16 May 2012
The US Hip Hop supergroup played their London leg of their UK tour last night - check what Suave Debonair had to say!
OK, so what do you get when you cross four big hitting US emcees, signed by one of Hip Hops greatest to his label Shady Records? Slaughterhouse! Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5'9.
Seeing that I hadn’t heard too much from these dudes apart from that which I was played by my boy, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the show. Of course all these artists have had their own shine as solo artists (Crooked I was signed to Death Row Records, Joe Budden had success in the underground mixtape circuit, Royce has released some great singles/albums and Ortiz was lauded with bringing it back for Puerto Rican NY hip hop scene) and those who follow the genre will know each is more than capable of killing it on the mic.
UK rapper Smiler performed a strong warm up set and Mystro hyped the crowd, all before Slaughterhouse took to the stage, one by one dropping their verse for their stand-out album track "Sound Off" with a 'take no prisoners' attitude - and smashed it.
It still seems our peers from 'the land of hot dogs and hamburgers' continue to hold a tight grip over this Hip Hop thing and the crowd was showing love throughout, with highlights being ‘Microphone’ and ‘My Life’ getting the HMV Forum into a real madness, not to mention Joe Budden sliding across the stage like a 5 year old kid at a wedding reception!
You could see that these emcees where in their element and gave as good as they got from the fans. I also have time for any crew that stop the set half way to play Michael MacDonald’s ‘I keep forgetting’ and just vibing to that. Big up Slaughterhouse if you can catch them at a venue near you then do it!
Review: Suave Debonaire.
Online editing: Nick Blatantly Blunt
Video/photo 1 from The Hip Hop Chronicle
(Photo 1 + video from the Hip Hop Chronicle)