Slaughterhouse

ALBUM REVIEW: Slaughterhouse's "Welcome To: OUR HOUSE"


Rating: 8 / 10

As mentioned previously, Slaughterhouse is obviously aware of the pressure that’s on them to deliver a project that makes them worth the wait. Ironically, the weight of the prolonged delay has somewhat enhanced the magnifying glass they were already under. Each one drew attention on their own: Royce Da 5’9 was known for his lyricism and his rift with Eminem that has since been repaired, Crooked I’s most recognizable feat to most was his Hip-Hop Weekly series that went for a year straight, Joe Budden’s Mood Muzik series, relationship woes, and more made him a lightning rod for conversation, and Joell Ortiz’s musical outputs with Novel (along with his Bodega Chronicles mixtape) all but catapulted him onto the radar for astute Hip-Hop heads.

Together, they’ve formed something that could be responsible for the resurfacing of the popularity of lyrics in rap again, and teaming with Marshall Mathers has done nothing but make their spotlights shine that much brighter. With the release of their second album and first major LP, Welcome To – OUR HOUSE isn’t the best album to be released this year, but it’s one of the more ingenious ones due to the amount of clever chances they take with its presentation.

Lyricism is still at the forefront for the majority of the songs. Crooked I consistently delivers struggle-free bars, even on the radio singles like “My Life” and “Park It Sideways”. The other members all have their highlights as well; Royce’s ludicrous lyrics shine on the Busta Rhymes-assisted (and Hit-Boy produced) “Coffin”, while Joell Ortiz’s heart-wrenching verse on “Goodbye” easily is one of the more memorable verses on the LP (not as a knock to the others; each verse on “Goodbye” is incredibly emotional, but Joell stands out), and Joe Budden’s aggressive verses on “Flip A Bird” and “Die” are among the plethora of highlights as well.

STREAM: Slaughterhouse  – “Flip A Bird”

Lyrics, song concepts, and production aren’t truly the hangup here for some that will listen; the issue may be the presentation of the album as a whole. Some songs on the surface have a D-12’ish sound to them (“Throw That” being a prime example), but Slaughterhouse is far superior lyrically, and even in those “formulaic” tracks, the lyricism carries it (and shatters that thought to shreds if you pay attention). Also, the album doesn’t have ‘sections’ like most LPs out, and the only time some semblance of that happens is towards the end, but even that ‘party section’ of the LP (with “Frat House” and “Park It Sideways”) has the powerful “Goodbye” wedged in the middle of it.

STREAM: Slaughterhouse – “Goodbye”

At times the album’s dark, and other times it’s not, but it all comes together to make a memorable listening experience. Maybe that was their intention, to make sure that whoever heard the LP would remember it. There will be complaints due to their singles that they’ve dumbed down, but that’s a little inaccurate; to say that Slaughterhouse disguised the lyricism on a couple of tracks would be a more level-headed statement, and this is about as well as you can disguise it without actually dumbing them down.  The fact this was accomplished in the first place is a feat in itself, but the bonus just so happens to be that Slaughterhouse and Eminem have created a dope LP.

Like the outro says, regardless of their record sales, they made it this far doing it their way. Only time will tell if that will be enough to garner another release in the future. Until then, give Welcome To: Our House a play with open ears and see what you think. If you’re more of a fan of the straight-forward lyrical approach like their first LP, then check their latest mixtape with DJ Drama, On The House. 

  • water_ur_seeds

    Slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaughterhouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • baseforyourfase

    WTOH is DOPE regardless but what album dont yall give an 8 too???

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  • alext12

    I think you confused Joell Ortiz with Joe Budden. Joe Budden’s verse on ‘Goodbye’ was the tearjerker about his aborted twins.

    • I love that verse, too. Joell’s hit home to me because of his grandmother… way more relatable. All those verses were dope though, and all were emotional. To me, at least.

  • OpinionHated91

    imo their first ep beat this whole album lol
    (edit) @alexander its cause joells verse was more detailed. perfect description of his feelings

  • gomer_1

    not feelin it. just like the review says it has that d12 type feel to it. they all got bars for days though. joell need to drop something with that good ol’ new york sound. i like that new beanie better

  • This is a good album and I’ll be bumping it

  • vila

    “With the release of their second album and first major LP, Welcome To – OUR HOUSE isn’t the best album to be released this year, but it’s one of the more ingenious ones due to the amount of clever chances they take with its presentation.”

