Slaughterhouse is a hip hop supergroup consisting of rappers Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked and Royce da 5'9". They are currently signed to Shady Records under Interscope. They have released two studio albums as a group, the independently released Slaughterhouse and Shady Records backed, Welcome to: Our House.
The group formed in late 2008 after Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9", and Joe Budden appeared on the song "Slaughterhouse" from Joe Budden's album Halfway House. They decided to form a group, and named the group after the song.
The members of Slaughterhouse all share some degree of controversy from their past in the music industry. All four address these issues in the song "Move On", informing any interviewers out there that their pasts are behind them and that questions pertaining to these events are not relevant.
Their self-titled debut album was released on August 11, 2009 on E1 Music. The album was reportedly recorded over a six-day period in early June. The album features production from Focus, The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, StreetRunner and Mr. Porter of D12. On June 18, 2009, the first street single off the album was released via Joe Budden's Twitter account.
The track was "Woodstock (Hood Hop)" and features M.O.P. on the hook. The first official single from the album was "The One". A second video for the song Microphone has also been released in late 2009. A video directed by Rik Cordero.
The group initially planned for their second album to release in 2010, tentatively named by Crooked I as No Muzzle. In late 2009, however, Royce da 5'9" confirmed talks between the group and Shady Records, stating that he felt their second album should be released on a major label.