Hip Hop has seen its fair share of “super groups,” from The Firm to The LOX to the short lived Child Rebel Soldier. And while the talent is undeniable, historically they have come up short in terms of commercial success. Now, after signing a deal with Shady/Interscope, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9″, known collectively as Slaughterhouse, look to break that streak with their major label debut, Welcome to: OUR House.
One of the biggest complaints about the singles released for OUR House is that the production does not fit the style of Slaughterhouse. However, until now they have never had access to big name producers such as Boi-1da, No I.D., AraabMuzik or StreetRunner. And as we all know all too well, in order to make it big, you have to have some songs that are either radio, MTV/BET and/or club friendly. The Four Headed Monster achieves this with tracks such as “My Life,” “Throw It Away” and “Hammer Dance.” While writing this review I found myself thinking, what exactly is Slaughterhouse’s sound anyway? With only one independent album, an EP, a mixtape and countless loose tracks, it’s hard for me to find a common element in the production. Other than the singles, I feel as if the rest of the album has good production. The production is never repetitive and its fluidity is excellent.