Rise & Fall of Slaughterhouse

It’s been long talked about, and tensions hit an all time high during some IG live sessions and social media back and forth – Slaughterhouse. Half of the former ‘superteam’ – KXNG Crooked & Joell Ortiz – are back on their grind and have used this album, ‘The Rise & Fall of Slaughter House‘ to continue their incredible chemistry and top tier lyricism, but to also address what actually happened between the four emcees and what we can only believe to be – former friends (see ‘Coastin’ verse 1).

KXNG Crook and Joell Ortiz are a dynamic duo in their own right, having already dropped ‘H.A.R.D‘ in late 2020 with hugely positive feedback and the chemistry between the rhymeslingers is on full display in this explosive, emotive and well crafted & delivered hip hop offering. But don’t get it twisted, this isn’t just a full length diss album, this is hip hop – complete with dope beats and dope bars. Yes, it speaks on some of the Slaughterhouse drama, provides some additional insight into the fallout and speaks clearly as to the state of affairs, but that’s only one element of this joint.

This is essentially a concept album – it uses 13 incredible tracks, dope production and sharp penmanship to tell the story of Slaughterhouse from start to finish. It’s emotive, but not all in its feelings, there are some genuine questions raised as well, but more importantly it puts the fans, the hip hop heads who were the key supporters of the conglomerate, into the fray and gives them some insight, perspective and understanding. Because if you care about your fans, you speak on it right? Well, that’s how Crook and Joell roll, and we benefit from their memoirs.

A genuine rap rollercoaster, Crook and Joell also speak on their come up, how they were raised, how hip hop influenced their lives and intertwine the Slaughterhouse experience in amongst those street tales. The result is a brilliant album. Kxng Crooked and Joell not only have great synergy with each other, they are both masters of two things – penmanship and flow. The different flows, the wordplay, the cadence, listening to this duo deliver seamless and effortless music with a passion that is palpable, is a guilty pleasure.

In short, I don’t give a fuck if you loved Slaughterhouse, thought they sold out, really rate them or felt they were over-publicised backpack rappers. This album stands alone as a fantastic body of work that is well worth your time investment – again and again. And if you choose not to listen to it, your loss.

Bangers: Vacancy, Fukglasshouse, Almighty, Look Mama, Smoke

Score: 9.5 / 10. Despite the ‘controversial’ content, this is one killer hip hop album and serves a real purpose. Not only to continue to give fans the best hip hop they can, but to also provide some context to an unfortuante situation that occured to ‘the best group that never was’. The additional insight into their respective paths to this point are equally powerful and poignant. Slaughterhouse is dead, but you can keep that anyway, we’ve got H.A.R.D and there isn’t much better right now.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!

2 thoughts on “REVIEW | KXNG Crooked & Joell Ortiz – Rise & Fall of Slaughterhouse”
  1. This isn’t their best work .. definitely not a 9.5 and love slaughter and Viking from Eastside Long Beach I’m a huge crook fan, but this wasn’t an album worth hearing all the way through

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