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1520 Sedgwick Avenue: February 5th, 2009 Thursday, February 5, 2009

Posted by Andy Hutchins in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Rockabye.

Congrats to Jerkwheat.

Here are four guys who should never be out of work in hip-hop.

The creation myths of Slaughterhouse are conflicting, so I’m not going to get into them. But it should mean something that this supergroup has been compared to the legendary Traveling Wilburys, with no sarcasm or snark intended.

Slaughterhouse is Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I, all respected MCs with serious Internet hype; their results, in “Onslaught,” above, and other songs, show that the name is accurate. Their verses are dense, punchline-heavy blocks of ferocious rap; it’s hard to pick winners and losers or best lines from their records because all involved seek desperately to beat the other three, and, in doing so, raise the standard for the group.

There have been supergroups in hip-hop before, but, either because of egos or label problems, little happened in terms of mixtapes or LPs. From what I’ve seen on the blogosphere, though, Slaughterhouse actually runs together, performing live as a foursome and hanging out in studios. That bodes well for a mixtape, at least, though hoping for an album is probably too heady to be realistic.

You’re going to see these guys tomorrow, too, I promise.



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