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Joe Budden & Royce Da 5'9 Reacts to Ex-Slaughterhouse Members Joell Ortiz & Kxng Crooked's New Album

Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9 and KXNG Crooked - collectively known as Slaughterhouse - released multiple albums, EPs, and mixtapes over the course of a decade. When Crooked announced his departure in 2018, the group dissolved. As Budden pursued his podcast dreams, the other three members continued their solo rap careers.

KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz reunited for a new album called The Rise and Fall of Slaughterhouse on March 10. Prior to its arrival, Budden and Ortiz wound up getting into an argument on Instagram Live with Budden telling his former collaborator, “That album can suck my dick!” Now that the project is out, Budden decided to invite Royce on to his podcast to discuss the album in an episode titled, “Crook & Joell Are Playing The Victims.”

Joe Budden and Royce Da 5'9 commented, however, that they did not get what they expected. Considering the title, Budden and Royce seemed to think it would be one big diss record - but it wasn't. They concluded that the rollout caused more damage than the album itself.

“They kept saying, ‘just wait until you hear the album,'” Budden said. “For me, it was a little anticlimactic. It was like a rollercoaster. You watch it go up. It’s going up and it’s going up, and you expect the … and then you’re let down.”

Budden described the album as a "mouse trap with monetary gain attached" and said he felt tricked into giving attention to the project.

“It speaks to their sense of quality control… There’s such thing that you can do to bring down the quality of the brand,” Royce said. “There’s such thing you can do to raise the quality of the brand.” He also added he was bothered Ortiz and Crooked appeared to blame them for all the “messed-up” decisions other members have made.”

During a recent episode of The Bootleg Kev Podcast, KXNG Crooked discussed the death of Slaughterhouse and suggested that Budden wasn't being truthful about what happened.

“Put yourself in the fans shoes for a minute,” he said. “You’ve been waiting on one of your favourite groups in the world to drop an album for 10 years. Now behind the scenes, I’ve been taking flights to New York, go talk to Paul Rosenberg. I’ve been taking flights to Detroit, talking to Em, talking to Royce, how can we put this back together? It’s not happened in 10 years. So you’re telling me you want me to wait again and then I saw something where Royce said that we weren’t waiting on anybody… that’s a lie.

“So I need to address all this stuff because whenever they say that I just come back with the truth. You can attack my character my integrity, you could try to assassinate it and say that I’m a liar and I’m doing this for money and all that shit.”

Listen to the album below and watch the full episode of The Joe Budden Podcast above


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