Joe Budden & Royce Da 5'9" Critique KXNG Crooked & Joell Ortiz's "Rise & Fall Of Slaughterhouse"

Slaughterhouse was a musical supergroup composed of rappers Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Kxng Crooked, and Royce da 5’9”. Though the group parted ways in 2018, recent rumors had fans believing that the group was making a comeback. Unfortunately, only half of the members followed through with a project. 

KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz recently released a joint body of work titled Rise & Fall of Slaughterhouse on March 11 of this year. The promotion and rollout of this new album, which clearly referenced the group as a whole, didn’t sit too well with the left-out members of the ex-group. 

Royce joined Joe on his show, The Joe Budden Podcast, to give a review of the project that seemingly was a diss to them. Uploaded to YouTube, the video was titled, “Crook & Joell Are Playing The Victims,” thus already alluding to the duo’s distaste. 

Starting out the discussion, Joe had a hard time figuring out how he should go about giving a review. In an effort to be unbiased, he had to choose which ‘hat’ he should wear when giving an opinion— his options being: the therapist, MC, or friend. 

Royce also felt that there were numerous ways to assess the album. “One way to look at it is if it gave you the fulfillment you were looking for. We don’t qualify to say if y’all hit y’alls mark. If there was a certain reaction that they were looking for from us, I would need to know what that is,” he stated.


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Royce believes that the feelings the two rappers thought they would evoke in him were actually the complete opposite. He went on to explain that the rollout of the album hurt him more than the music itself, as every song was not about him and Joe, or the fall of Slaughterhouse, like they initially thought it would be.

“They kept saying, ‘just wait until you hear the album,’” Budden mentioned. Joe was also…

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