‘Our House’ showcases lyrical talents, impressive featured artists and good beats

Omar Oseguera

Esteban Ramirez, Sports Editor

The very anticipated, “Welcome to: Our House,” second album of rap group Slaughterhouse is finally out. It was officially released on Aug. 28 through Shady Records.

For all those who don’t know who Slaughterhouse is, they are rap group that consists of Joe Budden, Royce da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I. They joined together to make this supergroup about four years ago, and released their first album in 2009. The success of their first album and being featured on other songs led to them being signed to Shady Records in 2011.

I’ve been waiting for this album to come out, especially when they came out with a really good mixtape a week before. I was actually pleasantly satisfied with this album, aside from the song “Throw That” which had Eminem as the featured artist who is also the executive producer of the album.

I just hated that the song was such a dumb mainstream song, and a song that was so beneath Slaughterhouse. I expected that they would have at least one song like this when they signed with Shady Records.

Other than that song, I thought it was another good album by Slaughterhouse, and they kept that killer rap style that they’re known for. I loved that they still showcased the thing that no other group can match. That’s that lyric for lyric no group is better. They had some nice metaphors. The album also had good beats even though they sounded like they were beats picked by Eminem. I also liked that they had good featured artists.

Some of the artists are Skylar Grey, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Swizz Beatz, Ceelo Green and B.O.B.

Some of the songs that had me listening over and over again were “Our Way,” “Frat House,” “Rescue Me,” and “Goodbye.” On these songs, I just loved the combination of a good beat with good lyrics, not just having one or the other.

I really liked the lyrics in “Rescue Me” especially Joe Budden’s verse when he says, “To you it’s a dream, and to me it’s labor. These aren’t monsters, these are my neighbors, and we watch each other’s back. I guess it’s a favor for a favor. Sometimes they even save me when my wrist is to that razor.”

I also liked Joell Ortiz’s verse on “Our Way” when he says, “I’m here for the duration, and you’re here for reputation. Slide them ‘Dre’s’ over your shit; prepare your ears for devastation.”

This is definitely a good album that only has one mistake in it, and that was a horribly bad mainstream song, but other than that it has to be one of the best rap albums to have come out this year.

I definitely recommend getting this album because it is a must get for any rap fan or just a music fan in general.