Just Blaze Has Released 2 Songs From Slaughterhouse’s Glass House Album
In 2009, four of Hip-Hop’s sharpest lyricists joined forces to form one of the most beloved super group’s of the last 15 years. Joe Budden, Royce 5’9, Joell Ortiz and Kxng Crooked (then known as Crooked I) each had well-established careers, but Slaughterhouse propelled the collective to mythical heights.
By 2011, after the release of their eponymous debut, Eminem signed Slaughterhouse to Shady Records, solidifying the Shady 2.0 era, which also included Yelawolf. The crew flexed its might in an epic cypher during the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. The showing only served to raise already heightened expectations for what music Slaughterhouse would release with major label backing.
Royce, Joe, Crook and Joell released an appetizer, by way of their August 19, 2012 mixtape, On The House, prior to serving up their long-anticipated album. The project showcased the verbal gymnastics and hard-hitting production fans had come to expect from Slaughterhouse.
When the group followed up with the official album, Welcome to: Our House, a little over a week later, they delivered a product that was much more polished and seemingly designed for commercial radio, rather than the underground fan base they had cultivated. The album was poorly received, both critically and commercially.
Slaughterhouse returned strong in 2014, with the release of their House Rules mixtape. The 10-song effort sported beats from heavy hitters like Nottz, Illmind, AraabMuzik and Harry Fraud. It was a hard reset from the disappointment of Our House, and Slaughterhouse promised that their forthcoming Glass House album would be their best work yet.
Fans waited with anticipation…and waited…and waited…but the album never came. Over the next few years, occasional rumors of the album’s release would surface. By 2017, however, Joe Budden had established himself as a podcast host and declared his Rap career was over.
Tensions between the crew were mounting behind the scenes, and they became very public after Budded delivered a scathing review of Eminem’s Revival album. That moment was one of the first glimpses into how divided the House had become.
Over the next few years, the war of words between crew members escalated to the point of Crooked and Joell releasing an album called The Rise And Fall Of Slauhterhouse, on which they detailed their numerous grievances with how the group prematurely halted. Royce and Joe also made it clear that they too believed Slaughterhouse was done.
Seemingly, at the center of much of the discord was how their unreleased Glass House album was handled. Kxng Crooked and Joell Ortiz blamed Budden for refusing to sign a deal they were offered by a major label to release the album. Budden, with confirmation from Royce, placed the blame on Crook and Joell for not being willing to distribute the album independently, on their own terms.
45 king didn’t die for us to hold on to a bunch of Music. More to come eventually.
— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) October 23, 2023
Regardless of who was to blame, it seemed crystal clear that music from the album was likely never to be heard…until now. Yesterday (October 23), in a since deleted tweet, Just Blaze posted on X: “I just found the slaughterhouse album. Jesus this is great. I might do the lords work.” He then wrote “45 king didn’t die for us to hold on to a bunch of Music. More to come eventually.” The post was accompanied by a link to two previously unreleased songs from Glass House.
Just’s reference was to the recent passing of legendary producer Mark “The 45 King” James, and the undeniable fact that nothing in life is guaranteed.
Fan response to the songs has been overwhelmingly positive, with many clamoring for Just Blaze to release the entire project. Judging by the fact that he deleted the initial tweet, however, it seems much more likely that the door to Glass House has once again been shut.
#bonusbeat: In 2022, Ambrosia For Heads did a comprehensive timeline of the rise and fall of Slaughterhouse during an episode of AFH’s What’s The Headline podcast.