When Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5'9" joined Joe Budden on his 2008 mixtape Halfway House, the chemistry on their collaborative track quickly transformed "Slaughterhouse" the song into Slaughterhouse the hip-hop supergroup. Reacting to past troubles with former labels, the artists initially skipped the traditional distribution route for their music and released some of their first tracks by leaking them on the internet. Among the tracks distributed in this fashion was "Move On," which recounts the group's backstory through music.
In the summer of 2009, Slaughterhouse recorded and released its self-titled debut on E! Music. Featuring "The One," "Microphone," and "Woodstock Hood Hop" (which didn't make the final cut due to sample clearance issues), the album sold 18,000 copies in its first week and has met with critical acclaim. AllMusic.com called the album "tough, cold, and relentless," featuring the veteran rappers "[trading] lines with old-school open mic hunger."
Slaughterhouse released an eponymous EP in February of last year, featuring four new tracks and two remixes of previous releases. After existing independent of a major label for several years, the outfit also signed to Eminem's powerhouse imprint Shady Records in January 2011. According to Budden, the group had been aiming to sign to the label since its inception. "Very early on, the four of us agreed that Shady would be the best place for the group to be," he said, "before our first album was finished." Earlier this year, Slaughterhouse revealed the title of its hotly anticipated full-length label debut, Welcome to: Our House. The disc, which features the recently released lead singles "Hammer Dance" and "My Life" ft. Cee Lo Green, is set to drop on June 12th.
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