After announcing the title and release date for their Shady Records debut, which was originally reported as Our House,  but actually the full title is Welcome To Our House, Joell Ortiz gives some insight behind the title of the album, and also touches on working under Eminem.

In an interview with XXL, Joell Ortiz explains why the Slaughterhouse crew named the album Welcome To Our House:

“We feel hip-hop is our house. We feel like we’re four of the dopest MCs on the planet and after this albums comes out, we feel everybody is gonna have to deal with it. You gonna have to deal with the fact that you might be listening to some dudes you can’t be better than. That’s the attitude we wanna have. When Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense go out there, they say, ‘you ain’t scoring. That’s it.’ Nobody looks at them as cocky or crazy. But they just leave it on the field. We left it on this album. Y’all gonna love this album if you’re a fan of hip-hop and lyrics.”

Joell also spoke on working under Eminem, and how he helped them guide the direction of the album and making radio-friendly records without comprising their style:

“We broadened the spectrum. We got records that are radio-friendly without selling out. We never compromise our art to point records in the direction. But working under Eminem, he showed us a lot of ways how to balance that skill with the music and the choruses to go somewhere else. We’re really excited about this album. We just welcome y’all to our house.”

Slaughterhouse’s forthcoming LP, Welcome To Our House, is slated to be released on May 15th through Shady Records/Interscope.