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Monday, March 29, 2010

Slaughterhouse to Sign to Eminem's Shady Records Tomorrow?

So last year rumors of Slaughterhouse (the Hip Hop supergroup consisting of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5'9") signing to Eminem's Shady Records were running rampant all over the Internet. The rumors were mostly the result of their appearance with Eminem during his verse in Drake's video for "Forever" (see below) and the recent reconciliation between Eminem and Royce Da 5'9". It seemed that label politics stopped the deal from happening, and the prospect of Hip Hops best new group of lyricists signing to the label of one of Hip Hops greatest MCs would be lost for now. That is, until all the the Twitter rumors started acting up:

"RT @Floss_B: @RoyceDaFive9 what surprise does #Slaughterhouse have for the fans tomorrow? (I'm impatient)<- patience my good man.." - Royce Da 5'9" Twitter

The trending topic from then on was all about Slaughterhouse signing to Shady Records. The next announcement from Eminem's Twitter seemed to only reinforce everyones suspicions:

"And don't worry. Some big news is coming. Soon." - via Eminem's Twitter around 10pm Central

I know this doesn't seem like much evidence but in this day and age Twitter has replaced most media outlets as the number one source for breaking news - 140 Characters has replaced 60 Minutes SMH. I guess we'll find out once Slaughterhouse makes their announcement.

*Update: No news as of yet, this may be just another case of Twitter blowing things out of proportion like they did with Guru’s heart attack. With everyone wondering what is real and what parts are rumors all that we can count on at this point are the “facts” we have so far:

Miss Info Rumors:
In September of 2009 screenshots of Slaughterhouse behind Eminem during his verse on Drake’s “Forever” video surfaced. says that there are rumors “That Slaughterhouse(s) appearance in “Forever,” was indeed a non-verbal announcement of the contract negotiations going on behind the scenes. For the past month, both sides have been working towards bringing the group to the Shady label.”

Royce Da 5’9” Confirms on MTV interview:
A week later Royce was interviewed by MTV stating he's “...been speaking to Em and Paul for a long time…I think it’s a good marriage. Like I said, I just hope it can happen.” But after 5 months of no news afterwards it would seem that something was holding up the process.

Joell Ortiz Reveals Label Troubles:
Cut to earlier this month when Joell starts criticizing Slaughterhouse’s label E1 (formerly known as Koch) for holding up the Shady deal. He also implies on his Twitter that someone else is preventing the Shady deal from happening: “to be fair, e1 is not the only people blocking theres another bozo involved. One.” The “bozo” could have been a reference to DJ Next of Amalgam Digital which was Budden’s record label.

Joe Budden Criticizes Amalgam Digital:
A series of Twitter direct messages leak to the public in which DJ Next of Amalgam Digital claims that Budden misused his recording funds and still owed the label money and an album. Joe later posts on his website forum on that Amalgam was salty for not being able to sign Slaughterhouse and that they were forging contracts and holding up the Shady deal.
(info from

And that leaves us to this point when the rumors started flaring up again. A deal was in the works and Shady Records are obviously interested, but only time will tell. Whether we hear the news this week or in a couple of weeks one things for sure, money and politics always seems to fuck up the creative process. Hip Hop needs this people, please let it happen.

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