Slaughterhouse – House Rules

The group of rapping ass rappers is back at it again after much speculation as to when (or for some people, if) their next album will drop. Now, I definitely wasn’t a fan of their last effort, and they’ve heard it from many voices of people who had high expectations of them. It was forced, it was commercial, and it simply wasn’t them. They’re capable of rapping over a lot of individuals, but that’s mainly through mix tapes & freestyles where their best efforts come about. What was needed for an extra push? Perhaps this mix tape that dropped. I heard Say Dat Then prior to knowing that the mix tape had dropped, and it was an instant screwface joint that delivered with the bars (no surprise) and the beat itself. Having listened to the whole mix tape, there’s more of that although there aren’t the most amount of tracks available – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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You know what you’re getting when it comes to Slaughterhouse because they can rap, there’s no denying it, and everyone knows it. It’s just what can they do with it to garner more fans and for the rest of the rap game to take them seriously? The people have been waiting, and the vets, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz have been in the game long enough to taste the sweetness of success and the bitterness of failures. Their honesty and candidness through their array of aggressive rhymes is what separates them from many groups out there, and this mixtape proves that over and over. It’s a great project to hold over while the wait for the album continues. Hopefully they build from the strength of this and erase the mediocrity that was Welcome To Our House. Illmind Interlude, Keep It 100, and Offshore are also notable tracks that may have you keep them on repeat periodically, but the tape itself is enjoyable from start to finish. Take it in, and most definitely enjoy.

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