Crooked I Speaks On New Slaughterhouse Album, Dr. Dre & More

Exclusive: One quarter of the Slaughter shares news about the group's Shady Records debut, talking about production, lyrical content and the album's possible direction.

When Slaughterhouse initially released their self-titled debut, fans were clamoring for the crew to continue making music. After taking the show on the road, rocking festivals and tours for some time, they took somewhat of a break before getting a major break. Rumors fueled stories and those stories became factual when Slaughter announced that they would call Shady Records home, signing on to represent the lab that Eminem built.

Since then, anticipation for a Slaughterhouse album on Shady Records has been steadily soaring. Last week, Crooked I spoke with HipHopDX about the upcoming album, what fans can expect and why he feels it may have the “most quotables ever” in Hip Hop history.

When asked to speak on their work with Eminem, Crook noted that the atmosphere has been great for all members of the group, noting that Eminem is a hard working producer that is taking time to make sure their project is something to be proud of.

“Right now, [Eminem’s] probably somewhere adding some crazy shit to a Slaughterhouse song. A lot of people may know it, but I don’t know if a lot of these new generation dudes in the game know, how much of a producer Em is. He’ll take a song to another level and he’s passionate about it. He might be doing that right now, because that’s how much he works.”

Of course, any time you are in a room with Eminem, the name Dr. Dre tends to pop up. So, when asked if there are talks of several Dre-produced beats, Crook said the album “wouldn’t be complete without at least a couple” tracks from the Good Doc.

“Well, if I’ve got something to say about it, I want Dr. Dre to touch them boards. I’ma need them Dr. Dre tracks, if I’ve got something to say. He’s the greatest producer in Hip Hop history, in my book. It’s hands down.”

We asked if the rumors were true regarding a Dre-produced Slaughterhouse record that has already been finished.

“Well, you know what, I’m not going to say it hasn’t happened all the way. There were some instrumentals laying around with Slaughterhouse’s name on it. So, it will happen. I’m just saying, I don’t think the album would be complete without at least a couple of them but I’m not the CEO of Shady [Laughs]. “

Aside from Eminem and Dr. Dre, Crooked acknowledged that several other producers have given the crew beats to pick from. According to Crook, these beats have been inspiring the rhymers to spit from the heart.

“Now, people are giving us life music. I guess it’s what they want to hear us on or something because we’re not requesting it. But, when it comes our way, they’re pulling out stories, personal feelings and a lot of shit out of us. I’m loving it. This Slaughterhouse album is going to have a mark in the history of Rap. There’s going to be a lot of lyrics on there, man. Just having Em in the building, you’ve got to step your game up. So, it might have the most quotables ever, on one album.”

When pressed to speak on if the producers he was discussing were the same ones who contributed to their debut, he went on to say that some were the same but that many were surprises.

“Some of the same cats, the usual suspects. But, we’ve been getting beats from everywhere, man. So, it’s going to be some usual suspects, some surprises and Em is going to produce a few. I’m just looking forward to it, man! I’m getting into that mode, that Slaughterhouse mode heavy right now.”

While the album is still not finalized, he shared some of what has been going on in the recording process. 

“I’m just excited, man. We’ve been shooting some ideas around with each other, man. We’ve touched bases on a couple of songs and we’ve got a few songs that’s going to be conceptual and real personal. I think the fans are going to love it.“

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  • Tilt

    Did a remix to the song "Cuckoo", check it out if you want, thanks.

  • Stephanie Smith

    This is the Most Exciting Time In the HISTORY of Musical expression, Period. Hip Hop has had a genius in its' midst for over a decade. The man is revving up to rip a whole new level of emotional expression across the globe. This priviledged genre will simply never be the same. What a priviledge to be walking the earth with this great man during such a time as his genius. People on FB are bracing, and, happily holding back behind their patience with the knowledge that genius is Not to be rushed. 0=)

  • DAMN

    wow....this has potential to be one of the best albums of all's amazing rappers and producers all creatively working on a single album together....this does not happen very often...this is huge...this is history


    co-sign. on point.

  • efil4zaggin


  • Slaughterhouse/Shadyhouse/2.0boyz

    fuc you lil'bitch boyz.......we getting dre beats and dre headphones u fucin' bumz. cuz we can get those dre beatz and u bumz can't. SHADY! if ya ain't down wit dat then ur mouth can get down on our dickz once our Shady debute dropz!SHADY!