    I wonder what you would say IS the best album this year, K1ng Ejay. I mean, I don’t think I could say this is the best album of the year. I also don’t think I could pick a record that could be considered the best album this year. I do think this one is a serious contender though. Out of almost every rap record released this year, I think there are only a few that can go up against “Welcome to: Our House” in terms of production (yeah I said it), songs with an actual concept behind them, actual song-writing, organization, and LYRICS.

    The production is stellar. The sound quality is top-notch, beat-selection was for the most part appropriate, but perhaps the most impressive thing would have to be the way these beats are layered. The music is dense, but never to the point where the vocals and lyrics are unintelligible There are lots of sounds in the majority of these beats that make themselves apparent with further listening. This is something a LOT of rap albums lack currently.

    The song concepts and the actual song-writing attached to them are well done. Due to this, they’re able to pull off multiple hooks within a song, bridges at points, and song structures that aren’t very common in rap without it sounding forced or just plain shitty. The album is organized in a way that is concrete (aside from “Our House”, honestly, what the hell is that doing at track number 2? or on the cd at all, for that matter).

    Lastly, lyrics. I’ve heard a lot of people complain on the lack of lyrical ability on this record. Were we listening to the same record? Because the lyrics are surely there, with everyone sounding pretty much in top-form (Joell being the weakest link, if any). I will say that “Hammer Dance”, “My Life”, and “Throw it Away” are probably the weakest in this department.

    K1ng Ejay, your review wasn’t very descriptive and was also a little short. You’d think with an album that’s as hyped as this one (ESPECIALLY on the web) you’d have a little more to say about it. Your review itself also lacks any apparent structure (have you ever taken an English class? you don’t forecast what you’re going to talk about at all at the beginning, so it sounds sloppy and a bit here-and-there). Also, you don’t come to many solid conclusions about the album aside from that whole “it’s not the best album this year” thing.

    For instance:

    “Lyrics, song concepts, and production aren’t truly the hangup here for some that will listen; the issue may be the presentation of the album as a whole.”

    You then go on to talk about track placement, but you don’t really say WHAT that does to the presentation of the album. Obviously you think it’s bad, but don’t really give the reader even one good reason why.

    The only reason I am pointing all of this out to you is because that I think that judging by how your review is written, you shouldn’t be talking about presentation, or an album made by professional musicians either.

    Before anyone points it out, yes this is long, I don’t care if you don’t care, suck a dick. I’m not a Slaughterhouse stan, I’m just a fan of rap, and I also think that a lot of the reviews on this website are poorly done. Thanks.

    -vila

    • My turn.

      First and foremost… I copped the album. Had it on repeat. Huge fan of the group. Was tempted to give this a 9, but I can’t because of the issues I had with select songs being a little too watered down. Which is why I said…

      “Lyricism is still at the forefront for the majority of the songs.” Not all, because we all know the singles weren’t really SUPPOSED to be lyrical. Which is, again, why I also say at the end…

      “There will be complaints due to their singles that they’ve dumbed down,
      but that’s a little inaccurate; to say that Slaughterhouse disguised the
      lyricism on a couple of tracks would be a more level-headed statement,
      and this is about as well as you can disguise it without actually dumbing them down.” I never said once they were lyrically dumbing down, and I think you confused what you heard others on the internet said for what I actually wrote. I know these dudes can outrap the world, I’ve dang near seen them do it, lol.

      “Our House” (the song that you think shouldn’t be at 2) actually worked well with me, and it’s one of the doper songs. It fit the vibe from the intro.

      And as far as the presentation… it may not have been addressed in the full detail you want, but it was addressed..

      “Also, the album doesn’t have ‘sections’ like most LPs out, and the only
      time some semblance of that happens is towards the end, but even that
      ‘party section’ of the LP (with “Frat House” and “Park It Sideways”) has
      the powerful “Goodbye” wedged in the middle of it.”

