when it comes to the West Coast, I have to take special care to inform them about Slaughterhouse.  So I’m hiring a publicist out of my own pocket to work the West for Slaughterhouse.  I’m dropping things over there, and I’m putting the Slaughterhouse logo on everything from San Diego to Vancouver.  That’s just something that I’m doing to further the name of Slaughterhouse. So when we get out there, and we’re in San Bernardino on August 7th or we’re in San Francisco on August 8th, I want people going bananas, period! So I’ll utilize every relationship I got. Whether it’s radio, cross-street promo, whatever it is to Slaughterhouse the game.  So when we get over there, it’s like, “We been waiting on ya’ll.”  So I’m definitely dropping an EP because I know that might awaken some that might still be sleeping.  There aren’t too many people sleeping though.  When I do individual shows on the West Coast, and I say ya’ll heard of Slaughterhouse? [Makes cheering noises].  They get crazy. There aren’t too many people sleeping, but those who are, I’m trying to get everybody involved.

Budden: [looks at Royce] Royce, you still doing your**** on the July 7th?

Royce: Yeah, I think I’m looking at July 7th for my digital EP.  It’s called “The Revival”.

Budden: I have to tip toe around these things because I know with release dates, and fans, I don’t want nobody getting hung up.

Royce: My joint is digital so I don’t think that’s going to matter [laughs].  

Budden:  Yeah, so hopefully I can play catch-up.  If Royce does the 7th and Crook does the 21st, then I need to snatch the 28th or the 14th and maybe you [turns to Joell] will jump quick and make them do the same thing.  Then you’re rumor will be correct[laughs].

Benzo: [laughs] I swear you guys are crazy! Check it though, when I think of groups or super groups like you guys coming together or attempting to groups like the Four Horsemen, Jay-Z, Ja Rule and DMX [as Murder, Inc.], The Firm why will you guys not fail?  

Budden: We’re not even in the same sentence as the Four Horsemen, no disrespect to them, because they never put out an official album.

Royce: They never even got on a label.

Budden: I mean I get it.  I’m clear that the Four Horsemen are up the same alley in terms of four guys who cherish their pen game the same way that we do.  But it was short lived, for whatever reason, and it didn’t work out.  We don’t let this fail, individually, we won’t.  We all treat it the same way we treat our solo careers, and I think that says enough about the perseverance and resilience that each one of us has.  We’ve all been through the turmoil and trials and tribulations and went through the gun smoke and came out unscathed.

Joell: I feel like we already won.

Royce: Just look at the results. That’s your answer right there.  

Crooked I:  Yeah, because you know how many people wanted us to get in a group?  You get together with people that are very talented and you say, “Yeah… group project”. Sometimes it never gets passed that.

Royce: Only thing we actually share in common with those other groups is the actual idea.  Look at the results.

Crooked I: And the idea’s even a little different than theirs because they didn’t come from the different amount of regions that we do.  What people need to understand is that this is very unique.  Royce is in the Midwest.  Joell is from Brooklyn. Budden is from Jersey.  You know I’m Cali til the death of me.  This is unique.  Go get any Hip Hop almanac you want to you name me a four member group, with the skills that we have, representing the regions that we represent, combining together.  Never happened.  

Royce:  Somebody’s going to try it again.

Crooked I: I’m hearing it right now.  You know, the little fly buzzing by my head right now.  There are a lot of people trying.  But I am not mad at though, because when you set a trend and somebody follows… you know. But hey, little sis… Thank you giving us this interview. Please put the word out about the project, and just remember… Slaughterhouse is here to stay!

Benzo: Ahhh big bro, you know I am going to support this like it’s my project! Joey, Joell, Royce, I really want to thank ya’ll for coming over here and chopping it up with me before yall hit the stage. Keep Hip Hop alive and ultimately your collective selves together to contribute something great for the industry. The fans and myself are anticipating this album!

Joell: August 11th! “Slaughterhouse” in stores, make sure y’all pick it up.

Crooked I: That was an aggressive one right there!

Budden: Budden TV! Follow me, Twitter! I’m out, Budden! “Slaughterhouse” August 11th. That’s really it.

Benzo: [laughs] Okay! Ill be in the crowd supporting! Stay #NOWTHATSHIPHOP Approved!

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