  • Ganjarelli

    Too many punk bitches on this forum bitchin bout how Dre fell off. OK Bye! Family man, still workin like a slave in the studio, advertising and promoting his own product, and you fucking haters just love to talk when these hard workin O.G.'s that been givin us the epitome of Hip-hop make one or two beats that ain't pop-saturated, copycat bullshit. Much respect to Dre, when Detox drops i'ma pay homage personally, and imo Crooked straight killed Under Pressure, no matter how bad the beat was to begin with.

  • realtalk82

    Anybody in this post saying they don't want slaughter to kill Dre beats please punch yourself in tha face! Your really part of the reason why hiphop is fucked up right now! Remember that!

  • ignitemindz

    I just hope Eminem doesnt produce too many of the album's tracks. I have a very good feeling about this album though. Joell didnt quite come as hard as he could have on the last album, but that dude is the truth. Crooked or Joell dont know whos my favorite

  • ignitemindz

    I just hope Eminem doesnt produce too many of the album's tracks. I have a very good feeling about this album though. Joell didnt quite come as hard as he could have on the last album, but that dude is the truth. As well as the rest of them. Crooked or Joell dont know whos my favorite

  • Anonymous

    Nice to hear they're going the more conceptual way. The debut was great, but too often it sounded like 4 random verses put together. Crooked absolutely ripped Rain Drops, his verse was too damn hard.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Dr.Dre providing beats, yeah right. If anything it'll be more Detox throwaways. When is the last time Dre seriously committed to his own project, let alone somebody else's. I bet Em went with new producers on Recovery because he knew Dre wouldn't have anything ready by this decade.

  • NJ

    Hopefully they won't all be on every track, personally I don't wanna hear Budden and Ortiz on Em & Dre beats but would love to hear Royce and Crooked on them, hope they switch it up a bit.

  • Anonymous

    please no dr dre beats i respect dre, but dre is done and also no beats by emeinem

    • Anonymous

      cosign fam, dre's long since fell off relapse was wack and ems been garbage for nearly a decade shit dres been wack a decade too worse decision they could of ever made far as making music goes was signin with Eminem, good for money BAD FOR THE MUSIC

    • Sean Cody Mahoney

      hahahahah Slaughterhouse!!!!

    • Slaughterhouse

      Ok, nevermind everyone, we're scrapping everything we did for this album so far. This anonymous person doesnt want dre or em beats so we are gonna go restart everything, sorry.

  • Rick

    If Dre does provide beats for Slaughterhouse. They best not be those slow tempoed beats that put you to sleep. He needs to reach in his bag and pull out some old Death Row, NWA type sounding beats

  • Nico 3

    The beats will probably be better, but I just don't think now having Em and Dre are going to be what finally gets these dudes over the top. Em doesn't want to lose face with Interscope, who is the silent lurking partner here. Plus we all know how Dre really is. One minute he's giving you a tite beat, and the next you're bagging groceries at Albertson's all because you disagreed with his direction and didn't want to be molded into a gangsta.

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  • GabrielBlaze

    Shady/ Aftermath/ G-Unit Take Over!!!!!!! Can't wait for this album.

  • Its Um

    Em and Dre beats are going to be slaughtered unlike any artist came before them. It's going to be allsum.

  • sucklord

    please no more beats with rock guitars

    • khordkutta

      The old way? Oh so how, hiphop use to use rock Guitars, on a regular basis? SMH @ yungstas. No more Rock guitars, so you do know Rock is Black music right?

    • jesus

      i agree this is not rock music can we please get back to the old ways of hip hop some of the guitar shit wasnt that bad i understand it was different but just get more creative people u dont have to get crazy to make somethin new

    • Kieran S. Maharaj-Borovitch


  • The187Worm

    Crooked is already a legend in my book...been listening to dude for over 9 years...even his HHW's kills anything, any album in the past some odd years happy dude is blowing up....thanks for the shout out Crook....and for askin my girl to marry my ass at the end of Blood On The she loves ya ass lol

  • Jeremy Orr

    I can't fuckin' wait!!!!! (pardon me) #slaughtermovement



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