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Slaughterhouse says long wait for new album was worth it
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9" can speak authoritatively about good things coming to those who wait.

The MC did, after all, wait out a long, decade-plus estrangement from his friend Eminem before the two reconciled as Bad Meets Evil and made 2011's chart-topping "Hell: The Sequel." And this week Slaughterhouse, the all-star rap group he's part of and which is signed to Eminem's Shady Records label, released its sophomore album, "Welcome to Our House," after nearly a year and a half of recording.

"This is one of those situations where time wasn't really of the essence," explains Royce (real name Ryan Montgomery), who formed Slaughterhouse in 2008 with fellow MCs Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden after appearing on a song called "Slaughterhouse" from Budden's 2008 album "Halfway House."

The group recorded its 2009 debut in just six days. But this time, Royce says, "We actually spent as much time as we wanted to doing this album and the fact it came together so well...and is being received so well, man, I really feel like this is a goal accomplished. I'm really proud of where we are."

Slaughterhouse's new label supported the process -- especially Eminem, who served as executive producer and was a hands-on presence throughout the recording, which was mostly done at his studio in Ferndale. He also mixed the album and appears on two tracks, plus a third on the deluxe edition of "Welcome to Our House."

"A lot of times the big artists might put their name on the album as executive producer, but he definitely executive produced," says Royce, 35. "He put input everywhere he could without feeling like he was stepping on our toes. He gave us complete creative freedom, but he helped out where he needed to help.

"Sonically, the album wouldn't sound like it sounds without him. That's the reason why I feel like it's night and day from our first album."

Royce also hopes that "Welcome to Our House" changes some perceptions of the four MCs, who also released a mixtape called "On the House" just prior to the album

"People think that we can't write records, write songs," he says. "They think we're just underground rappers, that we can't make songs that compete...and I totally disagree with that.

"So I think this album shows people that you're not going to pop someone else's album in and feel that their songs are better than ours. You might prefer their (songs), but you can't say that we can't make songs that don't compete. We can definitely do it."

Slaughterhouse celebrates the release of "Welcome to Our House" on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Paradime, Dux Jones and Achromatik also perform. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-399-2980. Slaughterhouse will also perform a free show at 8 p.m. Thursday at Best Buy in Fairlane Meadows, 16221 Ford Road, Dearborn. Call 313-240-6655.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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