When this album first came out I played it just about non-stop for a couple weeks. This was going to happen regardless of how good the album was, because for a few months before this album’s release I already convinced myself that it was going to be the best thing that has ever happened to mankind. Over time I became less and less interested in it to the point where I haven’t even played it for probably a year.
The reasoning for this is that this album has little-to-no replay value. All four members are solid-to-great rappers but the thing they didn’t seem to realize is that you need more than a few nice verses to make a good album. It really feels like they felt that their rapping would carry the album completely and everything else from a musical standpoint wasn’t that important.
One issue I have is with the beats. A couple of these beats are solid, but none of them will blow you away and the majority of them are pretty generic-sounding. And except for “The One“, there really aren’t any catchy hooks to draw your attention either. You don’t need catchy hooks to make a great album (ask Nas), but when you have uninteresting beats and uninteresting hooks you’re off to a pretty bad start.
A bigger issue I have with the album is the song structure. There are 15 tracks on this album with 13 of them being songs and 2 of them skits. Every song has the same “verse-hook-verse-hook-verse-hook-verse-hook” type of thing going for it; they had to get all four members in every single song for some reason. It’s just too much. Some songs vary up the structure a little bit (like “The One” where Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz exchange bars in the last verse), but even those songs really aren’t that different.
Lyrically, almost every song sounds exactly like the one that came before it. The majority of the album consists of bragging about being “lyrical murderers” or great rappers and that’s just about it. For a bunch of guys who take pride in their lyrics, the writing on this album really isn’t that creative.
Being completely honest now that the hype has died down, an album like Slaughterhouse is the very definition of mediocre. They still have the talent to make a potential classic in the future but I’m going to make sure not to get my hopes too high beforehand.