Crooked I Speaks On Spearheading The Weekly Song Series

The Slaughterhouse member also addresses how some industry folks weren't in his corner before the group signed to Shady Records.

Credited as the first rapper to release tracks as part of a weekly series, Crooked I takes his trendsetting in stride. The Slaughterhouse member explained that he’s content with creating a new business model for hip-hop and that those who are in the know pay him respect.

“I mean, I think I definitely created a different business model for rappers to promote themselves online. It’s cool to set a trend. Sometimes you don’t get your full props or accolades, but niggas who know, know,” he told Forbez DVD. “And that’s all that counts. To set that trend made me feel good, it made me feel like I had something to offer hip-hop. People took it and they ran with it. Some people salute me when they see me and they talk about it, and some people, they act like they made it.” 

He also spoke on signing to Shady Records after grinding for years. “I feel good because it’s inspiring other artists,” he said. “Niggas who know my story, they know I went through trials and tribulations, valleys and peaks, ups and downs. And then they see me pop up on Shady, and they think, you know what? I can do that shit too. 

But not everyone was in his corner. “Some niggas tried to kick me when I was down. They don’t understand how tough it is to pull yourself back up out of a ditch,” he continued. “The niggas who did it was typical, basic, non-hustling niggas. They didn’t have to hustle for nothing that they got. They got the red carpet treatment all the way through the industry. So they didn’t know how to respect the hustle.”

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12 Comments

  • t

    is it just me or are the articles on this site actually getting better

  • Brandon Caminero

    he is def a beast!!! always spitting!!!

  • Anonymous

    so true, first time i heard this nigga was on the wake up show. He killed that freestyle, but man this nigga dont get props.

  • Anonymous

    Crooked i is my favourite living rapper, its fortunate that he is on a label that can give him a global push-but unfortunate that it is shady-because eminems beats, rhymes and general company standard is a repetitive and very pop based module. Its going to suck listening to these beasts on nutured beats

  • Its Um

    Crooked is a beast, he kills tracks even if they sound awful. With Shady's producers man he'll too ill to stand, make people head explode.

  • P

    Between Him And Royce i CANT rEALLY CHOOSE WHO NICER BUT I FUCKS WIT CROOKED I DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE GROUP

    • @idk bout that 1

      Are you serious? I'm not going to argue why Budden is far from the weakest link in the group, and is also far from a weak rapper because I have been doing so for over 2 years now to no avail. What I will say though is that I'm absolutely baffled that anyone in their right mind would think Termanology would be a better fit in Slaughterhouse than Budden. I mean, at the very least, it's suffice to say that Budden has proved his worth in the group and shown that the 4 of them already share a chemistry that Termanology would all but take away from. Also, Termanology is too much of a backpacking elitist d-bag to participate in the making of songs like "The One." He's not open-minded enough to develop the kind of commercial appeal Slaughterhouse have developed since their formation, which is far from a bad thing for them. Oh well. Too bad he sucks at rapping and anyone in Slaughterhouse would neuter him lyrically.

    • Anonymous

      Termanology is whack as fuck, Reks is way better than him in every aspect of rapping.

    • idk bout that 1

      more like between royce and joell but royce is the best out of the 4 crooked is ahhhh alright at best, buddens is the weakest link they need to kick him out and swap him wit termanology would fit it nicely

  • B

    YO THIS DUDE IS MAD NICE ON THE MIC. HE BE KILLIN SH-T

  • LBC

    Better than your fav rapper.

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