      It’s an unorthodox flow to the entire LP, and it’s not a bad thing, but songs don’t flow together that often with the exception of the skits into the following song. That presentation may not bother you, but I know it bothers several others, which is why I noted it.

      Last thing, man. Reviews are opinions. They’re presented as accurate as can possibly be, and because this album’s under such a magnifying glass, there’s no way I can write a review to please everyone… so I didn’t try. Just pointing out that most of the things you took time to comment on were actually present.

      …and the fact that saying suck a dick at the end almost voids the entire thing. It was a dope convo up to that point.

      Thanks for reading, regardless.

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  • love the group!!! album dope!!! but throw it away track should of been thrown away lol just my thought…

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  • John Reed Shope

    lol@dude giving a review to the review haha. OK. Slaughterhouse has to
    be one of the best acts to come out in hip-hop for the longest time but
    I personally am completely disappointed with the album.

    Slaughter RIPS BARS. That’s what they do. They rap their own hooks
    almost entirely and they either have concept rhyme schemes that they all
    follow or they compete on a track for who can spit the best verse
    regarding either the vibe of the track or the concept of the track. On
    this album, they DID dumb down a lot of their lyrics. I know this
    because every song I’ve heard prior to this album whether it’s just in
    the booth, on a mixtape or the first CD entirely, I tell you what, I
    rewound verses, restarted tracks after listening to them more than
    once.

    This album, I probably replayed four songs tops. So many tracks here
    sound all goofy, clubby or cheesed up with these sing songy hooks
    rapping about nothing. A bunch of fake party, big money, girl smashing
    nonsense that usually shows up on the occasional bar of the song but is
    NEVER the entire focus. Weak.

    The features were a miss for me too. Eminem has spit some of the
    craziest stuff in the past, he’s rocked out just as the hook guy in a
    lot of songs too, but all of the hooks he spit and even all of the
    verses he spit on this album were so ho hum I mean, what the hell was
    that. The other cats just sang hooks and yelled on the tracks (Except
    B.O.B. who came in surprisingly strong both hook and verse wise on his
    track).

    It just wasn’t what I expected. I wanted it to be raw, crazy lyrics
    with banger beats and a few heart pulling jammies like the last album,
    the mix tape and the underground bootleg album that came before it.
    This was not that album. I pray they get a second chance and I hope
    furthermore that they’ll go back to their roots and drop that dope shit I
    love about them. Don’t let me down again Slaughter!!!

    • Goofy14

      Yeah it would be good to hear more raw shit, but you have to understand times are a changin’. Believe it or not, people LIKE clubby, goofy bullshit. And its all about money so if they have to make their album more clubby to make a couple of more million, good for them. You can’t expect music today to be the type of music it was back in the day. But compared to other rappers like 2-Chainz this is a dope album, clubby or not.

    • Frank

      You are dead on.

  • andrewdavis1415

    Good review, 8/10 sounds just about right. (It’s either 7.5 or 8). I like alot of others wasnt a huge fan of their singles like “My Life” or “Throw it Away”. Most of the songs that leaked early really had me feeling like this album wasnt gonna be that good. Overall tho, it was a good album because it was definelty unique. Different beats,sounds and singers and totally different from the Trap Sound that is widely present in lots of music today. My only criticisms is the production, I loved some of the beats but I wanted more of the traditional NY hip-hop sounding beats or even if Dre could’ve produced some it would’ve been nice to hear. I also think Eminem’s guest verses didnt make the album better at all.(We all can see that Wayne is falling off but I think Em’s there w/him or atleast not far behind). I also think the track “on the house” from the mixtape should’ve featured atleast 3 members of the group and should’ve made the album…It’s the best album of the year so far

  • truth

    take the mixtape take the cd mix ur fav songs u got a classic

    • Frank

      when I get the chance, I was thinking the same thing. What’s the best mix of the two? (with the bonus songs on the deluxe joint) And without going over 1 CD.

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  • SlimShadeeeeeiy

    obviously AHH was paid to give a review cause this album was truely crap. Around 5 or 6 out of 10. Alot of bad production and this album just shows how these guys feel off. Royce 59 and Eminem both 2 rappers to have fallen off most in hiphop ever. The rest of slaughter they still aight but production needs to be fixed to make album decent

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